Sketch-Free Broccoli and Cheese Soup

This is by far, hands down, THE best broccoli and cheese soup I have ever tasted. My husband does not like soup and he couldn’t get enough of it!


one bunch of fresh broccoli [enough for a few cups of chopped tops] 2 cups vegetable [or chicken!] stock
1/2 cup of sharp cheddar cheese, plus plenty extra for topping [freshly grated] 1 heaping cup of regular gouda cheese [freshly grated, rind removed] 1 cup of shredded carrots [or a little extra!]
1 small white onion [about 2/3 cup or 1 cup, chopped] 2 large cloves of garlic, minced
1 cup half and half [or heavy cream]
3 TBSP all purpose flour
3 TBSP butter
1 bay leaf
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/8 tsp allspice
1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
1/8 tsp dried basil
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
1/8 tsp salt [will vary based on salt content of your stock/broth]
a few cranks of freshly ground black pepper, to taste
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