Broccoli-Cheese Noodle Soup

3 C chopped broccoli — fresh or frozen
2 oz angel hair pasta, broken into small pieces (you can substitute tiny shells or Mexican Fideo noodles)
1/4 C butter
1 T flour
1 C water
3/4 C milk
1/4 t pepper
6 oz Colby or Cheddar cheese, grated
1/2 C sour cream

Cook the broccoli and the pasta according to the package directions and drain. In a large saucepan, melt the butter and stir in the flour until smooth. Gradually stir in the water, milk, and pepper. Bring to a boil, cook and stir for a couple of minutes until thickened. Reduce heat and stir in the cheese, broccoli, and pasta. When the cheese has melted, remove from heat and stir in the sour cream.

Serve each bowl garnished with minced parsley, green onions, chives, or bacon bits.