Pressure Cooker Copycat Panera Broccoli Cheddar Soup

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Rated 4.5 based on 33 customer reviews
Pressure Cooker Copycat Panera Broccoli Cheddar Soup
Pressure Cooker Copycat Panera Broccoli Cheddar Soup


For best results, we recommend using:


Mealthy Tip

Try different cheeses to go with the Cheddar cheese. Use half shredded Gruyère cheese and half shredded Cheddar cheese. Or try half finely grated Parmesan cheese and half Cheddar cheese.

Add small pieces of cauliflower in addition to (or instead of) the broccoli for a different cruciferous experience.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 571 calories; 38g fat; 37.6g carbohydrates; 23g protein; 106mg cholesterol; 1045mg sodium.

Full nutrition

Nutrition Facts

Serving Per Container 8

Amount Per Serving
Calories 571 Calories from Fat345
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 38g 59%
Saturated Fat22g 111%
Trans Fat0.5g
Polyunsaturated Fat2.0g
Monounsaturated Fat10.5g
Cholesterol 106mg 35%
Sodium 1045mg 44%
Total Carbohydrate 37.6g 13%
Dietary Fiber7g 30%
Protein 23g
Vitamin A270% Vitamin C178%
Calcium49% Iron11%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories: 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less than 65g 80g
Saturated Fat Less than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg 300 mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g 375g
Dietary Fiber 25g 30g

Calories per gram:

Fat 9 • Carbohydrate 4 • Protein 4


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Liz Snoblen says:


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J R says:

I made it today. Pure perfection. I didn’t add any extra thickening. Just plenty thick and tasty. I added some salt though. I made home made buttery croutons to go with that. Yum.

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Paige Allison says:

Just made this and it’s delicious! I bought precut broccoli and did rip them up a little before closing the lid. When done I whisked the liquid before adding in the cheese to break down the broccoli even more. I used fresh mild cheddar but will use sharp cheddar next time or half cheddar and ha,f something else. I did add a teaspoon of sea salt and pepper before closing the lid to cook and glad I did because it seasoned the mixture really good. Added a little more salt and pepper after cooking and served with garlic croutons. Perfect lunch and I have leftovers!

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Helen Rudnitskaya says:

It’s just perfect! I used blender to turn it into a cream soup and it worked out soooo good! Thanks!

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Mette Raben Fields says:

I DOUBLED the amount of sharp cheddar cheese and added sea salt & fresh pepper to taste (as some reviews suggested) and I used a potato masher to "cream" it. It was DELICIOUS with some French baguette!!! Highly recommend!!!

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Sam Chandler says:

You had be at Panera Bread! This recipe is spot on. I would not change a thing. I did use the thickener and found that the texture and consistency was perfect. The only thing I felt like I needed to add was a little salt. Other than that, it was perfection.

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Stacey Oliver says:

We really like it. It's not as milky-creamy -thick as Panera. More veggie tasting. I will use less carrot next time as our family preference. I added about 7 more ounces of cheese than what the recipe called for totaling 15 ounces of cheese. I used the cornstarch thickening with ratio of 3 TBL. Prep a lot longer than 15 minutes! But that may be because I'm slow at cutting up veggies. Overall, I will make it again.

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Max Heron says:

I made this recipe tonight and it was phenomenal. I even got my kids to eat it, and they never eat soup. This recipe taste just like the real thing, and it's cheaper than going to Panera!

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Kim Delbridge says:

This soup is so easy to make and tastes amazing

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Bernice King says:

Your recipe was sooooo DELICIOUS!! Followed the recipe, added these because I needed to use them up before they went bad: Leeks (1 stalk) 1/2 onion 1c Spinach 1c zucchini 1c yellow squash Extra cup of broth Used salted butter but added a little more salt and pepper to taste 1 cup of heavy cream at the end...because i decided to grate purple carrots and soup came out...purple. Family loved it, thank you!

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Maria Rodriguez says:

We loved it. My kids gave it a 6. My little on (she is 9) said she would give it a 10 if it wasn’t for the carrots because she just didn’t like them in there, but didn’t hate them. That being said, they loved this soup and it was very easy to make. Oh, and I didn’t add the corn starch at the end because we like it a bit more soupy and less thick.

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Heath Holley says:

Ohhh! Soo good!!! This was a super quick and easy recipe as well. It needs a good bit of salt and some pepper but, aside from that, tasted great!

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Susan Burtch says:

EXCELLENT recipe! Came out great in my Mealthy Pot, the whole family loves it. I used skim milk, it turned out fine. I did add some salt and pepper at the end. Very good copycat recipe - tastes just like Panera, at home!

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Taylor Llewelyn says:

It was delicious and easy to make, I think next time I’ll add more cheese as a personal preference

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Christy Casper says:

Very yummy, pretty easy prep, but I did add plenty of salt and it still didn’t taste salty enough. I think it needed more cheese too. I will double the cheese next time.

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Carrie Baker says:

Excellent, I followed the recipe exactly until the end. It has excellent flavor but I like more cheese so I added another half cup of cheddar cheese and salt.. that’s it. I had enough for a meal for three and I froze two more family portions. Will make again for sure!

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Jereck Carmona says:

This recipe lived up to its reputation. As good as the Panera version , if not even better because the soup can easily be altered to your specific tastes.

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Diane Sagaties says:

I have an instant pot but was always told I need 1 cup of liquid can this be adapted to the instant pot

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Priscilla Myles says:

One word... Amazing!!!!! Okay, it deserves two... Delicious!!! This was perfect, the recipe was easy and it came out wonderful.

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Ashlie Calkins says:

My first time making soup in my instant pot! This soup was absolutely amazing! Defiantly will be making again!!

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Rocco Petitti says:

Made this tonight, it was very good. Saw another review here where they said it was nothing like Panera and they had to throw it out, well they must not have made it right because I followed the recipe to the T and it was excellent.

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Kelli Adams says:

This was my very first pressure cooker meal! It turned out delicious and creamy! I didn’t have celery so I left it out, and also added salt & pepper at the end. Very easy to make!

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Chase Gregory says:

This is absolutely nothing like Panera. I literally live around the corner from a Panera and my high school son works there part time so we eat there all the time... this is not it. Honestly, this was not good and we ended up throwing it away

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Philip Luoma says:

Excellent soup that lasted a few meals. The one thing I wanted to point out was that no instructions on what to do with the broccoli was provided. I think it should mention that you have to cut it down to small pieces (unless you like big trees in your soup). Just my opinion. Thanks for sharing!

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Marina Konko says:

I love soup by this recipe. I make it second time and it comes out really delicious, very cheesy flavor. I really recommend you to try it.

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Nina Wagner says:

Yummy! I used half sharp cheddar and half cheddar jack cheese. Don’t forget to add salt and pepper! Otherwise it’s a really good and fairly simple recipe! We bought bread bowls to eat it out of 😋

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Michelle Smith says:

This recipe was delicious! I did not do the thickening because it was perfect without that step.

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Kelli Ellenburg says:

It’s been a while since I’ve had Panera so I can’t speak to the authenticity of the soup from a comparison perspective, however, I did not find this recipe to be especially tasty. The broccoli turned to mush. If I were to repeat it, I would add it after pressure cooking the other vegetables but before thickening with the cornstarch and water.

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Natalie Loussia says:

Turned out amazing but I put a little extra cheese

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Jacquie Baker says:

Absolutely delicious! I used chicken broth instead and didn’t even bother with the cornstarch thickener. Will be making again 100%.

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Britt Hess says:

Loved this recipe. Was my first recipe since I got my instant pot; Easy and delicious. DEFINITELY needs salt!! I will also try a sharper cheese next time (used mild cheddar). Took close to an hour between prepping, waiting for it to heat up, chopping veggies and cooking.

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Sharon Rhodes says:

Outstanding. Will share with my favorite neighbor. I Followed recipe and did not change anything, but added some salt and some my Louisiana steak seasoning at the end. I Put it through the freezer test and results when reheated were just as good as first cooked. May use white sharp cheddar next time.

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Rachel Nash says:

LOVE THIS! New favorite for sure! So quick and easy! We added some salt, pepper, and garlic powder and it was perfect! Will definitely have again!