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Broccoli Bisque

2 tablespoons butter
1 1/4 to 1 1/2 bunches fresh broccoli,
    trimmed and chopped
1 medium onion, coarsely chopped
1/2 to 1 teaspoon curry powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
Dash of freshly ground pepper
3 1/2 cups chicken broth
2 tablespoons lime juice (or lemon)

Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add broccoli, onion and curry powder. Sauté a minute or two, but do not allow the onion to brown. Add salt, pepper and broth. Stir until mixed. Cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until broccoli is just tender, about 8 to 10 minutes.

Cool slightly, then pour half of mixture into blender container. Cover and blend until smooth. Repeat with remaining mixture. Add lime juice. Reheat and serve. Garnish with lemon slices.

Makes 6 servings.