Instant Pot Broccoli Cheddar Soup is a GREAT recipe to throw together on a BUSY weeknight and still get the kids to eat their VEGGIES!
Rich and creamy, the whole family is going to love this recipe!
If you’d rather skip my essential cooking tips and tricks and get straight to this delicious recipe – simply scroll to the bottom of the page where you can find the printable recipe card.
It’s soup season and there is not better friend to have in the kitchen than your instant pot!
I love a rich, thick, and creamy soup. Especially one filled with veggies that makes me feel better about indulging.
Using a pressure cooker means you get the slow simmered flavor but in a fraction of the time. I don’t know about you but when soup is on the menu, I want it fast!
This recipe for instant pot broccoli cheese soup is just what you need when you have soup on the brain.
And for me, that is all the time!
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Instant Pot Broccoli and Cheese Soup Ingredients
- olive oil
- heavy cream
- cheddar cheese
How do you melt cheese in broccoli cheese soup?
Make sure and use cheese from a block that you grate yourself. The pre-shredded cheese is coated with anti-caking agents which inhibits melting.
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How do I make soup in my instant pot? It’s super easy and way quicker and gives you the slow simmered flavor.
How do you make broccoli cheddar soup from scratch?
STEP ONE: Turn the instant pot on sauté. Cook the olive oil and onion until almost clear. Add the garlic and sauté for another 30 seconds or until fragrant.
STEP TWO: Add the broccoli and broth. Stir to combine. Close the lid on the pressure cooker make sure the vent is closed.
Cook on high pressure for 5 minutes. Quick release steam and remove the lid.
STEP THREE: With an immersion blender or regular blender, purée the broccoli soup until evenly combined.
STEP FOUR: Stir in the cream and add the cheese until combined. Season with salt and pepper if needed. Garnish with more broccoli and shaved cheese.
Is broccoli and cheese soup bad for you?
Most recipes are full of cheese, cream, and fat. This version can be altered to fit many dietary restrictions and make it healthier too.
What goes with broccoli cheddar soup?
Serve this is a delicious chopped salad or a hunk of crusty bread!
How do you thicken broccoli cheddar soup?
I like to use my immersion blender to blend this soup. This gives it a smooth and creamy texture.
If you want it thicker, you can lose less broth or mix in a simple cornstarch broth mixture toward the end of cooking.
How long is leftover broccoli cheese soup good for?
This soup will last for a few days in the refrigerator in an air tight container. Freeze it for up to 3 months.
This instant pot broccoli soup is easy to put together and will be ready in less than 30 minutes.
Pro Tips for No Leftovers
- Top it with roasted broccoli florets, parmesan cheese or sour cream.
- Want to use frozen broccoli? Increase the cooking time to 10 minutes instead of 5.
- Use Greek yogurt instead of sour cream for more tang.
- Use sharp cheddar instead of milk for more cheese flavor.
- Add a dash of hot sauce or red pepper flakes for hint of heat.
- Make it vegan by using vegan cheese, substituting almond milk for the cream, and vegetable broth instead of chicken.
- Reserve 1/2 cup of the shredded cheese and use as a garnish on top.
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Other instant pot meals to make
- garlic chicken pasta
- crock pot chili
- stuffed cabbage roll soup
- slow cooker stuffed pepper soup
- instant pot split pea soup
Instant Pot Broccoli Cheese Soup
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