Broccoli Cheese Soup
1 tablespoon butter, melted
3 pearl onions onion, chopped
1/4 cup melted butter
1/4 cup flour
2 cups half-and-half
2 cups chicken or vegetable stock
1 head fresh broccoli
salt and pepper to taste
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
8 ounces grated sharp cheddar
1Saute onion in butter. Set aside.
2 Cook melted butter and flour using a whisk over medium heat for 3-5 minutes. Stir constantly and slowly add the half-and-half (this is called making a roux). Add the stock whisking all the time. Simmer for 20 minutes.
3 Add the broccoli and onions. Cook over low heat until the veggies are tender for 20-25 minutes. Add salt and pepper. The soup should be thickened by now.
4 Pour in batches into blender and puree. Return to pot over low heat and add the grated cheese; stir until well blended. Stir in the nutmeg and serve.