Broccoli Cheddar Soup

Since this Sunday is such a rainy and cold one, I decided to make my first soup! It is also my favorite soup, Broccoli Cheddar!! I wanted to make it as close to Panera’s version as I could and I absolutely loved it.
I found this recipe on Pinterest, and it came from:
http://www.thecomfortofcooking.com

Ingredients:
1 tblspn butter
1/2 medium onion, chopped
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup flour
2 cups half & half
4 cups chicken stock
16 oz. fresh broccoli florets, chopped
1 cup grated carrots
Salt & pepper to taste
8 oz. sharp cheddar cheese, shredded

Directions:
In a large pot over medium heat, melt the tablespoon on butter.
Add chopped onions and cook until soft and tender, about 3 minutes.
Add the 1/4 cup of butter and flour and whisk until thick.
Continue to whisk while adding all the chicken broth and half & half.
Simmer on low-medium heat for about 20 minutes.
Add broccoli, carrots, salt and pepper, and mix, then simmer on low heat for 30-35 minutes.
Remove from heat and pulse with an immersion blender until smooth.
Place back on low heat and add cheese , mix and simmer for 10 more minutes.

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