Garlic/Onion Soup

This recipe can be prepared in 45 minutes or less.

3 tablespoons butter
2 cups chopped onions
peeled garlic cloves (about 30)
2 tablespoons all purpose flour
3 14 1/2-ounce cans low-salt chicken broth
1 cup half and half
1/2 cup dry Sherry
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 small bay leaf

Melt butter in large pot over medium heat. Add onions and garlic.
Cover; cook until onions are tender but not brown, stirring occasionally, about 10 minutes.
Add flour; stir 2 minutes. Add broth, half and half, Sherry, thyme and bay leaf; bring to boil.
Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer uncovered until garlic is very tender, about 30 minutes.
Discard bay leaf. Working in batches, puree the soup.
Return to pot. Season with salt and pepper. Rewarm soup over medium heat; serve.