Vegetable Bisque

3 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons flour
4 cups chicken broth
2 cups coarsely chopped broccoli
3/4 cup chopped carrots
1/2 cup chopped celery
1 small chopped onion
1 small clove garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon thyme
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1 cup heavy cream
1 egg yolk
1 1/2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese

In a large, heavy saucepan, melt butter. Add flour and cook several minutes, stirring. Remove from heat. Gradually blend in broth. Bring to boil, stirring, and add broccoli, carrots, celery, onion, garlic, thyme, salt and pepper which have been mixed. Cover and simmer 8 minutes until vegetables are tender.

Blend cream and egg. Gradually blend in several teaspoons of soup. Return to soup and cook, stirring until thickened, and blend in cheese.

Serves 6 to 8.

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