The Best Instant Pot Broccoli and Cheese Soup

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This Instant Pot broccoli and cheese soup recipe has a ONE MINUTE cook time. 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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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!

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! And sometimes I use the frozen broccoli and cauliflower mix and it works just great too. I don’t chop up the frozen broccoli, but it seems to cook up just great.

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 I love bread to for dipping into broccoli and cheese soup. I highly recommend serving this soup with fresh baguettes, sourdough bread, my mom’s easy French bread recipe, or this easy no-knead crusty loaf. You can also serve a fresh salad on the side to add more color and veggies to the meal!

What is the best cheese for melting in soup?

This recipe specifically calls for cheddar. I like to use a nice sharp cheddar for this recipe but we love sharp cheeses. Sometimes I’ll toss a variety of cheeses like cheddar, parmesan, and pepper jack cheese! You can use what you like or have on hand and feel free to use a variety of cheeses if that’s what you have.

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a marble table sets the scene for rustic white ceramic bowls of broccoli cheddar soup with rolls and raw broccoli around
4.94 from 108 votes

The Best Instant Pot Broccoli and Cheese Soup

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!
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes
Total: 40 minutes
Servings: 5

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 

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

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Notes

  • You can use frozen broccoli in place of the fresh, no need to change the cooking time. Sometimes I used the mixed broccoli and cauliflower that’s frozen and it works great too.
  • Feel free to use whatever cheese you like or have on hand, I use extra sharp cheddar for this recipe.

Nutrition

Calories: 435kcal, Carbohydrates: 24g, Protein: 16g, Fat: 31g, Saturated Fat: 18g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 8g, Trans Fat: 0.2g, Cholesterol: 91mg, Sodium: 1303mg, Potassium: 522mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 10g, Vitamin A: 6067IU, Vitamin C: 68mg, Calcium: 476mg, Iron: 1mg
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This recipe comes from a cookbook of a friend, Barbara,  The Electric Pressure Cooker Cookbook: 200 Fast and Foolproof Recipes for Every Brand of Electric Pressure Cooker is one you want on your shelf.

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I know you are going to fall in love with this Instant Pot broccoli and cheese soup just as much as we have, and you’ll love how easy it is to make and how rich it tastes.

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280 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    The recipe was delicious – my husband loved it. I had to use part 1/2 & 1/2 and part whole milk and that worked just fine.

  2. 5 stars
    My first try at making soup, and this was so delicious! Thanks Melissa! I will definitely be making it again.

  3. 5 stars
    This is THE MOST AMAZING soup ever! My little guy requested this for our New Year’s Eve meal and it will be perfect for this snowy wintery Wisconsin day! Thanks so much for sharing. I recommend you save this or print it out. You will be returning to make it again.

  4. 5 stars
    Love this recipe! It’s on our meal regular rotation. I follow the recipe as is except I’ve found that I have to add the cornstarch slurry after adding the cream and cheese. My cornstarch slurry kept clumping when I added it right after a quick release of the pressure.

  5. hi Melissa,
    have made this and everyone loved it. thinking to add chicken next time. if i cut a chicken breast into a bite size pieces, at what point in the process should i add it? and do i need to adjust cooking time? thank you!!

    1. It would cook just fine with the broccoli if cut into bite sized pieces, no need to adjust the cook time. That’s a great idea!

  6. 4 stars
    Very Easy to make but it was too bland for our taste. I added some leftover mashed potatoes for thickening. I also sprinkled nutmeg in. The cheese flavor was not there. I think I would use a stronger cheese and more spice to tweak it to our tastes and try it again.

  7. Oh boy, I’ve never tried broccoli cheddar soup before but needed something for my quilt guild potluck. This is absolutely delicious & I’ll definitely be making it often. Thanks!!

  8. 5 stars
    Fabulous!!!!! My husband said it would not be done in like 20-25 minutes, it would need to simmer! He was wrong and it is so yummy! Spot on! Change nothing! Thank you for this recipe.