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Instant Pot Potato Soup

Indulge in the richness of this Instant Pot Potato Soup, a creamy blend that captures the essence of a classic baked potato in every spoonful. Garnish it with crispy bacon, fresh chives, and a sprinkle of cheddar cheese for a flavorful slurp in every bowl.

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‘Tis the season for cozy bowls of comfort, and this Instant Pot Potato Soup fits the bill. Rich, creamy, and wonderfully savory, it is reminiscent of a classic baked potato loaded with butter. Top it with bacon, chives, and cheddar cheese, and you’ve got yourself a real winter treat.

Why You’ll Love This Instant Pot Potato Soup Recipe

  • Rich and creamy. The soup features a smooth texture that glides down with a warm and delicious savory taste.
  • Good old-fashioned comfort food. I can’t think of many things more comforting than a hot baked potato slathered in butter. This recipe turns that heartwarming classic into a soup!
  • Versatile. Just like a baked potato, this soup is a great canvas for experimentation. Add extra veggies, mix in a protein, and play with different toppings.
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Potato Soup Ingredients

  • Olive oil: For sautéing the veggies.
  • Veggies: Chopped onion, carrots, and celery.
  • Seasonings: Salt, pepper, garlic powder, and oregano.
  • Russet potatoes: Yukon gold or Idaho potatoes would work as well. Just make sure you choose a starchy spud.
  • Chicken broth: You could use vegetable broth instead.
  • Cream of chicken: Cream of celery or cream of mushroom soup would work just as well.
  • Cornstarch: For the slurry.
  • Water: For the slurry.
  • Toppings: Cooked, crumbled bacon, chopped fresh chives (or green onions), and/or shredded cheddar cheese.

How to Make Instant Pot Potato Soup

  • Sauté the veggies. Set your Instant Pot to sauté mode, heat the olive oil in the Instant Pot, and add the veggies and seasonings. Cook for 5 minutes.
  • Cook. Cancel sauté mode and stir in the potatoes, broth, and cream of chicken soup. Seal the Instant Pot and cook on high for 5 minutes, followed by a natural release for 10 minutes. Release the remaining pressure manually.
  • Thicken. Open the Instant Pot and set it to sauté mode. Whisk together the cornstarch and water, stir it into the soup, and cook until thickened.
  • Season. Taste the soup and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Serve. Serve in bowls with your desired toppings.
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Recipe Tips And Variations

  • Starchy potatoes. Select nice starchy potatoes such as russets, Yukon golds, or Idahos. They will break down as they cook, releasing their starches which will help thicken the soup.
  • Adjust your seasoning. Potatoes have a tendency to absorb quite a bit of salt. So you will want to make sure to taste the soup before you serve it and adjust the seasoning if needed.
  • Make it vegetarian. Swap out the cream of chicken soup for cream of celery or cream of mushroom. Both would be delicious.
  • Potato Soup Toppings: Just like a baked potato, I like adding classic toppings to the soup such as crumbled bacon, fresh chives or green onions, and cheddar cheese. You could even add a dollop of sour cream.
  • Add more veggies. Feel free to bulk up the heartwarming soup with veggies of your choosing. Throw in some sauteed mushrooms or zucchini, corn, broccoli, and/or green beans.
  • Add a protein. You could easily add cooked, crumbled sausage to this soup or shredded chicken or turkey for a little hit of protein.

Serving Suggestions

Potato soup pairs so well with a variety of sides, including a fresh chopped egg, cucumber, tomato salad, or this popular la scala chopped salad. Lavash bread adds a flavorful bite and is great for mopping up the last bits of soup! Sautéed collard greens can add a nutritional boost and a pop of color. Serve these fried apple rings or a light fruit salad for a refreshing and slightly sweet contrast to the creamy soup.

A bowl of Instant Pot potato soup garnished with chopped bacon and shredded cheddar cheese and a spoon is set inside the bowl.

Proper Storage

  • To store. Allow the soup to cool to room temperature before sealing it in an airtight container. You can store it in the fridge for up to 4 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months.
  • To reheat. Reheat the soup over medium heat on the stovetop, stirring occasionally. You can also microwave individual portions in 30-second intervals, stirring between each, until heated through.

Instant Pot Recipes To Try

I love my Instant Pot! It makes life so simple and, wow, does it do soup well. Here are a few of my other favorite soup recipes made for the Instant Pot. Enjoy!

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Instant Pot Potato Soup

Katerina | Diethood
Comfort in a bowl, this easy Instant Pot Potato Soup is thick, creamy, and loaded with the heartwarming, savory flavors of a classic baked potato.
5 from 18 votes
Servings : 6 servings
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small yellow onion, chopped
  • 3 carrots, sliced into rounds
  • 3 ribs celery, sliced into half-moons
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 3 large russet potatoes, cubed
  • cups chicken broth, or vegetable broth
  • 10.5 ounces cream of chicken, or cream of celery soup
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste


  • Sauté the veggies. Set your Instant Pot to sauté mode. Add the olive oil and let it heat up for a minute. Add the chopped onion, carrots, and celery and season with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and dried oregano. Sauté for about 5 minutes, stirring frequently.
  • Load the instant pot. Cancel sauté mode and add the potatoes, broth, and cream of chicken soup to the Instant Pot. Stir everything together.
  • Cook. Seal the Instant Pot and cook on high pressure for 5 minutes. When the cooking time is up, allow the pressure to naturally release for 10 minutes before releasing the remaining pressure manually.
  • Thicken. Open the Instant Pot and set it to sauté mode. In a small bowl, whisk together the cornstarch and water until smooth to make a slurry. Stir the slurry into the soup and allow it to cook for a couple of minutes until thickened.
  • Season. Taste the soup and adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper if needed.
  • Serve. Ladle the soup into bowls and top with crumbled bacon, chopped chives, and shredded cheddar cheese. Serve.


  • Choose Starchy Potatoes: Opt for russets, Yukon golds, or Idahos for their starch content, which helps naturally thicken the soup. You will need about 1-1/2 pounds.
  • Taste and Season: Remember, potatoes absorb salt, so taste and adjust the seasoning as needed before serving.
  • Vegetarian Option: Use cream of celery or mushroom instead of chicken soup for a vegetarian twist.
  • Extra Vegetables: Enhance the soup with your favorite veggies like sautéed mushrooms, zucchini, corn, broccoli, or green beans.
  • Protein Addition: Consider adding cooked sausage, shredded chicken, or turkey for an extra protein boost.


Serving: 1 bowl | Calories: 395 kcal | Carbohydrates: 47 g | Protein: 19 g | Fat: 16 g | Saturated Fat: 7 g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1 g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5 g | Cholesterol: 43 mg | Sodium: 1372 mg | Potassium: 1120 mg | Fiber: 4 g | Sugar: 4 g | Vitamin A: 5624 IU | Vitamin C: 16 mg | Calcium: 206 mg | Iron: 3 mg

Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.

Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: instant pot potato soup, potato soup instant pot, potato soup recipe instant pot
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11 comments on “Instant Pot Potato Soup”

    1. That’s wonderful to hear! It’s one of my favorites, so it’s nice to know when it resonates with others. 😊

  1. Fantastic recipe. I added leftover shredded Turkey for some added protein per your recommendation and it was a perfect football Sunday dinner. Thank you for the many healthy meals you have provided my family.

  2. Instant Pot potato soup has been a game-changer for me on busy days. It’s amazing how quickly and easily this comforting soup comes together in the Instant Pot!

  3. This looks like some crazy good potato soup. I love the extra carrots and celery, and making it in the Instant Pot makes it so much easier.

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