Instant Pot Broccoli Cheesy Rice Soup
Wanting to be frugal I needed to use extra Broccoli and Gouda cheese that we had on hand, so I whipped up a batch of Instant Pot Broccoli Cheesy Rice Soup. This is a three cheese soup, with delicious cream, broccoli and carrots and rice thrown in for good measure. It was fairly easy to put together, although shredding baby carrots was knuckle blistering..ha! I would buy pre-shredded or regular size carrots next time. I just wanted to use what I had on hand. The rice I had extra from a previous meal, so that worked perfectly.
The serving size served our family quite well but if you had a really large family you’d probably want to make extra rice and serve it over the rice to stretch out the soup. I used fresh broccoli but frozen can be used as well. You would want to thaw it enough to cut down any large broccoli stems before hand.
I used the three cheeses I had. Gouda I love to use for Instant Pots and slow cookers because it melts so well. Parmesan adds a great flavor and cheddar tones down the bluntness of the other cheeses. Some other specialty cheeses that would be exciting to use are Asiago and Provolone.
I used my 8 quart Instant Pot to make the soup and previously the day before used it to make the rice. I love how versatile it is! If you don’t have cooked rice on hand and don’t want to use the stove, a rice cooker will work.
Looking for another soup recipe? Zuppa Toscana Soup is delicious!