If you’re looking for an easy side dish or a treat for National Cheddar Day (February 13th), Instant Pot broccoli cheddar soup recipe is the one. All you need is a few ingredients to make this delicious, creamy, hearty soup from scratch.
But how come a rich and creamy soup like this is healthy? Let’s find out.
Is This Soup Healthy?
Yes, broccoli cheddar soup is healthy. The main ingredient of the soup is broccoli, a fibrous vegetable that is rich in vitamins and minerals.
One of its many benefits is that it’s a great source of vitamin C. One serving of our broccoli cheddar soup contains more than 40% of your recommended daily vitamin C intake.
Our recipe also contains carrots and potatoes, both of which are great sources of fiber, vitamin B6, and potassium.
Vegetables aside, our recipe strictly adheres to our nutrition guidelines to make sure the amount of calories, sodium, and saturated fat are within recommended limits.
If you love healthy, hearty, creamy soups like this, here are some of our Instant Pot soup recipes you can try:
Cook the bacon: Turn on your Instant Pot and set it to the “Sauté” program. Add 1 oz bacon and cook for 2 minutes or until lightly browned. Transfer to a small bowl and set aside.
Sweat the onions: Add 2 tsp garlic and 2 oz onions, cook and stir for 2 minutes.
Cook the soup: Add 8 oz broccoli, 1.5 oz cheddar, 6 oz carrots, 4 oz potatoes, 1/4 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp black pepper, 1/2 cup milk, 2 1/2 tbsp heavy cream, 1/4 tsp paprika, and 1 1/2 cups unsalted chicken broth. Stir and cover with the lid. Turn the valve knob to “sealing position”. Set the Instant Pot to the “Steam” program for 20 minutes.
Blend the soup: Carefully turn the valve knob to release the steam before opening the lid. Stir a couple of times. Use an immersion blender to puree the soup until it reaches your desired consistency.
Toast the bread: Put 2 oz bread slices into an oven or air fryer for 2 minutes at 350℉ or until golden brown.
Garnish and serve: Ladle the soup into a deep dish or bowl. Sprinkle with bacon and serve with toasted bread.
Instant Pot Broccoli Cheddar Soup
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 151Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Saturated Fat 4g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Vitamin A 5050IU
Vitamin C 38mg
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Lizzie Streit is a Minneapolis-based dietitian and founder of It’s a Veg World After All. She completed her MS in Human Nutrition from Drexel University, and is an expert in culinary nutrition, recipe development, and nutrition communications. Lizzie’s philosophy is centered around making nutrition recommendations, and especially the advice to eat more vegetables, approachable and realistic. She is excited to be working with the team at Healthy Recipes 101 to ensure that their recipes are both nutritious and delicious.
A delicious and comforting meal that's easy to make. The soup is creamy and flavorful, with the perfect balance of broccoli and cheddar cheese.