3cupsChicken Broth (if you want a thicker soup, use 2 ½ cups)
1teaspoonDried Mustard Powder
3cupsSharp Cheddar Cheese(grated)
¼teaspoonRed Pepper Flakes(optional)
Garlic Butter Homemade Croutons(optional)
Heat a large pot over medium heat. Add 4 Tablespoons of butter and let it melt. Add onions and carrots and cook for about 7-8 minutes, stirring often. Add garlic and saute for 1 minute.
Add remaining 4 Tablespoons of butter. Stir in flour. Add chicken broth and use a whisk to mix together. Add dried mustard powder, cayenne, salt, and pepper.
Add broccoli and half-n-half. Let simmer for about 20 minutes or until broccoli is softened. Add cheese ½ cup at a time, stirring well after each addition. This helps to keep the creamy consistency and not end up with a grainy consistency.
Taste for seasonings. Add more salt and pepper, if needed. Serve with homemade garlic butter croutons or buttery crusty bread for dipping.