Instant Pot Potato Soup {Super Easy!}

This Instant Pot Potato Soup recipe is easy and comforting! Tender chunks of potatoes in a creamy broth flavored with smoky bacon and sweet onion.

Instant Pot potato soup being served with bacon, green onions, and cheese.

We love serving this homemade creamy potato soup next to some garlic bread or dinner rolls and a delicious caesar salad for the perfect meal!

What Potatoes to Use

Russets a great choice for soups as they are nice and starchy to create just the right consistency.

Yukon gold or even red potatoes will work in this recipe too.

Potato soup being simmered in an Instant Pot.

How to Make Instant Pot Potato Soup

The flavors of this soup aren’t so different from baked potato soup, but the cooking method is.

  1. Crisp the bacon (right in the Instant Pot) and then cook the onion in a bit of the fat.
  2. Add broth and scrape any bits from the bottom of the IP (so you don’t get a burn notice).
  3. Add potatoes and let the IP work it’s magic.
  4. Once the soup is cooked, smash a few of the potatoes, add a bit of cream/milk and thicken with cornstarch.

Voila! Dinner’s ready! Top it with bacon, cheese, onions… whatever you like!

Instant pot potato soup being garnished with green onions and cheddar.

What to Serve With Potato Soup

Potato soup is a full comforting meal on its own!

This soup is so incredibly rich, flavorful and filling, you definitely need something light and crisp, like a tossed salad with aa tangy Italian vinaigrette.


Keep in the refrigerator up to 5 days. Reheat in the microwave or on the stove top. Sadly, this soup doesn’t freeze well.

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Instant Pot Potato Soup

Cook Time 20 minutes

Pressure to Build 18 minutes

Total Time 58 minutes

This easy Instant Pot potato soup is loaded with bacon, cheese, and other delicious ingredients to make a creamy, delicious, and fast soup!

  • 6
  • 1
    yellow onion
  • 2
  • 2
    leaves removed from stem
  • 1
    black pepper
  • 2
    russet potatoes
    peeled and 1/2 inch diced
  • 4
    chicken stock
  • 1-1/2
    half and half
  • 2
    whole milk
  • 2
  • 1
    cheddar cheese
  • 3
    green onions
    green tops thinly sliced

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  1. Turn a 6QT Instant Pot onto the saute setting. Add bacon and cook until crispy. Remove bacon leaving the drippings in the pot.

  2. Add onion, garlic, thyme, and black pepper. Stir and saute for 5 minutes to soften the onions.

  3. Add chicken stock and scrape any brown bits from the bottom of the Instant Pot (this will avoid a burn notice). Add the potatoes to the pot.

  4. Place the lid on the Instant Pot and set to high pressure for 8 minutes. When the timer goes off turn the steam valve to quick release. Remove the lid and stir the soup.

  5. Pour in 1 cup of the half and half and stir to combine.

  6. In a small bowl whisk together cold milk and cornstarch. Pour into the soup pot and stir to combine.

  7. Set the Instant Pot to the saute setting and cook the soup until it starts to thicken.

  8. If the soup is thicker than you like add the reserved 1/2 cup half and half. Some of the potatoes can be slightly mashed for a thicker consistency.

  9. Stir in the shredded cheese and serve topped with crispy bacon and sliced green onions.

Half and half can be replaced with milk however the soup will not be quite as creamy.
Option: Stir in 1 cup sharp cheddar before serving (do not boil cheese, it may separate).
Nutrition Information
Calories: 393, Fat: 20g, Saturated Fat: 9g, Cholesterol: 47mg, Sodium: 511mg, Potassium: 927mg, Carbohydrates: 39g, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 4g, Protein: 16g, Vitamin A: 336%, Vitamin C: 12%, Calcium: 196%, Iron: 2%

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)


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Potato Soup being ladled out of an Instant Pot.
Left photo shows the potato soup in a instant pot. Top right photo shows the potatoes being mashed in an instant pot. Bottom right photo shows cream, cheddar and green onions added to the soup.
Top photo shows potato soup in an instant pot. Bottom photo shows cream, cheddar and green onions added to the soup.

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