Step-by-Step Guide on how to make Instant Pot Broccoli Cheddar Soup! Easy to make broccoli cheese soup with simple pantry ingredients. We incorporated a few techniques to craft this creamy rich soup packed with layers of flavors and satisfying textures. A tasty and comforting soup the whole family will enjoy.
Flavors & Textures: The broccoli cheese soup is creamy, rich, thick, smooth, aromatic, cheesy, and savory-umami.
We used a combination of ingredients and techniques to enhance the depths of flavors, and add body and different textures to make the soup more exciting! So you won’t have to worry it’ll turn out flat, one-dimensional, or boring after a few scoops.
How to Make Instant Pot Broccoli Cheddar Soup
Take this Broccoli Cheddar Soup Instant Pot Recipe to the next level with these few simple techniques:
Sautéing the aromatics and veggies
Using 2 types of freshly grated cheese
Balancing flavor profile & adding layers of flavors with high-quality fish sauce
Adding some broccoli florets near the end for a more satisfying mouthfeel and better presentation
What You Need to Make Broccoli Cheddar Soup
Here are the ingredients for making Broccoli Cheddar Soup in Instant Pot:
Amy + Jacky’s Tips! To save time, you can roughly chop the ingredients because they’ll mostly disintegrate and blend nicely into the soup at the end.
We’re using it to balance the flavor by significantly cutting down the cheddar cheese’s sharp aftertaste. As a bonus, it builds an extra layer of umami flavor into the soup. But if you want to skip the fish sauce, the soup will still be tasty.
Amy + Jacky’s Texture Tips! If you prefer a chunky soup, blend it for a shorter time. If you prefer a smoother texture, blend it for a longer time. If you want an ultra-smooth soup, blend longer and strain the soup over a fine mesh strainer.
Add the previously set-aside broccoli florets in the broccoli cheese soup in Instant Pot, then break them down a little with a wooden spoon.
Season & Serve Instant Pot Broccoli Cheddar Soup
Taste the broccoli cheddar soup, then season with salt & ground black pepper.
Garnish with more cheddar cheese on top. You can also add some toasted breadcrumbs on this tasty broccoli cheese soup.
What to Serve with Broccoli Cheddar Soup
You can serve Broccoli Cheddar Soup with a wide variety of delicious side dishes. This rich and creamy soup goes well with sides that are lighter, can soak up the flavorful soup, or sides with a more refreshing flavor profile.
Step-by-Step Guide on how to make Instant Pot Broccoli Cheddar Soup! Delicious, comforting, and easy broccoli cheese soup the whole family will enjoy. We incorporated a few techniques to craft this creamy rich soup packed with layers of flavors, body, and satisfying mouthfeel.
Saute Onions & Garlic: Use "Sauté More" function to heat up your Instant Pot. Wait until it says "HOT" on the screen. Add 3 tbsp (42g) unsalted butter in Instant Pot. Make sure to cover the whole bottom with oil. Add in chopped onions. Lightly season with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper. Saute onions for roughly 2 to 3 minutes until softened but not browned. Add in chopped garlic, then saute for 30 seconds.
Saute Broccoli & Veggies: Add in about 16 broccoli florets, then saute for roughly 2 minutes until it smells earthy. Add in chopped carrots, diced potatoes, and 1 tsp ground mustard, then saute for another minute.
Deglaze Instant Pot: Pour 1 cup (250ml) unsalted chicken stock in Instant Pot. Then, completely deglaze the bottom of the pot by scrubbing the flavorful brown bits with a wooden spoon.
Pressure Cook Broccoli Soup: Add in remaining broccoli, 2 cups (500ml) unsalted chicken stock, and optional 2 tbsp (30ml) fish sauce. With Venting Knob in Venting Position, close the lid, then turn Venting Knob to Sealing Position. Pressure Cook at High Pressure for 3 minutes, then Natural Release for 10 minutes.
Blend Broccoli Soup: Scoop up and set aside 16 to 18 broccoli florets for later. Pour 2 cups (500ml) whole milk into Instant Pot to cool down the soup slightly. Blend the broccoli soup to your desired consistency with an Immersion Hand Blender.Amy + Jacky's Texture Tips! If you prefer a chunky soup, blend it for a shorter time. If you prefer an ultra-smooth soup, blend longer and strain the soup over a fine mesh strainer.
Melt Cheese and Make Broccoli Cheddar Soup: Add a handful of grated cheddar cheese at a time, then stir constantly with a wooden spoon until the cheese fully melts into the soup. Add the previously set-aside broccoli florets to the soup, then break them down a little with a wooden spoon.Amy + Jacky's Cheesy Tips! Taste and adjust the amount of cheese according to your cheese and personal preferences. You may or may not need to melt all the cheese into the soup.
Season & Serve: Taste the broccoli cheddar soup, then season with salt & ground black pepper. Garnish with more cheddar cheese and toasted breadcrumbs on top. Enjoy~
1. Use Freshly Grated Cheese to Avoid Graininess: Freshly grated cheese will melt better and the soup will have a smoother texture compared to using pre-shredded cheese. But if you prefer using pre-shredded cheese, it’ll still work for this recipe.
Timesaving Tip: If you're using freshly grated cheddar cheese, save preparation time by grating them while the soup is pressure cooking.
2. Potatoes Will Give the Soup More Body and Texture: We developed the recipe with Yukon Gold potatoes. You can also use russet potatoes or white potatoes.3. Unsalted Chicken Stock & Unsalted Butter: We prefer to develop recipes with unsalted ingredients because we can better control the flavors of the dish. If you're using salted ingredients, taste and adjust accordingly.4. Whole Milk Substitutes: You can substitute with 2% or 1% milk5. Fish Sauce (Optional): Fish sauce may sound strange in the broccoli cheddar soup, but it'll help balance & adds depths to the overall flavor profile by cutting down the cheddar cheese’s sharp aftertaste. Use a high-quality fish sauce - it won’t make the soup tastes fishy at all!Rate Amy + Jacky's Recipe: If you've tried our recipe, don't forget to rate the recipe in the Comments section. Thank you!
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