Instant Pot Broccoli Cheese Soup

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Fast and easy, warm and cheesy in less than 30 minutes! Our Instant Pot broccoli cheese soup recipe has all the flavor of homemade soup in half the time.

The holidays are a busy time and you need quick recipes to feed a crowd. Well, today we’re sharing a recipe that satisfies both needs.

Today’s offering is Kim’s Instant Pot broccoli cheese soup. It’s the best of both worlds, homemade and done in twenty (25) minutes.

The instant pot broccoli cheese soup served in square bowls.

How to make Instant Pot Broccoli Cheese Soup?

First, start by prepping all your vegetables. For example, mince the garlic, dice the onions, you get the idea.

Diced onions and minced garlic sauteed in the pressure cooker.

Next, place the liner into the cooker and press the saute button. Let the liner get warm, then toss in the butter, onions, and a dash of salt and pepper.

After that, let the diced onions cook for a few minutes until they start to soften. Then, add the garlic and let everything saute for 30 seconds.

Carrots and broccoli florets have been added to the liner.

Now, turn off the Instant Pot and add the broccoli florets, shredded carrots, and chicken broth. Place the lid on the cooker and close the valve.

Press the manual or high pressure cook button and set the timer for four (4) minutes.

After that, whisk together the cold water and cornstarch to create the slurry while the soup cooks.

Aerial view of the broccoli cheese soup in the instant pot.

When the timer goes off, carefully, open the valve to release the pressure. I would use a thick kitchen towel for this step.

Turn the Instant Pot on using the saute function and slowly whisk in the heavy cream and cheese. Don’t add all the cheese at once; do it in small handfuls.

Finally, stir in the cornstarch slurry and let broccoli cheese soup cook until it reaches a thickness you enjoy.

That’s it, your Instant Pot broccoli cheese soup is done! Kim and I hope you enjoy today’s recipe and wish you all the best this holiday season 🙂

Two square bowls filled with the finished broccoli cheese soup.

Recipe Tips:

  • To reduce the calories in this recipe, consider using half and half in place of the heavy cream. Also, you could use a low-fat cheese in place of the cheddar.
  • You can reduce the overall kitchen time by purchasing as many prepped vegetables as possible. For example, some produce departments sell broccoli florets or match stick carrots in bags.
  • Pressure cooker recipes like this one are great for the holidays. Your oven and stove top are already working overtime, so give them a break. Using kitchen appliances to your advantage will always reduce the time and stress in your kitchen. If you’re looking for another quick soup, then check out our Instant Pot creamy tortellini soup recipe.
Two square bowls filled with the finished broccoli cheese soup.

Instant Pot Broccoli Cheese Soup

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Author: John
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Come to Pressure: 5 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 8 Servings



  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 cup white onion, diced
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced or pressed
  • 4 cups broccoli florets
  • 2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup carrots, shredded or matchstick
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 3 cups sharp cheddar cheese, shredded off the block


  • ¼ cup cold water
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch


  • Turn on the Instant Pot using the “saute” function. Wait for the stainless steel liner to get hot, then add the butter, onions, salt, and pepper. Cook for 3-5 minutes until the onions begin to soften, then add the garlic. Cook for an additional 30 seconds, then turn off the saute function by pressing the “cancel” button.
    2 tablespoons unsalted butter
    1 cup white onion
    2 garlic cloves
  • Add broccoli, carrots, and chicken broth. Close the lid and ensure the valve is set to “sealing.” Press the manual (pressure cook) button, and adjust the time to 4 minutes. While the soup cooks, combine the water and cornstarch to form a slurry and set aside.
    4 cups broccoli florets
    2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
    1 cup carrots
    ¼ cup cold water
    1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • After the time is up, open the valve for a quick release of pressure. Turn on the saute function again.
  • Add the heavy cream, and cheese a little bit at a time, whisking in between to ensure it melts without sticking to the bottom. After all the cheese is added, slowly pour in the slurry, and continue to whisk until the desired thickness is reached. Press “cancel” on the Instant Pot, and serve hot.
    2 cups heavy cream
    3 cups sharp cheddar cheese
  • Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

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The calories listed are an approximation based on the ingredients and a serving size of about 1 cup of the broccoli cheese soup. Additionally, the calorie count does NOT include the extra shredded cheddar cheese seen in the photos as a garnish. Actual calories will vary.


Serving: 1cup | Calories: 439kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 39g | Saturated Fat: 24g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 118mg | Sodium: 561mg | Potassium: 328mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 4345IU | Vitamin C: 44mg | Calcium: 375mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition Disclaimer

Kim and John Vargo of Berly’s Kitchen and its affiliates are not dieticians or nutritionists. Any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If preferred, use your favorite online nutrition calculator to double check the amounts. Calories and other nutritional values can vary based on brand and serving size.

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