I see some of our fellow citizens are finally going back to work. I think many of the changes we made in our lives over the last several months will stick around including preparing our own meals.
Many of our readers have finally figured out what to do with the Instant Pot they got for Christmas a couple of years ago. If you don’t have the time or inclination to cook for the family for a week over a weekend you can conjure things up in minutes with your Instant Pot. I am using mine more than ever.
No matter what the weather, I love soup. Even on the hottest summer day, a bowl of soup seems to make me cooler. My recipe for Instant Pot Broccoli Cheddar Soup is thick and cheesy with and loaded with broccoli. This recipe is easy to double to insure you have enough for later in the week.
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes
Yield: 4 to 6 servings
To make the soup
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 teaspoons olive oil
1/2 cup diced yellow onion
1 cup shredded carrots
1 cup diced potatoes
1/2 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 tablespoons minced garlic
2 cups chicken broth
1-1/2-pounds chopped broccoli florets, fresh or frozen
To thicken the soup
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup butter
To finish the soup
6 ounces Cheddar cheese, shredded (about 1 1/2 cups)
4 ounces Monterey jack cheese, shredded (about 1 cup)
2 cups half and half
To garnish the soup
4 to 6 whole broccoli florets, microwaved
6 teaspoons shredded Cheddar cheese
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