Everyone knows that the best Panera soup is their broccoli cheddar soup. This Instant Pot Panera Broccoli Cheddar Soup makes the delicious, hearty and comforting soup an easy weeknight dinner.
Instant Pot Panera Broccoli Cheddar Soup is one of the easiest copycat recipes you’ll ever make. This easy instant pot broccoli cheddar soup is guaranteed to become a family favorite weeknight meal.
I must admit that Panera Bread is a weakness of mine. If I’m out running errands around lunch time, there’s a high probability that I’m going to swing by Panera, even if it would take the same amount of time to just go home and grab something from the fridge. It’s also my go-to place for lunch dates with friends and colleagues.
My order is the same, every time – a big, steaming bowl of Panera Broccoli Cheddar Soup. Sometimes I’ll get it as a side with a sandwich but usually, especially in the winter, I just go all-in and get only Panera soup. Either way, I never leave Panera without my broccoli cheddar soup.
I love the Panera Broccoli Cheddar Soup so much that I found myself craving it even when Panera was nowhere in sight so I decided to try making my own copycat version at home.
I don’t have the time or patience for a soup that takes all day to simmer and cook so I decided to give it a try in my current kitchen obsession, my instant pot.
The result? This Instant Pot Panera Broccoli Cheddar Soup tastes exactly like the real Panera Broccoli Cheddar Soup and is ready, from prepping the veggies to your first steaming mouthful, in 30 minutes. It’s now one of my favorite easy instant pot recipes.
What makes this one of the best instant pot soup recipes? Well, first and foremost, because it’s easy. Just a handful of ingredients, most of which you probably already have on hand. And, well, it’s cheesy. What’s better than a deliciously cheesy soup, especially an extra cheesy version of your favorite Panera soup?
There’s no denying that broccoli cheddar soup is comfort food. I particularly curling up with a bowl of this on a dreary, gray dear. If you’re feeling in need of an additional dose of comfort food, try serving this in a bread bowl. Delicious.
Oh, and for those of you with kids, this Instant Pot Panera Broccoli Cheddar Soup is a great way to sneak in an extra serving of veggies! (Though, really, that’s a good trick for adults too!)
Even if you’ve never tried Panera soup before, this broccoli cheddar soup will quickly become one of your favorite instant pot soup recipes!
Since you like this instant pot soup recipe, you’ll probably like these other easy instant pot recipes:
- Instant Pot Mac and Cheese
- Instant Pot Spaghetti and Meatballs
- Instant Pot Chili
- Instant Pot Beer Cheese Soup
Tools for making Instant Pot Panera Broccoli Cheddar Cheese:
Instant Pot – You’ll need one of these to make Instant Soup!
French Onion Soup Crocks– these are oven safe bowls perfect for serving any soup! I personally like the old school brown porcelain with a handle. It makes it easier to transfer from the baking sheet to a serving plate.
Watch our Instant Pot Broccoli Cheddar Soup video!
An easy instant pot recipe that tastes even better than the original Panera Broccoli Cheddar Soup. Ready in just 30 minutes!
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1/2 cup onion , chopped
- 1/4 cup flour
- 2 cloves garlic , minced
- 1 cup carrot , grated
- 1 head broccoli , florets only, cut into small bunches
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
- 2 cups vegetable stock
- 2 cups cream
- 2 cups cheddar , grated
- Fine sea salt and pepper
Set Instant Pot to saute function. Add butter and chopped onion, saute for 2 minutes.
Add flour and garlic, saute for an additional 2 minutes.
Add carrots, broccoli, nutmeg and vegetable stock.
Change setting to manual, high pressure and set for 15 minutes.
Use quick release method.
Stir in cream and cheddar. Season to your liking fine sea salt and freshly ground pepper. Broccoli will easily break into small pieces.
Serve hot with crusty bread.
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