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Instant Pot Broccoli Cheddar Soup

This Instant Pot Broccoli Cheddar Soup is rich, cheesy, and packed with veggies. This is a comfort food that's loved by the whole family.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Lunch, Main Dish, Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: broccoli cheddar, broccoli cheese, gluten free soup, instant pot soup
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 489kcal
Author: Jennifer Debth




  • 8 slices thick-cut bacon roughly chopped
  • 1 yellow onion diced
  • 2 carrots diced
  • 2 ribs celery diced
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt plus more to taste (I used 1 teaspoon)
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 large head broccoli broken into large florets (about 4 cups)
  • 1 pint half-and-half room temperature
  • 1 (16 oz) block sharp cheddar cheese shredded


  • Place uncooked, chopped bacon into a 6 quart Instant Pot, then hit SAUTE.
  • Cook, stirring regularly, until the bacon is crispy, then remove the bacon with a slotted spoon, leaving the bacon grease in the Instant Pot. Set the cooked bacon aside.
  • Add in onion, carrots, celery, garlic, salt, and pepper and cook, stirring regularly, for 10 minutes.
  • Hit CANCEL on the Instant Pot, then stir in chicken broth, scrapping up any brown bits that may have stuck to the bottom. This helps to avoid a BURN notice.
  • Stir in the broccoli florets, then cover and lock the lid. Be sure the pressure valve is pointed toward SEALING.
  • Cook on HIGH pressure for 0 minutes (yes ZERO minutes, it still takes time for the IP to come to pressure which will cook the broccoli).
  • When the cook time is up, immediately flip the pressure valve to quick release the pressure.
  • Hit SAUTE on the IP, then stir in the heavy cream.
  • Slowly add in the cheese little by little, stirring constantly so the cheese doesn’t stick to the bottom.
  • Stir in the bacon, taste and re-season, if necessary, then serve and enjoy!
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Serving: 1serving | Calories: 489kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 40g | Saturated Fat: 21g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 105mg | Sodium: 1009mg | Potassium: 495mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 3669IU | Vitamin C: 48mg | Calcium: 512mg | Iron: 1mg