Instant Pot Broccoli Cheese Soup. Cook it in the Best Instant Pot

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You want a broccoli cheese soup but don’t have the luxury of time to prepare. Then, go for the instant pot broccoli cheese soup. If you have all the ingredients and device in hand, it will only take you a few minutes to prepare. Just like preparing a cup of instant noodles.

Don’t get me wrong. Instant noodles come in packs, while you need to get and prepare ingredients for instant pot broccoli cheese soup.  Although there’s a massive number of instant products that can mimic the soup you like, it’s still best to make soup from fresh and healthy ingredients.

Then how could I cook it like a raging race car? That’s easy. Cook it with a pressure cooker. But not just any ordinary pressure cooker. Cook it with an instant pot.

Instant Pot is a multi-purpose electricity powered cooker, which could function as pressure cooker.  But unlike the ordinary pressure cooker, the microcontroller is responsible for timer and temperature regulation.

So, what are you waiting for? Make your broccoli soup fast and easy.

Choose the Best Instant Pot

If you already have one, use it. Don’t bother getting an extra. But in case you don’t, I recommend one of the following:

  1. Instant Pot Duo 7-in-1 
  2. Instant Pot Lux 6-in-1 
  3. Pot Ultra 10-in-1

If you can’t find any of the three. Ask from your friends and neighbors for recommendations. You can also read reviews on online shops. Choose the item with the most review, and increase your chances of getting the best instant pot for your broccoli cheese soup and other favorite dishes. 

How to steam broccoli? Read it here.

How to Make Instant Pot Broccoli Cheese Soup

Follow the following steps to make your own instant pot broccoli cheese soup.

  1. Add the ingredients into pot:
    1. 4 cups broccoli cuts
    2. 1 chopped onion
    3. ¼ cup chopped carrots
  2. Include seasonings:
    1. 1 teaspoon nutmeg
    2. 1 teaspoon hot sauce
  3. The main ingredient is broccoli, but you may add extra vegetables such as:
    1. lettuce
    2. cabbage
    3. beans 
  4. Variety of spices can make your soup unique; ginger, basil, bay leaves and cayenne.  Don’t be afraid to experiment.
  5. Add 3 cups of water or chicken broth.  Corn starch, flour, and old bread are also great thickeners. Dissolve in a small amount of lukewarm water before adding into.
  6. Add salt if you think the cheese you’re going to use doesn’t have enough. Salt is one of the most abused seasoning so add as little as possible.
  7. Cover the pot, lock the lid, and set the valve to “sealing.”
  8. Press the “pressure cook” button and set the timer to 3 minutes.  It will beep after a few seconds showing “ON.”  Then it’s all set.
  9. After cooking, the display will show a count up timer. Wait for a minute, then set the valve to “venting.” 
  10. Remove the cover and add 1 cup of cream for thicker soup or 1 cup of milk for thinner viscosity.
  11. Finally, add  2 cups of shredded cheese. Choose whatever type of cheese you like, such as Mozzarella, Parmesan, and Cheddar.

I Have no Instant Pot and I Don’t Want to Buy One. Can I Still Make Broccoli Cheese Soup?

Yes! Go for the traditional way if you don’t have an instant pot.

  1. Get a common heavy pot instead.
  2. Put in the ingredients:
    1. 4 cups broccoli
    2. 1 chopped onion
    3. ¼ cup chopped carrots 
  3. Add seasonings:
    1. 1 teaspoon nutmeg
    2. 1 teaspoon hot sauce
  4. Add 3 cups of water or chicken broth.
  5. Bring the mix to a slow boil until the broccoli and carrots are tender.  Please don’t overdo it. Else, broccoli will become soggy.
  6. Remove from heat and add 1 cup of milk or 1 cup of cream for thicker soup.
  7. Finally, add 2 cups of shredded cheese.

Can I Make Instant Pot Broccoli Potato Cheese Soup?

Absolutely! You have two ways to make instant pot broccoli potato cheese soup.  

Firstly, Boil the potato in a separate pot. Remove the peels. Mash. Then add to broccoli cheese soup to thicken.

Secondly, Peel the potatoes. Make uniform slices or small cubes. Add to the recipe together with the broccoli.

Can I Make Instant Pot Broccoli Soup, no Cheese?

Cooking broccoli soup with no cheese is completely on preference. Broccoli soup with cheese is great but it can be great too without the cheese. It’s dependent on your taste buds and how you play with ingredients.

Can I Include Broccoli Cheese Soup in my Keto Diet?

Keto diet entails taking in low carbs and high fat foods, therefore you can include broccoli cheese soup in your keto diet. Especially true if you make the  soup yourself. Remember not to include ingredients such as flour, sweet potato, bread and other starchy foods.

How Many Carbs are in Broccoli Cheese Soup?

Broccoli cheese soup has relatively low carbs which mostly come from starch serving as thickener.  If it comes with bread, the carbs are obviously from the bread.

Old bread can also be used as thickener, thus contributing to carb content.

Inspect the soup. If it contains a small amount of broccoli, then it’s bad news. What you’re getting is mostly liquid stuffed with starch or old bread.

How Long Will the Broccoli Cheese Soup Last?

Homemade and restaurant prepared broccoli cheese soup usually last in the fridge for 3 days.  Soup never freezes well in most home refrigerators. However, if you have access to quick freezing, you can make it last indefinitely.

Is Broccoli Cheese Soup Bad for You?

If you make the soup yourself, it’s probably healthy. If you get it from somewhere else, it could be bad.

The answer boils down on ingredients. Certified organic broccoli is totally good.

Low broccoli content and relatively thick syrup suggest a looming danger.  It has more carbs to offer.

Say no to excessive salt. Eating salty cheese is bad already. Adding more into soup makes it worse.

Conclusion

Are you enjoying your broccoli cheese soup? Probably! If so, it’s time to experiment with other soup. Try corn soup, mushroom and chicken soup. Tenderize some meat and explore cooking with its slow cook functionality.

In our current world where everything comes and goes in a blink, healthy foods are becoming a rare commodity. Just because we need to go with the flow, we are often content with quick but unhealthy meals.

Whenever you have a chance to prepare a quick and easy but healthy meal. I urge you to grab it. Having no time is not a good excuse. If you want something you’ll find time for it. You’re working to accumulate wealth, but never forget your body that you’ve been using.

If you don’t have the instant pot yet, now is the good time to get one. If you’re still not convinced. Then, no worries. You can still cook whatever foods you like in a traditional way. 

Read my other recipe on Stir-fry beef broccoli.

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