Homemade Panera Broccoli Cheese Soup



Ingredients: 

  • 2 cups broccoli florets 
  • 2 cups chicken broth 
  • 1/2 cup of sharp cheddar cheese, plus extra for topping [freshly grated] 
  • 1 heaping cup of regular gouda cheese [freshly grated] 
  • 1 cup fresh carrots 
  • 2 small white onion 
  • 2 large cloves of garlic 
  • 1 cup half and half 
  • 3 Tbsp all purpose flour 
  • 3 Tbsp butter 
  • 1 bay leaf 
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder 
  • 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg 
  • 1/8 tsp dried basil 
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper 
  • 1/8 tsp salt dash of ground black pepper, to taste

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