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Loaded Potato Soup, in an Instant (pot)….

If you know me or have been following the blog, you know I make a big batch of soup every week as part of my Meal Planning. Instant Pot Loaded Potato Soup is the latest addition, and I can’t wait for you to try it.

I love a creamy, rich, soup and have been making chowders and soups in my slow cooker and stove top for years, but it takes some tweaking to get those family favorites to work in the Instant Pot. This Loaded Potato Soup is family approved.

Creamy Potato soup with cheese cooked in the Instant Pot. Loaded with cheese, bacon, and green onions

Why use the Instant Pot to make soup?

Honestly? For me the number one reason to make soup in the Instant Pot is that it’s faster. Life is busy and I need FAST recipes. But that’s not the only reason.

  • Easy one pot clean up
  • Has a large capacity; make some for now and some for later
  • Set it and forget it; no standing over the pot
  • All day simmered flavour, FAST. I like FAST
  • Moist heat; perfect for tenderizing tough cuts of meat, root vegetables & squash

Let’s talk about potatoes

While I like ALL potatoes, there are differences in the varieties that make some better for certain kinds of recipes than others. Choosing the right potato for the recipe can make a big difference in the end result.

For soups, I like Russet or Yukon gold. Both are more starchy potatoes, and will give you a smoother, creamier soup.

There is a great article here from the Spruce Eats on how to choose the best potato for your recipe.

Best cheese for potato soup?

You can easily make this a cheesy Potato Soup, just by stirring in some shredded cheese at the end, but there are a couple of things to keep in mind when choosing a cheese.

  • It should be a good melting cheese, I don’t recommend light cheeses which have less fat in the them and won’t melt as well.
  • Sharp or Aged Cheeses, including sharp cheddar, parmesan, asiago, Colby, are all good varieties to use.
  • Cream cheese will add extra richness, without adding much flavour, I often like to add 4 oz cream cheese and a cup of sharp cheddar!

Don’t have an Instant Pot?

If you don’t have an Instant Pot, you can still make this soup! You’ve got options:

CROCKPOT: Follow the instructions below, but place the everything in a crockpot and cook on low for 8 hours. Then proceed with the recipe as directed.

STOVETOP: Follow the instructions below, but place everything in a large soup pot on the stove. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for about 45 minutes depending on the size of your potatoes. Proceed as directed.

Instant Pot Potato Soup

Rich, creamy, comforting Potato Soup ready in 30 minutes with this delicious Instant Pot recipe. This traditional Potato Soup recipe is perfect as is, or add cheese, bacon and green onions for an over the top Loaded Instant Pot Potato Soup.
5 from 8 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Come to pressure time 10 mins
Total Time 27 mins
Course Dinner, Soup
Cuisine instant pot

Ingredients
  

  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 32 ounce chicken broth
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup
  • 2 pounds potatoes peeled and chopped
  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt
  • ½ teaspoon white pepper
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 Tablespoon flour
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cheese optional

LOAD IT UP: Shredded cheese, chopped green onions, cooked crumbled bacon, chopped parsley

    Instructions
     

    • Turn your Instant Pot on to medium on the Saute setting, add butter and melt.
    • Add the onions and garlic and cook until transparent and tender, about 3 minutes. Watch that the garlic doesn't get dark or it will be bitter
    • Add the broth, cream of chicken soup and potatoes. Stir.
    • Place lid on pot and turn valve to seal. Cook on high pressure for 12 minutes.
    • When the time is up, do a controlled quick release, a full quick release may get messy
    • Remove 1 Tbsp of hot broth from the pot, and stir in the flour, mixing until smooth paste forms. Slowly stir the milk into the flour/broth paste until combined. This will be your thickener.
    • With an immersion blender, puree potato until smooth. For a more rustic soup use a potato masher, leaving larger pieces of potato. Stir in the milk/flour thickener.
    • Set the Instant Pot to the Saute setting and simmer for about 3 minutes or until soup is the desired consistancy.
    • Taste and adjust salt and pepper to your personal preference. I like a good sprinkle of freshly ground pepper on mine!

    Notes

    CROCK POT COOKING INSTRUCTIONS:  You can make this in the crock pot by cooking on low for 8 hours or until potatoes are tender.  Proceed with the flour/milk mixture, and cook and additional 30 minutes on high to thicken. 

    Nutrition

    Serving: 2cups
    Keyword Instant Pot Potato Soup
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    5 thoughts on “Instant Pot Potato Soup”

    1. 5 stars
      I’m always looking for new instant pot recipes and my kids love soup, so this was a perfection combination. My kids loved it and it turned out so rich and creamy. I can’t wait to make this again!

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    2. 5 stars
      Yes, I have an IP but I don’t have a good potato soup recipe to make in it. Your soup looks perfect, nice and creamy, and cheesy.

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    3. 5 stars
      So creamy, so savory, so delicious! This loaded potato soup was perfect for a quick dinner and I loved the convenience of making it in my instant pot.

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    4. 5 stars
      This Instant Pot Loaded Potato Soup was fantastic! It was creamy and cheesy and super delicious! It was awesome to be eating soup in under 30 minutes! Great recipe!

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