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Panera’s Copycat Broccoli and Cheddar Instant Pot Soup

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Panera’s Copycat Broccoli and Cheddar Instant Pot Soup are 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.


Easy Panera’s Copycat Broccoli and Cheddar Instant Pot Soup

Panera’s Copycat Broccoli and Cheddar Instant Pot soup are 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 with your family.

How Long Does It Take To Make Panera’s Copycat Broccoli and Cheddar Soup

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 broccoli cheddar soup in a bread bowl. I could not wait to convert this recipe to Panera’s Copy Cat Broccoli and Cheddar Instant Pot Soup.

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.


How Many Carbs are in Panera Broccoli Cheddar Soup

My personal version of the Panera Broccoli Cheddar Soup has around 9 carbs per serving. This makes for a really light lunch or even dinner option. Now if you pair with the bread, of course, you need to factor that in.

Is Panera Bread Broccoli Cheddar Soup Vegetarian

To make this recipe vegetarian just use a vegetable broth in replace of the chicken stock. It will adjust the flavor slightly but it will be a minimal difference.

Can I Substitute Frozen Broccoli for Fresh

You can indeed swap out fresh or frozen in this recipe. I personally used fresh broccoli but feel free to grab frozen if it is what you have on hand.

What Are The Ingredients in Panera’s Copycat Broccoli and Cheddar Instant Pot Soup

Broccoli, cheddar cheese, onion, stock, milk, carrots, hot sauce, nutmeg, and cream cheese are all that are required for this soup. You would think a lot goes into making this broccoli cheddar soup, but truthfully it is such a simple recipe.

You will keep coming back making it again and again!

Panera's Instant Pot Broccoli and Cheddar Soup

Panera’s Copy Cat Broccoli and Cheddar Soup

Is It Ok To Freeze Broccoli Cheese Soup

You can freeze broccoli cheese soup. Just place in an airtight container and allow some space for it to expand as it freezes. Or reach for a freezer bag to store it in. The soup will stay good for up to 2 months when properly frozen. The cream cheese or heavy cream could change the texture slightly but it will still taste the same.

Thaw the night before you want to serve, and reheat on the stove on low heat, stirring frequently to prevent burning. Use a whisk to help give it that creamy texture again, instead of clumpy.

How to Defrost Soup Fast

If you didn’t set your broccoli cheese soup out the night before, don’t stress I have options for you!

Run your bag or container of soup under hot water, sealed up. This will help to defrost the soup faster than sitting in the fridge.

Or you can toss in the microwave at 50% power for around 2 minutes. Check and see how it is, then gives a good stir. If it is working slowly, place back in the microwave. Heat on full power for 1-minute increments stirring until it is soft enough to transfer to the pan, or just heat fully in the microwave.

How Long Does Broccoli Cheddar Soup Last

You can expect your broccoli cheddar soup to last 3 days in the refrigerator when properly stored. If I know we won’t eat the leftovers in time, I just pop in the freezer for quick lunch or dinner later on down the line.

Toppings For Broccoli Cheddar Soup

Looking to add some toppings for your soup? Here are some tasty ideas you might really enjoy.

  • Serve in a bread bowl
  • Sprinkle on more freshly grated cheddar cheese
  • Add a splash of hot sauce
  • Sprinkle of Cajun seasoning or Season Salt


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 the 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

Panera's Copycat Broccoli and Cheddar Instant Pot Soup

Yield: 8
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 4 minutes
Total Time: 9 minutes

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 (Shredded)
  • 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


  1. Place chopped onion, carrots, broccoli, nutmeg, and chicken broth in the Pot.
  2. Add 8 oz cream cheese.
  3. Place on Manual high pressure for 4 minutes.
  4. Do a quick release and stir in milk or heavy cream.
  5. Place pot back on saute until for about 5 minutes.
  6. Do not bring to boil.
  7. Stir in cheese. (shredding the cheese yourself at home is best)
  8. Add hot sauce after cheese is melted.
  9. Serve with bread or crackers.


Stir in a dash of hot sauce after cheese is melted to enhance the flavor. 


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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 236Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 55mgSodium: 626mgCarbohydrates: 10gFiber: 2gSugar: 3gProtein: 10g

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Patti Parrott

Saturday 2nd of October 2021

Help! Apparently my float valve list it's gasket...can I make this on the stove???

Adventures of a Nurse

Sunday 3rd of October 2021

Yes you can


Thursday 30th of September 2021

Didn't have nutmeg so I just added a little pepper. I used 1c of Sargento sharp cheddar cheese pre shredded and it melted without clumping. I added 1/2jar of Tostitos medium salsa con queso with jalapenos. That gave it a really nice flavor. I did use 2 full cups of milk which did make it really runny but I have a loaf of dried out French bread. Worked great for dipping.

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