Keto Broccoli Cheese Soup with Beer & Brats, is the ultimate comfort food, and not just for low carb and ketogenic followers! With three kinds of melted cheese, bratwurst, beer, and broccoli all coming together in this delicious instant pot soup - this will be your new favorite recipe!
Broccoli, Brat, and Beer Cheese Soup is the perfect cozy thing for chilly nights! Instant pot and stovetop method provided in the recipe card.
Why You'll Love This Broccoli Cheese Soup
There are SO MANY reasons why my family thinks this is the best broccoli cheese soup! It's a one-pot dish, healthy (low carb and keto), family-friendly, and so tasty! We love brats and my husband and I love beer! Why not combine with broccoli cheese soup? Perfect combination, right?
This Broccoli, Brats, and Beer Cheese Soup will quickly become your new favorite too!
It's An Easy Instant Pot Recipe
You can easily make this low carb Instant Pot Recipe for broccoli cheese soup. It's truly a one-pot recipe with easy-to-find ingredients. It can be made ahead of time and re-heats well so it's perfect for make-ahead lunches and leftovers!
Perfect Family Friendly Recipe
It seems like most kids love cheese, but not all of them love broccoli. This is a great way to sneak in vegetables and lots of nutrients.
A Great Make-Ahead Soup
Instant pot broccoli cheese soup is A perfect make-ahead lunch recipe! I will often make a batch of this soup on the weekend and take it to work for my weekday lunches.
I usually heat it in the microwave at work but you can take a pre-heated serving in a thermos. This is the Thermos food jar that I send my kids to school with. In the Fall we go on picnics and I pack yummy hot soup too!
Bonus! This recipe freezes well too!
Broccoli, Brats, Beer, and Cheese...Oh My
The perfect combination!
Okay, so my husband is the inspiration for this Broccoli, Brat and Beer Cheese Soup. He is from Wisconsin and (of course) loves cheese, beer, and bratwurst. Three classic Wisconsin ingredients coming together to make this delicious cozy soup - the perfect remedy for those extremely cold Winter nights up North!
There are so many versions of Wisconsin beer cheese soup but this version has all of his favorites. I love that he thinks it's the best soup ever! Thanks, Honey! 🙂
Healthy Broccoli Cheese Soup That Is Low Carb and Keto
This low carb broccoli cheese soup has a lot of nutrients and vitamins from the broccoli. It is low in carbs and high in fat making it perfect if you're following the keto diet. The full nutritional analysis is below.
Remember! Use a low carb beer if you're following a low carb or keto diet.
⇓ To lower carbs even more, you can use chicken stock in place of beer.
⇑ To increase fat content you can use full-fat half-and-half or heavy cream.
⇓ To lower the fat content you can use up to 1 cup less cheese.
fat 19.9g | net carbs 8.1g | protein 13.9g
Ingredients and Tools
For exact recipe ingredients please see the printable recipe card below.
- Beer bratwurst - plain or cheese are fine too!
- Head of broccoli - frozen is fine too!
- Cheddar cheese, grated
- Smoked cheddar cheese, grated
- Parmesan cheese, grated
- Half and half
- Chicken broth
- Low carb beer - Michelob Light Ultra has 2.6 carbs and was used in this recipe
- Xantham gum - This is an optional low carb and keto friendly thickening agent. If not following a low carb diet you can use flour or cornstarch as a thickener.
- Instant Pot - (this is my exact pot and it's reasonably priced! At the time I posted this they also had a $10 coupon to apply)
- Cutting Board
- Chef’s Knife
- Cheese grater or a food processor with the grater attachment - I use a food processor to grate blocks of cheese - it's super fast and easy. I've stopped buying store-bought grated cheese because it is often coated in something that prevents it from melting. Freshly grated cheese is so much better quality.
- Blender or an immersion Blender - I would highly recommend this gadget for making soups! It allows you to blend soups right in your pot as it's cooking. If you use a blender you will need to take the soup out of the pot and add to blender. Don't overfill or it will go everywhere! (Ask me how I know this) 🙂
How To Make Low Carb Broccoli Cheese Soup
Brown and Cook Brats
Brats are first browned in butter, then cooking is finished in the pressure cooker.
Using Saute (Medium heat) setting in your Instant pot, melt 2 tablespoons of butter, place bratwurst in the pot and cook only until outside because a golden brown, turning as needed to brown evenly.
**You are only giving the bratwurst a nice color - final cooking is done on high pressure (next step)
Turn the pressure cooker off. Pour beer over bratwurst. Lock lid and select High pressure (5 minutes cook time). Once cooking is complete, allow pressure to release naturally for 5 minutes, then do a quick pressure release. Once the valve drops, carefully remove the lid. Remove bratwurst and set aside.
**Save all remaining liquid in the pot and set aside in a bowl for later.
Cook Onions and Garlic
Using Saute setting (Medium heat) melt your remaining 2 tablespoons of butter. Add onions and cook until they are soft.
If onions are sticking to the pot, add up to 2 tablespoons of olive oil. If the pot gets too hot, turn heat to low.
Add garlic and cook for 2 minutes or until fragrant. Turn the pressure cooker off.
Cook Broccoli and Start Broth
Add chicken broth, the reserved beer brat liquid, and broccoli to the pot. Secure lid, set on High pressure and 1 minute cook time.
While you are waiting, slice bratwurst into 1/2" slices. Once the cycle is complete use a quick pressure release until the valve drops. Carefully remove the lid.
**As you can see in the picture, I used frozen broccoli. This worked perfectly, and with no change in cooking instructions. I tested this recipe with frozen broccoli and fresh and both turned out great!
Using a slotted spoon remove 3/4 of broccoli and set aside. Using an immersion blender directly in the pot, blend the broccoli that remains in the pot with the broth until there are no more chunks.
Turn pot on Saute Low. In a small bowl, whisk 1/2 teaspoon of xantham gum with a scoop of hot broth until there are no chunks. Pour back into soup and blend. This is an optional step but does help soup to thicken without adding flour as in traditional recipes.
Stir in cheeses and allow to melt. Slowly whisk in half and half, until blended.
Add your reserved broccoli and bratwurst back into the pot. Then add salt and pepper. Continue to heat only if necessary. Only heat to serving temperature, stirring frequently, and then turn the pot off.
Soup will thicken slightly as it cools. If you prefer a thicker soup, add 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon more of the xanthan gum. A little goes a long way so be careful!
If you prefer a more liquid consistency, do not use xanthan gum and add additional broth until the desired consistency is reached. You may need to adjust salt and pepper to taste.
Garnish and Serve
Ladle into bowls, sprinkle with pepper, and additional cheese. If you've got bread eaters in your house, serve with crusty sliced bread. (Low carb followers don't be tempted!) Enjoy!
How can I make broccoli cheese soup that ISN'T low carb or keto?
- Use regular beer, not low carb
- Instead of Xantham Gum, use a ¼ cup of flour as a thickening agent whisked into ¼ cold water. Add into the soup and stir into soup.
Can I make broccoli cheese soup on the stove?
Yes. You would follow all of the same instructions, except you would add the broccoli into your stockpot and cook on the stovetop, covered, until the broccoli is very tender. It is very easy to cook on the stove. Sometimes it is even quicker because 20 minutes of the 50 minute cooking time with the pressure cooker is waiting on the pressure to build.
Can I substitute another ingredient for beer?
Yes. You can substitute bone broth or chicken broth in place of the beer. This will lower the carbs in this recipe even more!
Which Beer Has The Least Carbs?
While there are many varieties of low carb beer available on the market, here are the carb and calorie counts from some of the brands that are widely available in most stores.
- Budweiser Select 55 has 1.9 g carbs and 55 calories
- Budweiser Select 3.1 g carbs and 99 calories
- Michelob Ultra has 2.6 g carbs and 95 calories (this is the beer we used!)
- Corona Light 5 g carbs and 99 calories
- Miller 64 2.4 g carbs and 64 calories
- Miller Light 3.2 g carbs and 96 calories
Is broccoli good on keto?
Yes. Broccoli is low in carbs and very healthy. It is loaded with many essential nutrients and is a superfood. Broccoli has 2 grams of net carbs per 1/2 cup.
How many carbs are in a bowl of broccoli cheese soup?
This depends on the ingredients and quantity you are eating of course, but this keto broccoli cheese soup recipe has only 8.1 g net carbs.
More Instant Pot Soup Recipes
Here are more easy instant pot soup recipes you will like! All of the below recipes are keto-friendly and low carb. Also, the sloppy joes can be made in the slow cooker or your Instant Pot. Bookmark the pages or save the pins in each post to Pinterest so you can easily find them later!
- Creamy Beef Taco Soup (Keto Instant Pot Soup Recipe)
- Instant Pot Low Carb and Keto Chicken Soup
- Green Enchiladas Chicken Soup (Slow Cooker + Instant Pot)
- Instant Pot Vegetable Beef Soup
- Chicken Fajita Soup (Crockpot + Instant Pot)
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