Panera’s CopyCat Broccoli and Cheddar soup is probably hands down one of my favorite items to order off the menu. Whether you get it in a bread bowl or a regular bowl this soup is perfection. You have that creamy and cheesy texture with pieces of broccoli and carrots throughout that make each bite a little piece of heaven. I love Panera but I don’t want to hop in my car every time I get a craving, so I created a copycat broccoli cheese Instant Pot soup that gives you the same creamy and flavorful soup, you dream about.
Panera’s Copycat Broccoli and Cheddar Instant Pot soup is also probably one of the most comforting soups you can make, plus broccoli is great to incorporate into your diet. I will share the amazing benefits of broccoli below, and it might make you even more excited to serve up this soup to your family. I love to make homemade rolls and use it to dip into the soup, the little nooks and crannies of the bread soak up the soup, and each bite just melts in your mouth! This soup takes just 15 minutes to cook in your Instant Pot so not only is it delicious but it is super fast to whip up! If you go the slow cooker route on this recipe, it cooks for hours, so the Instant Pot once again comes in to save the day!
When I was working in the clinic we use to order takeout from Panera’s I always got the Cheddar and Broccoli Soup in a bread bowl. I could not wait to convert this recipe to the Instant Pot. I love all types of Instant Pot Soups I think it’s my new obsession. I really like CopyCat Instant Pot Soups Like Panera’s Chicken and Wild Rice Soup, Olive Garden’s Zuppa Toscana Instant Pot Soup, and regular Loaded Potato Soup in the Instant Pot.
Health Benefits of Broccoli
Broccoli is one awesome food to incorporate into your diet and has many health benefits. It is packed full of a variety of essential vitamins and minerals, but it has fiber, and is low in calories! Research shows that broccoli might contain anti-cancer properties, as it has sulforaphane, but they need more research to fully back this claim. But to even know that it is a possibility, it is worth considering to incorporate more broccoli into our daily diet.
If you didn’t know cooked broccoli (1 cup) has the same amount of vitamin C you would find in an orange. This is great to serve up in the winter months when flu and colds are lurking and you want to make sure each member of the family gets the most vitamin C as possible to help boost your immunity. With this soup, it is so cheesy and creamy that it masks the broccoli and can be great for those picky eaters. They might dive into this soup without even realizing it has broccoli in it!
I hope you all enjoy this scrumptious copycat recipe, I know our family loves it!
Update on recipe: If you add 8oz of cream cheese you will not need a thickener 🙂 Also make sure you stir in the hot sauce after all cheese is melted.
Panera's Copycat Broccoli and Cheddar Instant Pot Soup
Creamy and Delicious warms up your soul. This is actually better than Panera's soup and done right at home.
- 1 pound fresh broccoli chopped
- 8 oz cheddar cheese
- 1 small onion chopped
- 3 cups chicken broth
- 2 cups milk or heavy cream
- 1 cup shredded carrots
- 2 tbs hot sauce (optional)
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 8 0z Cream Cheese
Place chopped onion, carrots, broccoli, Nutmeg, and chicken broth in the Pot.
Add 8 oz Cream Cheese
Place on Manual high pressure for 15 minutes.
Do a quick release and stir in milk or heavy cream.
place pot back on saute until for about 5 minutes. Do not bring to boil
Stir in cheese and hot sauce after cheese is melted.
Serve with bread or crackers.
Stir in a dash of hot sauce after cheese is melted to enhance the flavor.
If you add 8 oz of cream cheese you will not need a thickener 🙂