"A hearty cheesy chowder to warm up even the coldest nights."
head broccoli, chopped
red bell pepper, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
garlic clove, finely chopped
sharp cheddar cheese, coarsely grated
Peel potato and cut into 1/2-inch cubes. Cook potato, onion, bell pepper, broccoli stems, and garlic in butter in a 3- to 4-quart heavy pot over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until onion is softened, 8 to 10 minutes. Add cumin, salt, pepper, and mustard and cook, stirring, 1 minute. Add flour and cook, stirring, 2 minutes. Add water and simmer (partially covered), stirring occasionally, until potatoes are tender, about 10 minutes. Stir in cream and cheese and cook, stirring, until cheese is melted, then season with salt and pepper.
Puree about 2 cups of chowder in a blender until smooth (use caution when blending hot liquids) and return to pot. Cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until heated through, about 2 minutes.
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Cheddar Chowder With Red Pepper (cont.)