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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4.94 from 113 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
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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

Serving: 1 of 5 servings, 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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288 Comments

  1. Rhonda says:

    5 stars
    This was a hit I’m keeping the recipe ?
    Left out salt, used a cup each of 1/2 1/2 and heavy cream..didn’t have red pepper flakes..used a pinch of cayenne. Was perfect

    1. Melissa says:

      Thank you for letting us know what worked and I’m so happy you love it too!

  2. Ally says:

    You repeatedly mention that this only takes one minute to make, yet prep time is 10 minutes and cook time is 30. So, why are you claiming this only takes one minute to make?

    1. Melissa says:

      It has a one minute cook time, meaning you only have to set the Instant Pot for 1 minute. The wording in the post reflects the cook time and the prep and time that it takes for the IP to come to pressure, cook, and release the pressure are reflected in the the recipe card.

  3. Johanna says:

    5 stars
    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.

    1. Melissa says:

      YAY! Thank you for coming back to let us know what worked for you, that’s so helpful. I really appreciate that.

  4. Dexter says:

    5 stars
    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!

    1. Melissa says:

      Ohhhh I love that! Thank you so much for coming back to leave a review, it’s always appreciated. Happy soup making Dexter!

  5. Jana Henderson says:

    5 stars
    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!

    1. Jana Henderson says:

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

    2. Melissa says:

      Mmmmmm and I’ve about switched over to making this with only frozen broccoli, it makes it SO fast. And I love the cream in it too, thanks for sharing what worked for you!

  6. Lisa says:

    5 stars
    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!!!

    1. Melissa says:

      Thank you for the reviews and sharing what worked for you, so helpful!

  7. TMyers says:

    Hello,

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

    1. Melissa says:

      I can double it in my 8 quart but I haven’t put it doubled in a 6 quart. If you try it will you let us know?

    2. Laura McGinley says:

      5 stars
      I doubled it in a 6qt came out great!

    3. Melissa says:

      Woohoo, thank you for letting us know!

  8. kat@prawl.net says:

    5 stars
    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!

    1. Melissa says:

      Ohhhh that’s such a great idea! I love KAF and that’s a product that I haven’t tried yet, I’m going to order it the next time I get a few things. Thank you for the tip.

  9. Kelli says:

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

    1. Melissa says:

      Your husband and mine sound a lot alike, and mine loves this one too. Pro tip: leftover are great over baked potatoes! He might like that too!

  10. Sara says:

    5 stars
    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.

    1. Melissa says:

      Thank you for the tips and what worked for you, always so helpful!