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Instant Pot Potato Cheese Soup

Really easy homemade Instant Pot potato cheese soup recipe that takes just 10 minutes to cook! One of our favorite pressure cooker soups that is less than $10 to feed all 5 of us and one of our favorite dinners.

instant pot potato cheese soup

This Instant Pot potato cheese soup was first made in the crockpot. When I got this new appliance it was one of the first things I tried in there because I knew it would cook a lot faster! Added to our list of the best Instant Pot recipes. (originally published 2/17, affiliate links present)

Ninja Foodi Potato Cheese Soup

Totally loaded potato soup is a good name for it since we pack it with extras like lots of bacon, diced onions and chives. You can use your Ninja Foodi, Crockpot Express or other brand of pot to make this too.

I have them all and always test in each to make sure there is no difference, there isn’t. If you haven’t cooked under high pressure this will be a real game changer for y’all. Make this one plain or add lots of cheddar cheese like we do and a complete meal is done in under 20 minutes flat.

Let’s start with a few basic tips:

For reference, this is the pressure cooker I have and use for all recipe creations.

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Instant Pot Baked Potato Soup

I know…you can see all the bacon, cheese and chives that make this soup amazing. Another reason we make this pressure cooker soup often is it feeds all 5 of us, now only takes 15 minutes in my Instant Pot. Probably only costs about about $10 total…now that’s a huge win!!

For years and years I made a similar version in my slow cooker. My kids always asked for “cheese soup” but if I didn’t think about it first thing in the morning it wouldn’t get done. Now I can be completely forgetful 😉 and still do it right before we are all hangry.

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Instant Pot Loaded Potato Soup

This is what you’re going to need to make this killer meal;

  1. Potatoes – I like Yukon, they soften well but it is really up to you in the end. Also I like to leave the skins on for added texture and it is more nutritious.
  2. Celery is a good addition but definitely optional.
  3. Chicken broth brings more flavor to the dish than just using water. I have used vegetable broth as well if that is what we have on hand.
  4. Heavy cream will thicken it up like you want it to. Using milk will make it thinner.
  5. Salt and pepper to taste of course. I like to season more at the end.
  6. Garlic powder gives it a richer flavor.

Lots of cheddar cheese or use a mixture of whatever kinds you like best.

shredded cheese

Instant Pot Potato Cheese Soup

Options you could consider adding into or on top when it is done are;

  1. Chives for garnish of course aren’t necessary but gives it a bit of texture and color.
  2. Diced onions are a must no matter what I make but of course again are optional.
  3. Shredded carrot isn’t entirely necessary but for loaded a bit of finely diced are nice.

Bacon bits – optional but yummy, great diced leftover ham recipe too. Here are a few questions you might have before you get going on this:

How do you use the soup on the Instant Pot?

There is a soup button that is helpful if you are just starting out. I personally like to use my own cook time by using the pressure cook button and adjusting the time according to my recipe.

How can I add flavor to potato soup?

Of course seasonings are helpful. I like adding bacon bits and/or leftover ham inside myself. That adds tons of flavor and I hate throwing away food so that solves that issue.

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Ninja Foodi Potato Soup

Looking for easy soup side dishes?

As much as I love using my crockpot, this is my new way because it is SO much quicker.

Granted sometimes when I’m gone all day it’s not an issue to throw Crockpot potato soup with frozen hashbrowns in and let it simmer for 6-8 hours.

But last minute is kinda’ where we are now as a family and it is a good way to ensure we can eat together more regularly.

Looking for more Instant Pot soup recipes?

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Instant Pot potato leek soup is great after the holidays when you have bits of ham leftovers to use up.

Instant Pot potato soup

  • Add all onion, potatoes, celery, salt, carrot, garlic powder and broth to your pot. Add some bacon bits if desired now too. Stir together
  • Put lid on and close steam valve. Press pressure high for 8 minutes.
  • When you hear the beep do a quick release. Careful when opening the lid, it will be hot, and stir.
  • Add 1 1/2 cup of cheese, and heavy cream and stir until cheese has melted. It will thicken more as it sits. 
  • If you want it a bit thicker turn pot to saute. Whisk together 3 tbsp of water or heavy cream together with 1 or 2 tbsp cornstarch until smooth, add into pot, stir, and allow to bubble and thicken more.Serve in a bowl garnished with sour cream, extra cheese, green onions and parsley

Let’s jump to recipe below and get going y’all! Let us know if you added any other goodies on the top when you serve it. What is fun is if you make a soup bar with ALL the toppings available in bowls.

instant pot potato cheese soup

Then let everyone ladle into a bowl and make it really loaded themselves so they get the perfect bites every time.

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Instant Pot Potato Cheese Soup

The best Instant Pot potato cheese soup recipe you can load up with lots of toppings and cooks quickly in your pressure cooker! Great soup you can make year round and full of flavor.
Course Entree, Main Course, Soup
Cuisine American
Keyword cheese, easy, instant pot, potato, pressure cooker, soup
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 5
Calories 490kcal
Author The Typical Mom

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Add all onion, potatoes, celery, salt, carrot, garlic powder and broth to your pot. (add bacon bits if desired now too) Stir together
  • Put lid on and close steam valve. Press pressure high for 8 minutes.
  • When you hear the beep do a quick release.
    Carefully remove the lid and stir.
  • Add 1 1/2 cup of cheese, and heavy cream and stir until cheese has melted. It will thicken more as it sits. 
  • If you want it a bit thicker turn pot to saute. Whisk together 3 tbsp of water or heavy cream together with 1 or 2 tbsp cornstarch until smooth, add into pot, stir, and allow to bubble and thicken more.
    Serve in a bowl garnished with extra cheese and parsley

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Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Potato Cheese Soup
Amount Per Serving (6 oz)
Calories 490 Calories from Fat 279
% Daily Value*
Fat 31g48%
Saturated Fat 18g113%
Cholesterol 104mg35%
Sodium 1840mg80%
Potassium 1439mg41%
Carbohydrates 36g12%
Fiber 6g25%
Protein 18g36%
Vitamin A 1155IU23%
Vitamin C 50.6mg61%
Calcium 377mg38%
Iron 9.2mg51%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Rob

Sunday 31st of October 2021

This is wonderful comfort food and also excellent to serve to guests. I skipped the heavy cream and added whole milk and xanthan gum for thickening. Also substituted shredded breakfast sausage patties for the bacon bits because I had none. Oh, also skipped the salt (for my high blood pressure). This is definitely a 'go-to' soup for me from now on.

Gena

Monday 18th of May 2020

We live close to a farming community. Sadly, they have to many potatoes and are giving them away so they don’t go to waste. (We were able to donate money to our local farmers) So potato soup was a must to use up some of the many that we have. I’m vegetarian so I used “chickenless” chicken stock. Other than that, made exactly as directed. Fried some bacon up for my meat eating hubby. So delicious and easy to make. I will definitely be making this on a regular basis. Thank you for the great recipe! 😋

The Typical Mom

Tuesday 19th of May 2020

Yay!

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