Instant Pot potato soup is a quick and easy way to make your favorite homestyle soup in a fraction of the time! It’s rich, creamy, cheesy, and delicious!
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Since I’ve already professed my love for Olive Garden soups, let’s talk about my affection for Panera soups. I love their chicken and wild rice soup, their chicken noodle soup, and their baked potato soup.
Because, let’s be honest–there is not much in this world that is more comforting than a hearty bowl of hot soup in a bread bowl or with a baguette.
So, naturally, in my quest to make more of our meals at home, I began learning how to make homemade versions of many of my favorite soups. First, I started making stove top or slow cooker versions of these yummy soups.
Later, when I bought my Instant Pot, I began converting many of those recipes to be made in the pressure cooker. It was a lot faster that way, and more hands-off (which is important when you have three little kids running around like I do!).
Potato soup was one soup I hadn’t yet converted…until now.
For years, I made a different potato soup recipe, which we really liked. But more recently, I found this slow cooker potato soup recipe from Julie at Back to My Southern Roots.
Because I love so many of Julie’s recipes, and because her potato soup recipe looked simpler than the one I’d previously been making, I decided to give it a try. Except I decided to tweak it a little and I followed these guidelines to make a slow cooker recipe in the pressure cooker.
Not that making soup in the slow cooker is difficult, but it requires more time (and forethought!). With the Instant Pot, this soup cooked up in minutes, and it is amazing!
The result is a creamy, cheesy homestyle soup that your family will love! Serve it with some crusty bread or yeast rolls for an amazing lunch or dinner!
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How to Make Instant Pot Potato Soup
In the insert pot of your Instant Pot, you’ll add a bag of frozen hash brown potatoes and some chicken broth. You’ll cook that at high pressure for 3 minutes, then allow a 10 minute natural release before performing a quick release of remaining pressure.
Add some cubed cream cheese to the hot broth and stir it around for a few minutes until it’s melted. It will look a little strange and unappetizing at first, but don’t worry. That’s normal.
Once it’s all melted and the other ingredients are added, it will be a lovely, creamy soup.
After the cream cheese is melted, you’ll add in some cream of chicken soup, followed by some shredded cheese. Doesn’t that look so much better already? 🙂
Last, season with salt and pepper and give it a good stir. Ladle it into soup bowls and top with bacon crumbles and more shredded cheese, if desired.
Notes and Adaptations for Instant Pot Potato Soup:
- I use homemade cream of chicken soup, because it really is a cinch to make, it’s full of flavor, and it’s healthier than the canned stuff. You can even make a double batch of the homemade cream of chicken soup and freeze the extra, so you’ll have it on-hand the next time you need it. However, you can also use the canned stuff mixed with water if you prefer (1 can condensed soup + 1 can of water).
- There’s no need to thaw the frozen potatoes first. Just add them as-is to the insert pot!
- You could also scoop out the inside of leftover baked potatoes and use that in lieu of the frozen potatoes.
- When adding the cream cheese, stir it around as it melts. You can use the back of a wooden spoon to mash any remaining lumps so they will melt easier. If you have itty bitty pieces floating around, that’s okay, but you don’t want any big chunks.
- You can freeze leftovers, but the texture will be a little different after reheating. The potatoes break down a bit during the freezing and reheating process, and the soup won’t be quite as smooth and creamy. However, it will still be delicious!
Recipe Adapted from Back to My Southern Roots As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.
Recipe Adapted from Back to My Southern Roots
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