Broccoli-Cauliflower Cheese Soup

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  • 6 Slices bacon
  • 1 Small Chopped onion
  • 3 Cloves Chopped Garlic
  • 2 Cups Chicken broth
  • ½ lb Broccoli cut into florets
  • 1 ½ lb Cauliflower cut into florets
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • 2 T unsalted butter
  • 1 Cup Heavy Cream
  • 1 ½ Cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese, divided
  • ½ tsp Thyme
  • 2 Chopped green onions.

In a heavy stockpot, cook bacon over medium heat until desired crispness. Remove from pot, crumble, and set aside. Saute onions in reserved bacon grease 3-4 minutes or until tender. Add chopped garlic and cook about 1 minute until fragrant.

Add the chicken broth, broccoli, cauliflower, and a dash of salt & pepper. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer for 4-5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Add butter and cream, stirring well to combine. Add 1 cup of the cheese and stir slowly until melted. Add 2/3 of the cooked bacon, thyme, and salt & pepper to taste. Cover and simmer for 5 minutes over low heat, stirring occasionally.

Ladle into soup bowls, top with remaining bacon, cheese, and green onions. Serve with a slice of grilled crusty bread. Makes 4 servings.