Combine first 11 ingredients in a Dutch oven; bring to a boil, Cover. Reduce heat and simmer 30 minutes or until broccolli is tender, stirring occasionally. Spoon 1/3 of broccolli mixture into container of electric blender or processor; blend or process 20 seconds. Repeat until all ingredients have been blended. Pour mixture back into Dutch oven. Stir in milk, and simmer 20 minutes. Garnish each serving with cheese, if desired.
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Cajun Country -- New Iberia, Louisiana