No need to go to a fancy restaurant... this is the best broccoli cheese soup you will ever have!
broccolli cheese soup
2(roughly 16 ounces) large florets of fresh broccoli
1/2cup(113g) salted butter
1(about 1 cup) large onion finely diced
7cups(56 ounces) chicken broth
1/2lbmuenster cheese shredded
1lbcheddar cheese shredded
2cups(480 grams, 16 ounces) half and half
EVOO for drizzling over broccoli as it roasts
salt and pepper to taste
On a large cookie sheet place broccoli florets. Cover in 2-4 tablespoons of good Extra Virgin Olive Oil and salt and pepper to taste. Bake at 400 degrees F for 15 minutes. (can bake for additional 5 minutes for extra crispy broccoli) When done and cooled slightly, finely chop broccoli and set aside.
In a large pot, melt butter over medium heat. Finely dice an onion and add to melted butter. Cook for about 3-5 minutes. Pour in chicken broth and let simmer for about 15 minutes.
Reduce heat in large pot and add in all of the cheddar cheese and most of the muenster. Only save enough muenster to garnish. Add in half and half and garlic powder.
In a small bowl stir cornstarch into water until dissolved. Add cornstarch mixture to broth mixture and combine. Add in roasted broccoli and continue to cook over low heat until soup is thick and creamy!