My sister M sent me this recipe. Today seems like the perfect day to make it.
Panera Bread's Broccoli Cheddar Soup: (serves 4)
1 TB Butter, melted
1/2 medium onion diced
1/4 c butter
1/4 c flour
2 c half and half (M uses 1 cup half and half and 1 cup milk)
2 c chicken stock
1/2 lb broccoli (fresh or frozen)
Salt and pepper to taste
1/4 tsp nutmeg
8 oz sharp cheddar cheese, grated
Saute onion in the 1TB butter until soft. Add the 1/4 c butter and when
melted, add the flour. Wisk over medium heat for 3 - 5 minutes. Stirring
constantly, slowly add the half and half. When incorporated, add the
chicken stock, continue stirring. Simmer for about 20 minutes, stirring
every few minutes. Add the broccoli and cook over low heat until tender,
about 20 minutes. Add salt and pepper. Use a hand immersion blender to
chop up the broccoli. ( I don't completely blend it - I like small chunks
of broccoli). Add grated cheese and stir until melted and combined. Stir
in nutmeg. Serve with crusty bread.
Eat on a sad day. Repeat as often as necessary.