By making broccoli soup in the Instant Pot, you can have a flavorful comfort food without any of the guilt (and in a fraction of the time!). This delicious pressure cooker soup is Whole30 friendly and a healthy meal that is ready in no time!
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Upon hearing the knock at the door, I picked up my toddler and went to answer it. When I opened the door, there she stood, slightly hurried but with the same familiar and warm smile I’d come to know and love.
My sweet friend quickly handed me a container of soup from her refrigerator, along with a few other items, before saying her goodbyes and heading down the steps with her suitcase.
For more than a decade, my husband and I lived in a 1940s building that housed three separate apartments in a lovely historic neighborhood in Nashville. The top apartment was home to our dear friend Patsy, who lived most of the year in Paris, France, but would come to Nashville a few times a year, usually staying for a few weeks at a time.
Whenever the time came for her to fly back to Paris, she would often bring us leftover goodies that she didn’t want to throw away. Hence, the parting gift of soup.
But it wasn’t just any soup–it was homemade broccoli soup. And it was delicious.
I admit, I’d never had plain broccoli soup before. Broccoli potato soup, yes. Broccoli cheese soup, of course. But never just broccoli soup.
So that evening, I popped open the container and warmed up some of Patsy’s broccoli soup. My daughter, who was probably only one year old at the time and wasn’t extremely fond of vegetables, gobbled it up and asked for more.
Naturally, I asked Patsy for the recipe and she graciously obliged. It’s written on a yellow scrap of paper and, while the ingredients are extremely simple, the soup is delightful.
Patsy’s recipe uses a traditional stove top method of preparation, but when I recently made the soup again, I opted to use my Instant Pot to save a little time. It worked like a charm!
How to Make Quick and Easy Broccoli Soup in the Instant Pot
First, you saute some onions in some olive oil using the Saute function of the Instant Pot. Once they’re beginning to soften and turn translucent, throw in your chopped broccoli and add in the broth.
Lock the lid in place and set a cook time of 3 minutes. When the cook time is complete, you can perform a quick release of pressure. Use your immersion blender to get it to the consistency you prefer, then add in some salt and pepper to taste.
This Instant Pot broccoli soup is delicious as-is, but you can top it with a sprinkling of red pepper flakes or even some shredded cheese. I served mine alongside warm and gooey grilled cheese sandwiches. Delightful!
If you’re looking to incorporate more veggies into your diet, you’ll love this super quick and easy broccoli soup in the Instant Pot! It’s flavorful comfort food without a smidge of guilt. 🙂
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