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Instant Pot Potato Leek Soup

Instant Pot Potato Leek Soup recipe is here. Creamy and cheap pressure cooker soup with vegetables. Make vegetarian or with bacon too. You can make this potato soup in Ninja Foodi or Crockpot Express too.

Instant Pot Potato Leek Soup

Is it getting warmer but you still love soup for dinner? Try Instant Pot potato leek soup this week. Using fresh produce for a light dinner, even your kids will love the flavors in this baby. Just one of many Instant Pot recipes for beginners we have shared on our site throughout the years. (affiliate links present)

Ninja Foodi Potato Leek Soup

We aren’t sworn to just one brand. You can use any pressure cooker you might have on your counter. I mean we have them all, from a Mealthy to Crockpot Express and we make a bunch of easy Ninja Foodi recipes too. As long as it has the high pressure function you are set to make this.

There are a ton of ways you can tweak this one too. If you love diced bacon in everything (hand raised) you could throw some of that in there too. Want to keep it a healthy vegetarian soup? Leave that out. You can use any type of potato also though Russets are probably the best as far as texture goes.

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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Homemade Potato Leek Soup

Not familiar with this chive looking veggie? I wasn’t either until a while ago. Not sure if you would like this flavor? Let’s talk about all the things for a minute then shall we.

Does a leek taste like an onion?

A little bit, but sweeter. It is in the same family as those, garlic and shallots so it is kinda’ a cross between all of them. Cooked the flavor will dull and change a bit though so don’t rely on your thoughts when they’re eaten raw.

What part of the leek do you eat?

Just the bottom is eaten really. Think of it as a stalk of celery. The top is the greenest at the end whereas the ends are white.
You will cut off and discard the top 3/4 of the stalks really. The white and light green or yellow colors at the bottom are what you want to dice up and use in your recipes.

I do compare them to onions because eaten raw they are strong, crunchy, and usually not a favorite choice. Added into IP or Ninja Foodi soups though they will soften and become a lighter flavor that will just compliment the other ingredients.

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Potato Leek Soup with Bacon

If you did want to add some meat into the mix you would want to start with the saute function. Dice it up into small bite size pieces, add a bit of olive oil and cook down. You will want it to cook the meat but not get crunchy. Turn the pot off and this is how to deglaze once it’s browned.

Then you can continue on with the first steps listed below. After the holidays this is one of our favorite leftover ham recipe ideas we make as well.

Potato Leek Vegetarian Soup

If you leave it out because you want it meatless you can certainly add other choices. Potato leek soup celery is great as well and another inexpensive ingredient that adds more flavor and a bit of texture into the mix too. 1 cup is about right if you want to add that as well. Choose those that are pretty tender for best results, like frozen broccoli.

InstaPot Potato Leek Soup

Potato Leek Soup Instant Pot

When it comes to the liquid yes you could use water instead of broth. Vegetable broth works as well if you want a vegan version.

Can I use chicken broth in potato leek soup?

That is what I recommend. It is an easy way to add a lot of flavor but even bone broth would even be a good choice. It is really up to you and your tastebuds as to which you prefer.

Now let’s talk potatoes. There are so many options out there and why would you choose one over the other right? Well the biggest differences are the texture and how starchy each version is.

  • If you want something creamy like this a Russet or Yukon would be best. Red are firmer and take longer to get super tender.

Yes leaving the skins on would be healthier but won’t get you the smooth soup that you’re picturing so I would peel all of them at the beginning. The smaller your pieces are the faster they will cook too.

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InstaPot Potato Leek Soup

First you want to prep your veggies of course. Start to finish this is going to take you about 15 minutes to cook so keep that in mind in the planning process. If you want to serve our pull apart bread with biscuits you should pop that in at the very beginning. Then everything will be done together.

  • Start off by cutting and discarding the bottom dark green parts of the leeks.
    • Slice the remaining parts lengthwise then cut into small pieces. 
    • Rinse them in a large bowl of water to remove any dirt. 
    • Peel potatoes and cube into 1.5×1.5″ pieces
  • Turn your Instant Pot to saute.  Add the butter and chopped leeks. Add the garlic and diced onions. 
    • Continue to saute until softened. Turn off the saute function. 
    • If you’re adding bacon you would do so with the butter to cook.
  • Add the potatoes, broth, and herbes de provence. If you love a bay leaf, throw that in now.
    • Cook on high pressure for 8 minutes.  Once cooking time is complete, let the pressure release naturally.
  • Open the lid, add heavy cream, then blend together using an immersion blender. Garnish with chopped chives if desired.

I like to season with salt and pepper at the very end. Everyone likes less or more and you cannot take away too much so it’s easier to let everyone season on their own. Total comfort food y’all.

Ninja Foodi Potato Leek Soup

Leeks and potatoes make the perfect warm mix of goodness on a cold evening. Heck we make this all year long especially when it’s hot and I don’t want to turn on the oven or stovetop at home.

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Instant Pot Potato Leek Soup

Instant Pot Potato Leek Soup recipe is here. Creamy and cheap pressure cooker soup with vegetables. Make vegetarian or with bacon too.
Course Appetizer, Side Dish, Soup
Cuisine American
Keyword crockpot express, instant pot, leek, ninja foodi, potato, pressure cooker, soup
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 155kcal
Author The Typical Mom

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Ingredients

Instructions

  • Cut and discard the bottom dark green parts of the leeks. Slice the remaining parts lengthwise then cut into small pieces.  Rinse them in a large bowl of water to remove any dirt. 
  • Turn the Instant Pot to saute.  Add the butter and chopped leeks. Add the chopped onion and minced garlic. Continue to saute until softened. Turn off the saute function. 
  • Add the potatoes, broth, and herbes de provence. Cook on high pressure for 8 minutes.  Once cooking time is complete, let the pressure release naturally.
  • Open the lid, add heavy cream, then blend together using an immersion blender. Garnish with chopped chives if desired.

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Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Potato Leek Soup
Amount Per Serving (2 oz)
Calories 155 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 43mg14%
Sodium 365mg16%
Potassium 117mg3%
Carbohydrates 7g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 1093IU22%
Vitamin C 5mg6%
Calcium 50mg5%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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