Instant Pot Potato Soup

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 The Spruce Eats / Leah Maroney

  • Total: 40 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 30 mins
  • Yield: 1 pot (serves 8)

Instant Pot potato soup is creamy, warm, and hearty. It’s the perfect soup for the chilly fall and winter months. From start to finish, it’s all prepared in one pot! This soup will warm you up while keeping your weeknights sane since you’re only 30 minutes away from a delicious and filling meal.

You’ll love this potato soup if you're a fan of loaded baked potatoes. Top the soup with chopped chives, shredded cheddar cheese, crispy bacon bits, and a little sour cream. This soup will easily satisfy your creamy soups cravings, especially if you like broccoli cheddar or potato leek soups.

The bacon bits are even cooked in the same pot and the rendered fat gives the most amazing flavor. Serve this soup in a bread bowl or with a simple side salad. 

Ingredients

  • 6 slices bacon (diced)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 shallots (diced)
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • Salt and pepper (to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 6 large russet potatoes (peeled and diced)
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese (shredded)
  • 2 tablespoons chives (chopped)
  • Garnish: sour cream

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

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  2. Add the bacon to the Instant Pot. Set the setting to sauté. Sauté for 5 to 8 minutes or until the fat has rendered and the bacon is crispy and brown. 

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  3. Remove the bacon from the fat with a slotted spoon. Leave the bacon grease behind in the pot insert.

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  4. Add the butter, olive oil, and shallots to the pot. Continue to sauté for another 3 to 5 minutes or until lightly browned and softened.  

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  5. Add in the garlic, flour, salt and pepper (about a teaspoon of each), and the thyme. Stir and sauté for two minutes. 

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  6. Add the chicken broth to the pot and stir quickly to remove any lumps from the flour. Add in the diced potatoes. Cover the instant pot and set on the Soup/Broth setting for 20 minutes. 

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  7. Release the steam and then remove the lid. Stir the potatoes until they are mostly broken up. Then stir in the milk and heavy cream. Bring the soup to a simmer using the sauté button. 

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  8. Serve in warm bowls immediately with shredded cheddar, chives, and the crispy bacon. 

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Variations

  • Instead of the russet potatoes, you can substitute with Yukon gold potatoes. These provide a beautiful color and flavor to the soup. You just need to use about double the amount of the potatoes since they are typically smaller.
  • You can make this soup vegetarian by leaving out the bacon and substituting the chicken broth with vegetable broth. 

Tips

  • If you want the soup completely creamy you can blend with an immersion blender. Or you can carefully pour the soup into a large blender and blend until smooth. 

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