Longhorn Steakhouse Broccoli Asiago Cheddar Soup (longhornsteaksathome)

6 T unsalted butter
1 small onion, chopped
1/4 c flour
2 c half and half
3 c low sodium chicken broth
2 bay leaves
1/4 t freshly grated nutmeg
kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
4 c broccoli florets
2 c grated white cheddar cheese & more for garnish
1/2 c grated asiago cheese

Melt the butter in a large Dutch oven or pot over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until tender, about 5 min. Whisk in the flour and cook until golden, 3 – 4 min, then gradually whisk in the half and half until smooth. Add the chicken broth, bay leaves and nutmeg, then season with salt and pepper and bring to a simmer. Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook uncovered until thickened, about 20 min. Add the broccoli to the broth mix and simmer until tender, about 20 min. Discard the bay leaves. Puree the soup in batches in a blender until smooth. Return to the pot. (Or puree the soup in the pot with an immersion blender). Add the cheese to the soup and whisk over medium heat until melted. Add up to 3/4 c water if the soup is too thick. Ladle into the bread bowls and garnish with cheese. Serves 4.

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