Instapot Broccoli Cheddar Soup

I have a child who is very vocal about his likes and dislikes when it comes to food. I decided I was tired of hearing out of his mouth ‘Ewww, I don’t like that.’ So he now helps me meal plan, as well as is my sous chef most nights. If you have a super picky child, let them help in the meal planning, grocery shopping, and then meal preparing. Sometimes the child resists, but most often they really get into helping out and seeing the start to finish. They are also more likely to at least try what they prepared because there aren’t any surprises for them.

On this particular night, he was super eager to help with the broccoli cheddar soup, but he was having major issues with the onions and his eyes. So I suggested he wear his swim goggles to keep from his eyes watering. Turned out to be the most genius thing I have ever suggested for him. So…if you have issues with onions making you cry, I highly suggest investing in some onion cutting/cooking goggles.

Instapot Broccoli Cheddar Soup

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Main Course
Servings 6 servings
Calories 444 kcal


  • pressure cooker


  • 1 medium onion diced
  • cups shredded carrots
  • cups broccoli florets
  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • 32 oz low sodium chicken broth can substitue vegetable broth instead
  • cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese medium to sharp
  • ¼ tsp red pepper flakes


  • In the instapot, on the saute setting, melt the butter and add in the onion and carrots. Cook until the onion becomes translucent and slightly brown. Turn off the saute setting.
  • Add in the flour and stir to combine with the melted butter. Add in the broccoli and red pepper flakes. Stir to combine.
  • Pour in the chicken stock and stir to combine. Cook on high for 8-10 minutes, let stand afterward for 5 more minutes then rapid release the pressure.
  • Turn the saute setting back on and add in the heavy cream, stir to combine. Then add in the shredded cheese and stir until completely melted and combined with everything else. Serve immediately. Super tasty in bread bowls, served with a side of beer bread, or a crossaint. Store in a container in the fridge for up to a week.


Serving: 1servingCalories: 444kcalCarbohydrates: 17gProtein: 16gFat: 36gSaturated Fat: 23gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 107mgSodium: 331mgPotassium: 492mgFiber: 3gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 6843IUVitamin C: 51mgCalcium: 336mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Instapot, meatless, Soup, vegetarian
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This recipe is a super close dupe to Panera’s and Zupas’ broccoli cheddar soups. It’s also extremely easy. My picky eater typically doesn’t like broccoli, but he loves this…probably because it is loaded with cheese, but I digress.

Hope y’all are having an amazing week. Stay safe, be kind, and hug your loved ones.

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