bowl with instant pot potato soup

Loaded Instant Pot Potato Soup

This Loaded Instant Pot Potato Soup is quick, easy and so hearty!
Course Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 284kcal
Author Nora Rusev


To cook:

  • 4 ounces bacon
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 4 stalks celery diced
  • 2.5 lbs potatoes about 5 cups, peeled and diced (into about 1/2 inch cubes)
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 14.5oz cans chicken broth
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Add after cooking:

  • 1 cup milk
  • 1-2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup sour cream

To serve:

  • shredded cheddar, cooked bacon and chopped chives optional


  • Sauté: Set the instant pot to sauté. Sauté the bacon, then remove a few tablespoons for garnish (leave the rest in the pot). Add butter, onion, celery and garlic and sauté until starting to soften, about 3-4 minutes. Turn off the instant pot and add potatoes, thyme, rosemary, nutmeg, broth, salt and pepper.
  • Pressure cook: Close the lid on your instant pot and set the valve to "sealing". Choose "pressure cook" on high for 5 minutes. Once the cooking time is up, do a natural pressure release for 5 minutes (just unplug your instant pot and leave it alone), then manually release any remaining pressure.
  • Finish the soup: Open the instant pot lid. Set the instant pot to sauté. Whisk the cornstarch into the milk, carefully stir into the soup (try not to break up the potatoes) and simmer until thickened, about 2 minutes. If you want a thicker soup, remove 2-3 cups, blend and stir back into the soup. Stir in sour cream and serve with your favorite toppings.


Serves 6 as a small meal OR 4 as a main.


Calories: 284kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 29mg | Sodium: 717mg | Potassium: 1109mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 375IU | Vitamin C: 33.8mg | Calcium: 152mg | Iron: 6.6mg