Warm up this winter with a classic Broccoli Cheddar Soup. Panera made this a cold weather staple, now it's time to make it at home!
Melt butter in a large dutch oven. Add onion and carrot and cook over medium heat until softened.
Mix in flour and stir to coat. Stir in half and half and chicken stock. Add broccoli, bay leaf and season to taste with salt and pepper. Cover and let simmer for 15 minutes.
Remove bay leaf and stir in cheddar cheese. Remove from heat and use an immersion blender to blend soup together. Serve and enjoy!