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Pressure Cooker Broccoli Cheese Soup

This easy pressure cooker broccoli cheese soup uses fresh vegetables and turns out creamy and delicious every time! Use your Instant Pot, Ninja Foodi or Crockpot Express and make this tonight for dinner.

Pressure Cooker Broccoli Cheese Soup

Instant Pot recipes are just the best and this pressure cooker broccoli cheese soup is top on the list of favorites. Do you love homemade soup? We sure do. Even when it is summertime our favorite meal is a warm bowl of soup with a side of bread. See what your family thinks of this one using fresh broccoli. (originally published 9/18, affiliate links present)

Ninja Foodi Broccoli Cheese Soup

  • This creamy Instant Pot broccoli cheese soup recipe uses fresh vegetables and chunks of cheddar cheese. Topped with more shredded goodness it takes this dinner over the top.

You can make it in a Crockpot Express or Ninja Foodi as well though too. It doesn’t matter what brand you might have. Here’s what it looks like in the first step once you add all your broccoli and cheese, we think sharp is the best but totally up to you.

Let’s start with a few basic tips:

For reference, this is the pressure cooker I have and use for all recipe creations.

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Instant Pot Broccoli Cheese Soup

Set it for a bit less time if you want a chunkier broccoli cheddar soup. If you want it very smooth as you see here just use an immersion blender at the end. Either way it is such a yummy soup in the Instant Pot for families of all kind.

  • I will tell you that pressure cooking has changed my life! It’s also changed how we eat.

Over the years we have added more and more of course. Another variety is something my Grandma would have loved, it’s our Instant Pot beer cheese soup. Most of the alcohol is cooked out but it offers a ton of flavor with a dark or blonde version in there.

I use this pot like for everything and rarely use my oven or stove anymore. I did make a version of broccoli beer cheese soup in my Dutch oven though if you want to try both.

instant pot broccoli soup

Instant Pot Panera Broccoli Cheese Soup

Before this I didn’t cook homemade meals very often. They were time consuming on the stove top and there just wasn’t time for it in the day, BUT that’s all changed. In just 15 minutes I can now make a homemade soup such as this one. It’s pretty amazing.

  • You also can make this pressure cooker soup as thick as you’d like. Just add a bit more cornstarch at the very end if it’s a bit thin for you when you lift the lid off.

It is easy to adjust to your liking. We also add a lot of cheddar cheese!!

You can use our measurements, add less, or even more. If  you’re a huge cheese lover though, pile it on it. Ours comes out wonderfully creamy and cheesy for sure.

ninja foodi broccoli cheese soup

Pressure cooker broccoli cheese soup recipe

You will need to get out the following items and ingredients. Fresh is always better than frozen but you could use that. The biggest difference is that frozen vegetables when cooked under high pressure will break down quite a bit and may become too soft for you.

  1. Pressure cooker
    1. If you have an Instant Pot I HIGHLY recommend getting a non stick pot
  2. Broccoli and carrots
    1. I’d choose fresh vs. frozen broccoli
  3. Cheese – sharp cheddar is best
    1. Shred at least 1/4 cup more to serve on top once it is done
  4. Onion
  5. Heavy cream
  6. Flour or cornstarch
    1. Can omit if making gluten free soup
  7. Celery is a great addition too
  8. Vegetable or chicken broth
  9. Salt and pepper to taste

If you needed to make this dairy free you could use coconut milk but just know that it will be quite a bit thinner and sweeter. Half lactose free milk and half coconut could be used alternatively. You’ll want to thicken at the end with cornstarch or arrowroot flour for gluten free at the end. We’ve gotta share our Instant Pot broccoli instructions too of course!

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Instant Pot Broccoli Cheese Soup with Heavy Whipping Cream

To get it really creamy you do want this thick dairy product to really get the thickness and texture you want. There are some great dairy free cheese alternatives out there my Daiya that we have tried. I have found it at Walmart in a variety of different types.

  • Cut your fresh stalks of broccoli, peeled carrots, celery, and onion into small, bite size pieces. Stalks can be diced and added too, or discarded!
  • Add all diced vegetables into your pressure cooker.
  • Sprinkle shredded cheese on top.
  • In a bowl whisk together your broth (or water), heavy cream and flour (or cornstarch) until there are no clumps remaining.
  • Pour this mixture on top of everything inside of your pot.
  • Close lid and steam valve and push the soup button, it will automatically set to 30 minutes (if not adjust to 30).
  • Do a quick release and serve.

If you want it really smooth use an immersion blender. Can top with added shredded cheese if desired.

easy Pressure Cooker Broccoli Cheese Soup

This really does taste like broccoli soup at Panera if you love that.

  • Ready to make this in your Crock Pot Express or Ninja Foodi machine?? These directions will work for those too. 
  • If you have a pot that doesn’t have a soup button then just use pressure cook low setting instead.

Other pressure cooker recipes you’ll love:

  1. Instant Pot carrot soup is another great vegetable soup recipe
  2. Then try pressure cooker tomato basil soup
  3. For a heartier meal try our Instant Pot stroganoff casserole

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Pressure Cooker Broccoli Cheese Soup

This easy pressure cooker broccoli cheese soup uses fresh vegetables and turns out creamy and delicious in your Instant Pot every time! 
Course Appetizer, Entree, Main Course, Soup
Cuisine American
Keyword broccoli, cheese, instant pot, pressure cooker, soup
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 518kcal
Author The Typical Mom

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Cut the broccoli, carrots, celery and onion into small, bite size pieces. Stalks can be diced and added too!
  • Add all diced vegetables into your pressure cooker.
  • Sprinkle shredded cheese on top.
  • In a bowl whisk together your broth (or water), heavy cream and flour (or cornstarch) until there are no clumps remaining.
  • Pour this mixture on top of everything inside your pressure cooker.
  • Close lid and steam valve and push the soup button, it will automatically set to 30 minutes (if not adjust to 30).
  • Do a quick release and serve. If you want it really smooth use an immersion blender. Can top with added shredded cheese if desired.

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Nutrition Facts
Pressure Cooker Broccoli Cheese Soup
Amount Per Serving (3 oz)
Calories 518 Calories from Fat 378
% Daily Value*
Fat 42g65%
Saturated Fat 26g163%
Cholesterol 148mg49%
Sodium 814mg35%
Potassium 800mg23%
Carbohydrates 21g7%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 17g34%
Vitamin A 4785IU96%
Vitamin C 182.7mg221%
Calcium 427mg43%
Iron 1.9mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Terri Allen

Friday 1st of January 2021

I have the ninja hot cold blender - can I use this recipe?

Allison Williams

Monday 6th of January 2020

I am using a Ninja Foodi- do I set it on pressure cook (low) for 30 minutes? The Foodi doesn’t have a soup button!

The Typical Mom

Monday 6th of January 2020

Yes that is what I would do.

Laurie

Friday 16th of November 2018

Can you use frozen broccoli? If so would cooking time need adjusting? I have all the other ingredients on hand except fresh brocco!i, only have frozen broocoli.

The Typical Mom

Friday 16th of November 2018

Frozen broccoli florets should be just fine just note that it may come out more watery because they are frozen. May need to add a bit more thickener at the end. ;)

Laurie Gill

Friday 16th of November 2018

Can you use frozen broccoli? If so would cooking time need adjusting?

Katie

Saturday 3rd of November 2018

How can I convert this to a slow cooker? I assume I wouldn’t add the heavy cream until the end of the cook time. Thanks!

The Typical Mom

Sunday 4th of November 2018

I haven't done that yet but yes I'd add the cream at the end just to warm it up, unsure of timing. 6 hrs on low would be my initial guess.

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