Bleu Cheesy Broccoli Potato Soup

1 lg. onion, diced
3 lg. cloves garlic, minced
5 Tbsp. butter
2-3 med. potatoes, grated
1 carrot, grated
1 green pepper, seeded and diced (optional)
1 lg. head broccoli, chopped
4 c. veg. or chicken stock
5 oz. bleu cheese, crumbled
1 c. half-and-half or cream
1 c. milk
1/3 c. dry sherry
Sea salt and gr. pepper to taste
Fresh parsley, minced

In a large pot, saute onion and garlic in butter until soft, about 5 min.  Add potato, carrot, green pepper and broccoli.  Saute 2-3 min., then add stock.  Simmer until all ingredients are soft.  Puree soup in a food processor or blender.  Heat puree over med. heat, stirring in cheese, cream and milk.  Simmer a couple minutes, then add sherry.  Add salt and pepper to taste.  Garnish with parsley.  Serves 6.

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