Broccoli Cheese Soup

1 onion - chopped
1/2 cup margarine
2 (16 ounce) packages frozen chopped broccoli
4 (14.5 ounce) cans chicken broth
1 (2 pound) loaf processed cheese food, cubed
2 cups 1/2 and 1/2 (or milk)
1 tablespoon garlic powder
2/3 cup cornstarch

  1. In a stockpot, melt butter over medium heat.
  2. Cook onion in butter until softened.
  3. Stir in broccoli, and cover with 3 cans of chicken broth.
  4. Simmer until broccoli is tender, 10 to 15 minutes.
  5. Reduce heat, and stir in cheese cubes until melted.
  6. Mix in milk and garlic powder.
  7. In a small bowl, stir cornstarch into final can of chicken broth until dissolved.
  8. Stir into soup; cook, stirring frequently, until thick.

This was adapted from the following link on the All Receipes website Broccoli Cheese Soup. Our church congregation has a tradition of serving soup and grilled cheese sandwiches before our Christmas Eve service each year. This soup has been a hit at that service.