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Easy Instant Pot Broccoli Soup {Creamy+Cheesy}

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This easy Instant Pot broccoli soup is made with sautéed onions, chicken stock, cream, and broccoli for a quick and easy comfort food. Make this simple and yummy dish right at home in your pressure cooker.

easy broccoli cheddar soup instant pot recipe
so creamy

How do I prepare instant pot broccoli soup?

This is a delicious and easy comfort food, like my Southern Potato Soup and Veggie Hamburger Soup.

To prepare the soup in only one pot, first caramelize onions with 3 tablespoons of unsalted butter on the sauté setting in the instant pot. You can also add in the carrots at this time.

Once onions are translucent, add the remaining ingredients and pressure cook on high pressure for one minute. 

Natural release for at least 5-7 minutes before venting.

What are things I can make with leftover broccoli soup? 

Leftover soup makes an easy take-and-go lunch for work or easy leftovers with toast, salad, or extra veggies added in.

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adding cream to instant pot

How many calories does broccoli soup have? 

A cup of broccoli soup can have anywhere from 100 to 300 cal, depending on the ingredients.

This broccoli cheddar soup has 354 calories per serving.

bread with broccoli soup

How many carbs does broccoli soup have?

The typical broccoli cheddar soup will have anywhere from 5 to 20 g of carbohydrates per serving, depending on the recipe ingredients. This recipe has 9 g. total carbohydrates.

How long will broccoli soup keep in the fridge? 

Broccoli cheddar soup will keep for up to 3 to 4 days in the refrigerator.

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the ultimate comfort food

Can I freeze broccoli soup? 

You can freeze this creamy soup for up to a month in an airtight freezer zippered bag.

How do I make broccoli soup in the slow cooker?

To make this recipe in the slow cooker, first add onions and butter and sauté.

Next, add all ingredients to the slow cooker/crockpot and cook on low setting for six hours or high setting for 3 to 4 hours.

instant pot with soup ingredients

What can I substitute for broccoli? 

If you don’t have broccoli on hand, make this recipe with any of the following vegetable substitutes:

  • Cauliflower 
  • Potatoes 
  • Roasted poblano peppers

How to thicken broccoli soup if it’s too thin

To make a thick broccoli soup, add a teaspoon of cornstarch after pressure cooking and stir. 

You may also add 1/2 cup of rice to this recipe and it will thicken significantly.

creamy broccoli soup with cheddar

How to make broccoli soup extra creamy and cheesy

Cheese lover? Add freshly grated shredded cheddar cheese to the soup or add in some extra white cheddar cheese.

Like it super creamy? Add in 1/2 block room-temperature cream cheese after pressure cooking.

broccoli instant pot soup ingredients
ingredients for broccoli cheddar soup

How to make soup have a thin consistency

For a thin consistency, and a bit of extra chicken broth or chicken stock to the soup.

What sides go with broccoli soup?

The best sides for broccoli soup include:

  • Salad- try our classic chicken salad
  • Grilled cheese
  • Baguette
  • Sautéed veggies
  • Crackers
comfort food ip broccoli soup with cheddar

Instant Pot Broccoli Soup

Easy Instant Pot broccoli soup makes a quick and easy comfort food. Make this effortless dish right at home in your pressure cooker.
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Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 3 minutes
Natural release time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 13 minutes
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 354kcal
Author: Amber


  • Pressure cooker


  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter
  • ½ yellow onion
  • 2 tbsp cloved garlic minced
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp freshly ground pepper
  • 2 cups broccoli florets
  • 1 cup matchstick carrots or carrot chips
  • 32 ounces vegetable stock or chicken stock
  • 1 cup grated cheddar cheese
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 8 oz cream cheese optional, extra creamy


  • Melt butter on high sauté setting of Instant Pot. Add onions and sauté until translucent.
    sautée onions
  • Add other veggies, salt, pepper, garlic, and veggie (or chicken) stock.
    add chicken stock and veggies
  • Cook on high pressure for 3 minutes, then release (vent).
  • Add remaining ingredients and stir. Add cream cheese for extra creaminess.
    adding cheddar to soup


Calories: 354kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 19g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 104mg | Sodium: 1264mg | Potassium: 265mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 5238IU | Vitamin C: 29mg | Calcium: 211mg | Iron: 1mg

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