Broccoli Smoked Gouda Soup
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- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1⁄2 onion, diced
- 4 large garlic cloves, diced
- 3 tablespoons flour
- 24 ounces broccoli, chopped
- 1 lb russet potato, peeled and chopped
- 4 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
- 1⁄2 cup half-and-half
- 2 cups smoked gouda cheese, shredded
- Heat olive oil in a large pot on medium heat. Saute onions until they start to turn translucent, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and heat for another minute will stirring constantly. Stir in flour and cook for another minute while stirring constantly.
- Stir in chopped broccoli and potato, making sure to coat all pieces with the sauteed onion, garlic, and flour mixture.
- Add chicken broth and bring to a boil. Lower to medium heat and cook for another 20 minutes, or until broccoli and potato pieces soften. Stir in half-and-half.
- Transfer everything to a blender and blend until smooth.
- Return pureed mix to the pot. Stir in shredded gouda, Serve immediately.
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