Broccoli Cheddar Soup in a bowl

Instant Pot Panera Broccoli Cheddar Soup

Course: Main Dish, Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: broccoli cheddar soup, panera soup
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Pressure Building: 5 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 516 kcal

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


  1. Set Instant Pot to saute function. Add butter and chopped onion, saute for 2 minutes.
  2. Add flour and garlic, saute for an additional 2 minutes.
  3. Add carrots, broccoli, nutmeg and vegetable stock.
  4. Change setting to manual, high pressure and set for 15 minutes.
  5. Use quick release method.
  6. Stir in cream and cheddar. Season to your liking fine sea salt and freshly ground pepper. Broccoli will easily break into small pieces. 

  7. Serve hot with crusty bread.
  8. If you've tried this recipe, make sure to come back and let us know how you liked it! 

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

Please note that you can easily double this soup by doubling the amount of ingredients, but you do not need to change the cooking time. However, this depends on the size of your pressure cooker.

Generally speaking, never fill your pressure cooker more than 1/2 to 2/3 full, although with raw broccoli, there is a ton of air between, so this is hard to judge. You should be fine in a 6qt or larger pressure cooker. 

Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Panera Broccoli Cheddar Soup
Amount Per Serving
Calories 516 Calories from Fat 396
% Daily Value*
Fat 44g68%
Saturated Fat 27g169%
Cholesterol 153mg51%
Sodium 643mg28%
Potassium 504mg14%
Carbohydrates 18g6%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 14g28%
Vitamin A 5965IU119%
Vitamin C 93.4mg113%
Calcium 383mg38%
Iron 1.3mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.