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Instant Pot Broccoli & Bacon Soup
Fast and fabulous, this broccoli sauce made with smoked bacon and Parmesan cheese will make you forget overcooked, school dinner broccoli forever!
Servings: 6
: 148 kcal
Author: Just Jo
  • 4 rashers of smoked streaky bacon
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 large head or 2 small heads of broccoli use the stalks too and chop them into 1/2 inch sized pieces, chopped
  • 1 skinny leek roughly chopped and thoroughly washed*
  • 1 rib of celery roughly chopped
  • 4 nuggets of frozen spinach ** leaf or chopped
  • 4 tbsp white basmati rice
  • Heel of a wedge of Parmesan cheese plus extra to shave over when serving
  • 1 litre of vegetable stock
  • Lots of freshly cracked black pepper
  • A judicious amount of sea salt!
  1. Start by setting your Instant Pot to Sauté and add the oil. Chop or cut the bacon with scissors into small lardons then cook until the fat has rendered out and the bacon is crisp. Stir constantly to prevent sticking. When cooked, remove the bacon with a slotted spoon to a plate until ready to serve.
  2. If there is a lot of fat, pour most of it away then add all the vegetables and rice then stir very well to distribute everything then cover with stock and tuck the Parmesan rind in.
  3. Cancel Sauteé mode then pop the lid on, set to Manual for 5 minutes on high pressure.
  4. When cooked, remove lid, retrieve the rind of the Parmesan, scraping any melted cheese into the pot then use a stick blender to purée your soup.
  5. Taste for seasoning - add lots of black pepper but remember the cheese and bacon add salt so you will likely need a very small amount only.
  6. Serve ladled into bowls and garnished with a few small shavings of Parmesan and a few crisp pieces of the cooked bacon. Makes 6 large servings suitable for to serve as a meal with bread on the side to dunk.
Recipe Notes

*= it goes without saying that you should wash all your veg but leeks are particularly sneaky and hide the soil which they grow in! I find it easiest to slice lengthways then chop roughly before washing very well in a sieve to get it all out.
**= frozen spinach comes in the discs/nuggets in the UK which are about 2 inches in diameter and 1 inch in depth. I wouldn't use fresh spinach here.