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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. This soup is perfect whether you get it in a bread bowl or a regular bowl. You have that creamy and cheesy texture with pieces of broccoli and carrots throughout that make each bite a little piece of heaven.

Broccoli and Cheddar Paneras copy cat

I love all types of Instant Pot Soups; I think it’s my new obsession. 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.

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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, which might excite you to serve this soup with your family.

Ingredients Needed for Instant Pot Broccoli and Cheddar Soup

  • Onion
  • Broccoli florets
  • Match stick carrots or shredded carrots
  • cream cheese
  • sharp cheddar cheese I shred mine at home and do not use pre-shredded cheese
  • Chicken Broth
  • Heavy Cream
  • hot sauce (optional)
instant pot broccoli cheddar soup

Step by Step Directions for Panera’s Copycat Soup

  1. Place chopped onion, carrots, broccoli, nutmeg, and chicken broth in the pressure cooker.
  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’s 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 the cheese is melted.
  9. Serve with bread or crackers.

If you would like Directions for Broccoli and Cheddar Soup on the stovetop.

Tips and Tricks for Panera’s Copycat Broccoli and Cheddar Soup

  • Shred the cheddar at home; the pre-shredded cheese does not melt and might clump.
  • The hot sauce is optional but enhances the flavors of the cheese.
  • You may use milk instead of heavy cream.
Panera’s Copycat Broccoli and Cheddar Instant Pot Soup

Frequently Asked Questions for Panera’s Copycat Broccoli and Cheddar Instant Pot Soup

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

This soup takes just about 15 minutes to cook in your Instant Pot, so it is delicious and super fast to whip up! If you go the slow cooker route on this recipe, it cooks for hours, so the Instant Pot again comes in to save the day!

How Many Carbs are in This Soup

My Panera Broccoli Cheddar Soup version has around nine carbs per serving. This makes for a light lunch or even dinner option. Now, if you pair it 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 to replace 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 used fresh broccoli but feel free to grab frozen if it is what you have on hand.

How to Store Panera’s Copy Cat Instant Pot soup

You can expect your broccoli cheddar soup to last three days in the refrigerator when properly stored.

Is It Ok To Freeze

You can freeze broccoli cheese soup. Just place it in an airtight container and allow some space to expand as it freezes. The soup will stay good for up to 2 months when properly frozen.

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 it in the microwave at 50% power for around 2 minutes.

bread dipped in broccoli soup

Toppings For Broccoli Cheddar Soup

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

  • Hard Crusty Bread
  • Croutons
  • crackers
  • Serve in a bread bowl
  • Sprinkle on more freshly grated cheddar cheese
  • Add a splash of hot sauce
  • Sprinkle with 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!

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 ensure each family member gets the most vitamin C possible to help boost your immunity.

I hope you all enjoy this scrumptious copycat recipe. I know our family loves it! 

instant pot broccoli cheddar soup

Update on the recipe: If you add 8oz of cream cheese, you will not need a thickener 🙂 Also, ensure 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. 

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  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.

Notes

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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Thursday 22nd of September 2022

Cream cheese does not melt all the way...

Paula

Saturday 9th of April 2022

Great recipe! I followed one of the reviewer’s suggestion to stir in the shredded bar of cheddar first before stirring in the milk. It worked like a charm! So easy and delicious! Thanks for sharing this! It’s definitely a keeper!

sandi

Thursday 10th of February 2022

The original recipe I printed from you said cook on manual for 15 minutes. now it says 4 minutes. Can you say why the change? thanks. Sandi

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I did the recipe again :)

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