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Instant Pot Broccoli and Cheddar Pasta

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Instant Pot Broccoli and Cheddar Pasta is a super easy side dish that you can make for dinner tonight. Tender pasta, in a cheesy homemade sauce and tender broccoli in every single bite. 

Do you know that moment that you fall in Love? When you can’t wait to see that person again? I think I am in love with my Instant Pot.  Every day I am finding new dishes to make in my pot and I can’t wait to try to use it again, sounds like love to me. Today I was super busy and before I knew it it was 8 pm and I did not even start dinner. I use to go grab takeout.

Instant Pot Broccoli and Cheddar Pasta


Instant Pot Broccoli and Cheddar Pasta

Now I just run into my kitchen and see what I can throw in the Instant Pot and see what comes out. Tonight I made a to die for Instant Pot Cheddar & Broccoli Pasta. The perfect way to hide veggies right in with pasta.  Cheesy and creamy this will be your family’s new favorite meal.

Can I Add Chicken To Broccoli And Cheddar Pasta 

This is a great Quick Instant Pot Meal You can even add in some frozen chicken or ham and make it a complete meal. You can also have this as an instant Pot side dish along with Sous Vide Chicken Breast.  You can have your entire meal on your table in under 15 minutes. I make a big batch of the Chicken breast in my sous vide every week so I have it to add to any meal.

If you like this meal you will love my Instant Pot Chicken Pot Pie Casserole. I have many Instant Pot Chicken Recipes on my site. I hope you enjoy them.

Broccoli and Cheddar Pasta

What Type of Pasta Do You Use For Broccoli Pasta Recipe 

You are welcome to use any shape of pasta you would like. You want it to be a dry pasta that isn’t super small in size. If you use too small of pasta it will overcook and become mushy. You could use shells, elbow macaroni, etc. 

Fresh Or Frozen Broccoli

I find that frozen broccoli works so well in this recipe. Toss the broccoli in the steamer basket and cook away. If you prefer fresh you are welcome to go that route as well. Frozen broccoli is affordable and great for using for minimal prep recipes. 

Can I Use A Milk Replacement 

I think it would be fine if you used plain almond milk to replace the milk in the recipe. I have not tried it myself so I can’t fully say, but it should be fine. Just don’t opt for a flavored replacement.

Instant Pot Cheddar and Broccoli

How To Store Leftover Pasta Recipe 

If you have extra you will want to store it in the refrigerator for up to four days. Then eat it cold or warm it up in the microwave or skillet on the stove. If you do the stove heat on low and feel free to add a small splash of milk so that it stays moist. Just make sure to stir it often or it will burn. 

What To Serve With Broccoli Pasta Recipe 

You can pair with chicken whether it is baked or fried, add a side of pork chops, or even something like meatloaf. This pasta dish is so versatile and goes with pretty much everything. Or eat it alone for a meatless dinner idea. 

If you are wanting to try an easy Instant Pot recipe I suggest trying this recipe. It is rather easy to whip up, minimal steps, and mighty tasty. 

Instant Pot Broccoli and Cheddar Pasta

Instant Pot Broccoli & Cheddar Pasta

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 1 minute
Cook Time: 4 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Instant Pot Broccoli and Cheddar Pasta is a super easy side dish that you can make for dinner tonight. Tender pasta, in a cheesy homemade sauce and tender broccoli in every single bite. 


  • 1 pound of pasta
  • 4 cups water
  • 16 oz frozen broccoli
  • 2 tbs butter
  • 1 cup milk Or half n half
  • 16 oz cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tbs salt
  • 1/4 tbs Cayenne pepper (Optional)


  1. Place pasta in your instant pot
  2. Pour 4 cups water
  3. Add butter
  4. Add Frozen broccoli
  5. Place on manual high pressure for 4 minutes
  6. Do a quick release.
  7. Place your pot on saute.
  8. Add in milk and seasonings.
  9. Stir in cheese.
  10. Stir
  11. Serve and enjoy.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 507Total Fat: 31gSaturated Fat: 18gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 89mgSodium: 1091mgCarbohydrates: 32gFiber: 4gSugar: 2gProtein: 26g

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Monday 26th of September 2022

Question, do you steam the frozen broccoli BEFORE adding it to the pasta/water? Otherwise, what function is a steamer basket that you speak of in the blog?

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Monday 26th of September 2022

No I did not but it will be mixed right in if you don’t want that then yes steam and add after

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Looks like a winner recipe! I recently began using the sous vide technique and am interested in how you making your chicken that you mentioned on this page. Big fan here! Thank you!

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