The Best Instant Pot Broccoli and Cheese Soup

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This Instant Pot broccoli and cheese soup recipe takes only ONE minute to make. It’s an easy Instant Pot soup that’s thick, creamy and healthy. Enjoy this gluten free and vegetarian soup for any meal!

The Best Instant Pot Broccoli and Cheese Soup

I’ve been on the Instant Pot train for a while now, and I won’t be getting off anytime soon. While the slow cooker is the “set it and forget it” miracle dinner maker in the kitchen, consider the IP as your “oops, I forgot it” meal helper when you need a hot meal fast. Soups made in the Instant Pot are one of my favorite things pretty much ever, but it also does well with shredded pork and hard boiled eggs. What I’m saying is, the options are truly limitless when it comes to the fast and low-maintenance power of IPs!

And this broccoli and cheese soup recipe? It’ll knock your socks off. It *may* just be my favorite soup I’ve made in the Instant Pot (and that’s saying a lot because I’m a big IP soup maker!). It comes out impeccably rich, thick, and creamy with the most perfectly cooked veggies and a delicious texture. I’d say the best part is that the cook time is literally only one minute. Yep, you read that right. This one-pot meal will be a huge hit with your family, and I can’t wait for you to try it out!

The best instant pot broccoli and cheese soup that is extra thick and creamy and the cooking time is only ONE minute!

This recipe comes from a cookbook of a friend. Barbara sent me a copy of her cookbook to review and I’m so glad that she did. I’ve actually given the book as a gift to friends who are new to electric pressure cookers because it’s so full of tried-and-true family-friendly recipes. Barbara and I roomed together at a conference in Austin last spring and she had just turned in the manuscript for this huge cookbook with over 200 recipes. It was such a massive undertaking and she was so proud of it. She is someone who has inspired me to pursue writing a cookbook of my own. I’m so proud of this woman and her cookbook is a great tribute to her years of knowledge when it comes to electric pressure cooking (Instant Pot or any other brand). She’s been using one long before it was trendy and now she’s ready to teach the rest of us. The Electric Pressure Cooker Cookbook: 200 Fast and Foolproof Recipes for Every Brand of Electric Pressure Cooker is one you want on your shelf.

The best instant pot broccoli and cheese soup that is extra thick and creamy and the cooking time is only ONE minute!

Can I use frozen broccoli instead?

Yep! You can use whatever you have on hand. Frozen and fresh will both work the same in this recipe, and no need to change the cooking time. Score!

Can I make this soup if I don’t have an Instant Pot?

I know not everyone has an Instant Pot (but y’all MUST add it to your wish list!), so this recipe can easily be made on the stovetop, too. Follow the recipe as directed, but instead of pressure cooking the veggies, just let them simmer in the broth until tender, about 20 minutes. Then, move on with adding the cornstarch, cream, and cheese as directed.

What can I pair with broccoli and cheese soup?

I love a toasty bun or crusty piece of bread for dipping into broccoli and cheese soup. You can also serve a fresh salad on the side to add more color and veggies to the meal!

The best instant pot broccoli and cheese soup that is extra thick and creamy and the cooking time is only ONE minute!

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This Instant Pot broccoli and cheese soup recipe takes only ONE minute to make. It's an easy Instant Pot soup that's thick, creamy and healthy. Enjoy this gluten free and vegetarian soup for any meal!

The Best Instant Pot Broccoli and Cheese Soup


  • Author: Melissa Griffiths - Bless this Mess
  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 30 min
  • Total Time: 40 min
  • Yield: Serves 4-6 1x

Description

This Instant Pot broccoli and cheese soup recipe takes only ONE minute to make. It’s an easy Instant Pot soup that’s thick, creamy and healthy. Enjoy this gluten free and vegetarian soup for any meal!


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Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 4 cups vegetable broth (or chicken stock if not vegetarian)
  • 4 cups bite-sized broccoli florets
  • 1 cup matchstick or grated carrots
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 cup corn starch
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • 2 cups cream or half-and-half
  • 2 cups grated cheddar cheese

Instructions

  1. Select browning/saute to preheat the pressure cooker. Add the butter and onion and saute until the onion is tender, about 3 minutes.
  2. Add the garlic and cook until the garlic is fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  3. Stir in the chicken stock, broccoli, carrots, salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes.
  4. Lock the lid in place, make sure the vent is set to seal, and select high pressure and 1 minute cook time.
  5. When the cooking time ends, use the quick pressure release. When the valve drops, remove the lid carefully.
  6. In a small bowl whisk together the corn starch and cold water until smooth.
  7. Set the pressure cook to saute/browning and slowly add the corn starch mixture to the pot. Stir constantly until the soup comes to a boil and thickens.
  8. Turn off the pressure cooker. Slowly stir in the cream or half-and-half.
  9. Add the cheese a handful at a time and stir until it melts.
  10. Adjust salt and pepper to taste and serve hot.

Notes

  • Recipe from my friend Barbara Schieving’s fabulous cookbook The Electric Pressure Cooker Cookbook. It’s full of tried-and-true family-favorite recipes and I use it often.
  • You can use frozen broccoli in place of the fresh, no need to change the cooking time.
  • Category: Soup
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: Soup

Keywords: Instant pot soup recipe, Instant pot soup, easy soup recipe, vegetarian soup, gluten free soup, quick soup recipe

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The best instant pot broccoli and cheese soup that is extra thick and creamy and the cooking time is only ONE minute!
The best instant pot broccoli and cheese soup that is extra thick and creamy and the cooking time is only ONE minute!

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Johanna
Johanna

Amazing! One of the few recipes I actually followed exactly, and it was perfect. (I used chicken broth and cream.) Didn’t even have to add any seasoning after cooking. My picky kids loved it. We don’t eat much soup, but this one was a hit. And so quick and easy! Keeper.

Dexter
Dexter

Have made this 1/2 dozen times since November. This is sooo much better than anything from any restaurant. Once tried I can not see anyone patronizing an eating establishment again for broccoli/cheddar soup. I do not use the pepper flakes. I do only use the very tops of the florets. Wonder what would happen if a tad of smoked paprika was added. Excellent, Thank You!

Jana Henderson
Jana Henderson

This is so good. I made it with frozen broccoli, reduced sodium chicken broth, and 1 1/2 cups of heavy cream and 1/2 cup of whole milk. It is was delicious. I can’t stop eating it. Easy, quick and and yummy! Thank you!

Jana Henderson
Jana Henderson

And I made it without red pepper flakes. I can’t have spicy food.

Lisa
Lisa

Awesome recipe! Better than any restaurant’s or Panera’s packaged soup. I used chicken broth and 1 cup half and half and 1 cup heavy cream and omitted the salt (because of the broth base and higher sodium content) So easy and was excellent!!!

TMyers
TMyers

Hello,

Thinking of making this today. Wondering if this recipe can be doubled in a 6 q pot??

kat@prawl.net
kat@prawl.net

Just made this for the 2nd time, a double batch. I added a couple tablespoons Vermont Cheese Powder from King Arthur Flour sprinkled over the shredded cheese, and it really made the cheese flavor pop! I also used low-sodium chicken stock rather than vegetable stock, but did add some salt as called for. I also used Korean red pepper flakes, a tad more than specified because it’s mild. Perfect recipe!

Kelli
Kelli

Delicious and so easy! My husband is NOT a soup person but he requested this be added to our weekly rotation. We love it!

Sara
Sara

Excellent! This soup came together really easily. I used frozen broccoli and cut the liquid by 1/4 c., as suggested. It was a little salty, due to my stock, so next time, I will season at the end.

Valeri
Valeri

This says cook time is 30 minutes at the top of the recipe but it says in the instructions to only cook for 1 minute? I’m confused

Elizabeth
Elizabeth

Yummy and so easy

Elizabeth
Elizabeth

This was so yummy and so easy. Thank you.

Thelma Pierce
Thelma Pierce

can you freeze this soup?

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I’m Melissa, and I want to help you feed your family wholesome food.

As a hobby farmer and mom of five, I’m all about keeping it simple in the kitchen. I want healthy meals that feed my family well, and then I want to get back to my (messy) life. Let’s work together to find something yummy for your dinner table.