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July 31, 2020

Instant Pot Broccoli Cheddar Soup

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This Instant Pot Broccoli Cheddar Soup is filled with hearty veggies and a good helping of cheese.  This soup recipe will be one of the best things you cook all week in your Instant Pot.  This Broccoli Cheddar Soup is easy and delicious and an easy dinner to prepare on Sunday. Try this Broccoli Cheddar Soup today and let us know what you think! 

Instant Pot Broccoli Cheddar Soup is filled with hearty veggies and a good helping of cheese.  I can almost guarantee it will be one of the best things you cook all week in your Instant Pot.  Try it today and let us know what you think! 

 

Instant Pot Broccoli Cheddar Soup has become one of the most popular dishes we have made in our Instant Pot. It has tons of great reviews on Pinterest with thousands of repins. And, it is an easy and delicious Panera copycat broccoli cheddar soup!  It’s a family loved pressure cooker recipe, indeed.

Made with loads of delicious ingredients including matchstick style shredded carrots, celery, diced onions, a healthy helping of fresh broccoli (you can also use frozen, if needed) and lots of flavorful sharp cheddar cheese.  In my opinion, a combination of sharp and mild cheddar really helps bring the flavor to life.  

We have severed this amazing soup recipe for large parties, office pot lucks, for football tailgates and so much more!  There hasn’t been anyone that does not love this broccoli and cheddar soup, y’all. It’s absolutely delicious.  I can’t wait to hear what you all think!  

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This Instant Pot Broccoli Cheddar Soup is filled with hearty veggies and a good helping of cheese.  This soup recipe will be one of the best things you cook all week in your Instant Pot.  This Broccoli Cheddar Soup is easy and delicious and an easy dinner to prepare on Sunday. Try this Broccoli Cheddar Soup today and let us know what you think! 

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TIPS FOR MAKING INSTANT POT BROCCOLI CHEDDAR SOUP: 

For this broccoli cheddar soup recipe, I love to add both mild and sharp cheddar cheese.  I think the sharp cheddar really gives it that extra flavor. 

Also, when possible, I prefer to shred my cheese from a block as opposed to using preshredded cheese. I find shredding cheese by hand helps the cheese melt better with less clumping.  However, I have made this broccoli and cheese soup with preshredded cheese and it’s still easy and delicious.  Did we mention it tastes identical to Panera’s broccoli and cheese soup?  πŸ™‚

For hot sauce, I chose Louisiana, but you can also use Frank’s RedHot or any others you might like. 

As for the broccoli, I try to use fresh broccoli whenever possible, but you can use frozen broccoli instead, if needed.  

You can also meal prep this Instant Pot soup on Sunday and freeze, if needed.  I think this broccoli cheddar soup recipe is even better the days that follow with some great garlic bread for dipping. 

When freezing, I break the batch up into to different sizes so my family can thaw and eat at their own times.  Simply store in a freezer safe plastic bag or other freezer safe container. 

It is made with dairy so when you thawn, there are times when the dairy can seperate from the other ingredients.  In order to prevent this from happening, I typically throw it in a pot over medium heat and stir regularly.  

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This Instant Pot Broccoli Cheddar Soup is filled with hearty veggies and a good helping of cheese.  This soup recipe will be one of the best things you cook all week in your Instant Pot.  This Broccoli Cheddar Soup is easy and delicious and an easy dinner to prepare on Sunday. Try this Broccoli Cheddar Soup today and let us know what you think! 

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INGREDIENTS FOR INSTANT POT BROCCOLI CHEDDAR SOUP:

  • 1 tablespoon garlic pepper
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 3 cups vegetable broth (you can also use chicken broth, if needed)
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 1 cup shredded carrots (I prefer matchstick style, but you can also use diced)
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 celery stalk, finely chopped
  • 1 cup half and half
  • 2 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon hot sauce
  • 2 1/2 cups tightly packed mild cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup tightly packed sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 pound broccoli florets (feel free to use frozen broccoli, if needed) 
  • Pinch of red pepper flakes (optional)

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This Instant Pot Broccoli Cheddar Soup is filled with hearty veggies and a good helping of cheese.  This soup recipe will be one of the best things you cook all week in your Instant Pot.  This Broccoli Cheddar Soup is easy and delicious and an easy dinner to prepare on Sunday. Try this Broccoli Cheddar Soup today and let us know what you think! 

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HOW TO MAKE INSTANT POT BROCCOLI CHEDDAR SOUP: 

  1. Turn Instant Pot on and select Saute mode.  
  2. Add the butter, carrots, celery and salt and saute until the onion is slightly softened, about 5 minutes.  
  3. Add broccoli, broth and secure the lid onto the Instant Pot.    
  4. Press the ‘Cancel’ button to reset the cooking program, then select the ‘Pressure Cooking’ or ‘Manual’ function and set the cooking time to 1 minute on high pressure.  
  5. While the soup is cooking, stir together the half and half, cornstarch, garlic pepper, Italian seasoning and hot sauce in a mixing bowl and set aside. 
  6. When timer beeps, quick release pressure or ‘Venting’ to release steam fully. 
  7. Open the Instant Pot and press ‘Cancel’ to reset the cooking program.  
  8. Now, select the ‘Saute’ function and stir in half and half mixture. 
  9. Add cheese slowly and continue to stir until all ingredients are fully combined and cheese is melted.  Add in any additional cheese to taste.  
  10. Let the soup come to a simmer for about 1 to 2 minutes to help thicken.  
  11. Press the ‘Cancel’ button to turn off the Instant Pot.  Taste and add any additional seasoning or hot sauce, as neeeded.  
  12. Serve and enjoy!  
  13. Top with any additional cheese, if desired. 

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Instant Pot Broccoli Cheddar Soup

4.88 from 8 votes
SERVES/MAKES: 6 people
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon garlic pepper
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 3 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 celery stalk, finely chopped
  • 1 cup half and half
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon hot sauce
  • 2 1/2 cups tightly packed mild cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup tightly packed sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 pound broccoli florets

Instructions:

  • Turn Instant Pot on and select the β€˜Saute’ function.
  • Add the butter, carrots, celery and salt and saute until the onion is slightly softened, about 5 minutes.Β Β 
  • Add broccoli, broth and secure the lid onto the Instant Pot.
  • Press the β€˜Cancel’ button to reset the cooking program, then select the β€˜Pressure Cooking’ or β€˜Manual’ function and set the cooking time to 1 minute on high pressure.Β 
  • While the soup is cooking, stir together the half and half, cornstarch, garlic pepper, Italian seasoning and hot sauce in a mixing bowl and set aside.
  • When timer beeps, quick release pressure or β€˜Venting’ to release steam fully.
  • Open the Instant Pot and press β€˜Cancel’ to reset the cooking program.
  • Now, select the β€˜Saute’ function and stir in half and half mixture.
  • Add cheese slowly and continue to stir until all ingredients are fully combined and cheese is melted.Β  Add in any additional cheese to taste.Β 
  • Let the soup come to a simmer for about 1 to 2 minutes to help thicken.Β Β 
  • Press the β€˜Cancel’ button to turn off the Instant Pot.Β  Taste and add any additional seasoning or hot sauce, as neeeded.Β Β 
  • Serve and enjoy!
  • Top with any additional cheese, if desired.Β 

Tips / Notes:

TIPS FOR MAKING INSTANT POT BROCCOLI CHEDDAR SOUP:Β 

  1. I love to add both mild and sharp cheddar to this recipe.Β  I think the sharp cheddar really gives it that extra flavor.Β Β 
  2. For hot sauce, I chose Louisiana, but you can also use Frank’s RedHot or any others you might like.Β 
  3. This recipe is great to make on a Sunday and freeze for the week.Β  I think this Instant Pot Broccoli Cheddar soup is even better the days that follow with some great garlic bread for dipping.Β Β When freezing, I break the batch up into to different batches so my family can thaw and eat at their own times.Β Β Simply store in a freezer safe plastic bag or other freezer safe container.Β 

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  1. 5 stars
    I absolutely loved this! And the rest of my picky family of 5 enjoyed it as well! Happy to add this to the rotation. I cut my costco broccoli florets up a bit smaller than they come out of the bag so they are all bite size. Thank you for sharing the recipe!

    • Brenda – thank you so much for your comment! I am so glad you enjoyed it! It’s one of our families favorite soups, too. πŸ™‚

    • Hi Sally – thank you so much for your question! Half and Half is a simple blend of equal parts whole milk and light cream. You can typically find it in the refrigerator isle of any grocery store or places like Target or Walmart. I hope that helps! If there are any other questions, please feel free to let me know!

  2. 5 stars
    This turned out amazing! Great flavors. Thank you for sharing! We will definitely keep this recipe in our regular rotation.

    • Hi Kelly! It just means when you are measuring it out, make sure it’s tightly packed in the cup so you get as much of the cheese as possible. Hope that helps!

  3. Just made this & I must say, it was delicious! So much so that I would love to make another batch to stick in the freezer for later. Do you know if this recipe would freeze well?

    • Hi there! I am so so glad you liked it! It’s one of our all-time favorite meals as well! You can definitely freeze it, but beacuse it has cream/milk they can seperate when you thaw it out. That did not happen for me, but I did place it back on heat and try to stir regularly. I hope that helps! If you have any other questions, don’t hesitate to let me know! Happy to help in any way!

  4. This was really yummy and easy ( after prepping all the ingredients). I was skeptical about the one minute cooking time, but it turned out perfectly cooked. A few minor modifications- I hit it with an immersion blender before adding the cream and cheese. I wanted a more bisque-like consistency. Then I added a few small steamed broccoli florets to the top of each serving.

    • Hi Jeannitte! I used Frank’s RedHot sauce, but any hot sauce would be great! You won’t be able to taste the hot sauce, but it will give it a good flavor. Hope you love it!

  5. You list garlic pepper in the ingredients; however, you list garlic and garlic pepper separately in the directions. Just confused and wondering how much of each one to use.

    • Hi Jill – thank you so much for catching that! I am so sorry for any confusion! You just need the garlic pepper. I have adjusted the above to make it more clear. I hope you love it! Please feel free to let me know if there are any other questions I can answer.

  6. 4. My Instapot wouldn’t let me set it any lower than 5 minutes when the recipe called for 1 minute
    6. It took nearly 20 minutes for the pressure to release

    I’m looking for quick meal prep, but not convinced this is saving me any time. It seems more frustrating with the seemingly unreliable timing. I’m hoping the soup is worth the wait!

    Am I doing something wrong?

    • Hi Michelle – I’m so sorry if you experienced any frustration! This recipe normally only takes me a few short minutes to make – less than 10 to 15 from start to finish. Can you tell me what version Instant Pot you have by chance?

  7. So you only cook the veggies on high for 1 minute or did you mean 1 hour? I am new to instant pot but 1 minute does not seem very long.

    • Hi Cindy! The 1 minute is correct. I know that doesn’t seem like much time, but it will heat up for a bit before it starts to cook for the 1 minute timeframe. You could cook for 2 minutes, but doing so could make the broccoli more soggy. Hope that helps!