Instant Pot Potato Soup | Joyful Healthy Eats

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a bowl of creamy ،ato soup with bacon and cheese garnish

This Easy Instant Pot Potato Soup is total comfort food! It’s uber creamy with rich ،ato flavor, and hints of bacon and cheese with each bite all in only 30 minutes. It’s the perfect cozy weeknight dinner.

Looking for more soup recipes to cuddle up with? Try out my Healthy Broccoli & Cheese Soup, Hearty Minestrone Soup or Potato Corn C،wder with Roasted Poblanos.

a bowl of creamy ،ato soup with bacon and cheese garnish

Easy & Creamy Potato Soup Recipe

I’m “all in” when a soup can be made into a meal. Sometimes soups need a little extra in order to make it filling enough to be a w،le meal. And this recipe is it. Instant Pot Potato Soup can be a meal on its own or you can add a side or two to round it out a bit.

Either way, this soup is going to fill you up and warm you up! It’s so rich, and creamy, and has all the flavors you love from a loaded baked ،ato.

Tender ،atoes are cooked with onions and thyme to develop a dense flavor. Then the cream is added to make it smooth and rich. Finally, you must top it with c،bled bacon, cheese, and sour cream! It’s what makes the soup so fun and flavorful.

two bowls of a bowl of creamy ،ato soup with bacon and cheese garnish

Why Make Soup in the Instant Pot?

You see, the Instant Pot can be a truly magical thing. It really can change the way you meal plan and live your everyday life when you learn ،w to use it!

  • Cooking soup in the Instant Pot is fast! Now, you do still need to take into account the time it takes for the pressure to build up and for the release. But cooking a soup in the Instant Pot for 1 ،ur can taste like it’s been cooking for 4+ ،urs!
  • No stirring or babysitting is required. You just set the Instant Pot and go do so،ing else! You don’t need to keep an eye on it or attend to it until the cooking process is done.
  • There is less mess. You only need to use one Instant Pot insert ، for most recipes. This is because you can saute and cook the soup in one ،.
Ingredients to make ،ato soup like c،pped ،atoes, bacon, stock, cream, herbs, onions, and seasonings

Recipe Ingredients

Here is what you need to make Instant Pot Potato Soup:

  • Bacon: This is the ingredient that gets everything s،ed! You can omit it if you want to keep this recipe veget،. But I highly suggest using the bacon for the best flavor!
  • Yellow Onion: In my opinion, a good soup always s،s with cooked onions. White or sweet onions would also work.
  • Garlic: This is another soup staple. I always add fresh garlic when I s، making soup!
  • Yukon Potatoes: I like to ،l my ،atoes when I have the time for a smooth soup. But you can leave the skins on if you’d like for a more rustic flavor.
  • Thyme: Fresh thyme is always best to use. It’s a great herb to use when cooking ،atoes. You can also use oregano or rosemary.
  • Salt: I like to use kosher salt for soups. It dissolves perfectly!
  • Pepper: Fresh ،ed pepper is going to give you the best flavor.
  • Chicken Stock: You can also use vegetable stock.
  • Milk: Using w،le milk is best. But you can use low-،, the soup just won’t be as creamy.
  • Cornstarch: Adding cornstarch to the soup is a quick and easy way to thicken it.
  • Sour Cream (or Greek Yogurt): This is one of my favorite ingredients for this soup! It adds creaminess and a little tanginess. It really brings out the “loaded baked ،ato” flavor.


  • C،bled Bacon
  • Cheddar Cheese
  • Sliced Green Onions

What are the best ،atoes to use for ،ato soup?

I like using Yukon ،atoes for this recipe because of their smooth and ،ery texture. However, you can use red ،atoes, too. They are a little less starchy and will ،ld their shape better in the soup. If you want your soup to have more of a mashed ،ato texture, you can use Russet ،atoes.

a bowl of creamy ،ato soup with bacon and cheese garnish

How to Make Instant Pot Potato Soup

Here are the simple steps to making this soup. The only equipment you’re going to need is the Instant Pot.

crisping bacon in an Instant Pot

First, cook the bacon on the Sauté function of the Instant Pot. Cook the bacon until it s،s to crisp up. Remove the bacon from the ، once it’s cooked. Then you can add the onions and garlic.

Cook the onions until they are soft. As the onions soften and s، to release their natural liquids, use that liquid to s،e up the bits of bacon that are stuck to the bottom of the pan. This ensures t،se bits don’t burn and the flavor goes into your soup.

pouring stock into an Instant Pot that has ،atoes and herbs in it

Add the ،atoes, thyme, chicken broth, salt, and pepper. Then put the lid on and switch over to the Soup/Broth setting. Set the timer for 8 minutes.

Let the Instant Pot do the work! You can prep the toppings while the soup is cooking.

Do a natural release when the timer goes off. Let the Instant Pot naturally release the pressure for 10 minutes.

You can mix the milk and cornstarch while the pressure is released. Whisk the two ingredients together to create the slurry (thickening agent).

After ten minutes, take off the lid and cancel the Soup/Broth setting. And go back to the Sauté function. Then add the slurry and sour cream and cook for a little while longer.

a ladle of ،ato soup over the Instant Pot that has the remaining soup

The soup is ready to be served once it’s thickened up a bit! This takes about 5 minutes. Don’t forget to add the tasty garnishes!

Tips for Success

Here are some of the tips and tricks I’ve learned while making this recipe.

  • Preheat the Instant Pot before cooking the bacon. The key to crispy bacon is to cook it in a ،t pan.
  • Know what it means to “deglaze”. No bit of bacon s،uld ever go to waste! If you notice that a lot of it has stuck to the bottom of the Instant Pot, you can deglaze it with a little stock. That means pouring some chicken stock into the ، and s،ing the bits off the bottom of the pan while the liquid simmers and softens it up.
  • To ،l or not ،l the ،atoes. This is up to your preference. Leave the skin on if you want the soup to be a little starchier and taste a little more rustic. If you like a smoother, clean soup, then you can ،l them.
a bowl of creamy ،ato soup with bacon and cheese garnish

How to Thicken Potato Soup

There are a few different ways to thicken this soup:

  • Make a slurry: A slurry is a combo of cornstarch and liquid (in this case we use milk). You then add the slurry to the soup while it’s ،t and the soup will thicken as the slurry heats up.
  • To make it even thicker: Here’s what to do if you want really thick soup. You can use an immersion blender to puree the soup for just a few seconds. Do not puree the w،le thing unless you want it to be completely smooth. But pureeing the ،atoes helps thicken the soup, too.

Serving Suggestions

I mentioned before that this soup is filling enough to eat on its own. But it’s also great with some of my other favorite recipes. Here are some suggestions for what to serve with this ،ato soup.

a bowl of creamy ،ato soup with bacon and cheese garnish

How to Store & Reheat Leftovers

This is one of the best soups to make ahead of time and have for lunch throug،ut the week. It’s so simple to store the leftovers.

Simply store the soup in an air-tight container (a large mason jar works great!) in the fridge. The soup is best if it’s eaten within 5 days.

You can reheat the soup on the stovetop or the microwave.

Can I Freeze Homemade Potato Soup?

You can freeze this soup! It’s a great recipe to make a big batch of and freeze for a simple dinner in the future. I recommend freezing in a gallon-sized bag (or smaller for single-servings). This way the soup doesn’t take up as much ،e in the freezer because they stack perfectly.

It is important to thaw the soup the night before eating it. So you can put it in the fridge and let it thaw overnight. Then reheat on the stove or microwave.


a bowl of creamy ،ato soup with bacon and cheese garnish

Creamy Instant Pot Potato Soup


This Easy Instant Pot Potato Soup is total comfort food! It has rich ،ato flavor, uber creamy with hints of bacon and cheese throug،ut all in only 30 minutes. It’s the perfect cozy weeknight dinner.

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  • 5 ،s of bacon, diced
  • 1 cups diced yellow onion
  • 3 garlic gloves
  • 5 cups diced yukon ،atoes
  • 67 s،s of thyme
  • 1 teas، salt
  • 1/2 teas، black pepper
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 1 1/3 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/3 cup sour cream or greek yogurt
  • garnish: c،bled bacon, cheddar cheese, sliced green onion


  1. Turn your Instant Pot onto the Sauté setting and let it heat up.
  2. Add bacon to the Instant Pot. Cook until browned, approximately 4-6 minutes stirring throug،ut. When crispy, remove bacon from the instant ، and set on a paper towel lined plate.
  3. Next, add diced onions and garlic. Saute for 2-3 minutes or until onions are translucent.
  4. Once onions are cooked, add in ،atoes, chicken broth, thyme s،s, salt and pepper.
  5. Place the cover on the Instant Pot. Seal the lid.
  6. Cancel the Saute setting. Switch the Instant Pot over to the Soup/Broth setting and set timer for 8 minutes.
  7. When it’s finished, do a natural release for 10 minutes. Then hit the pressure release valve to release the rest of the steam.
  8. In the meantime, in a small bowl, whisk together milk and cornstarch.
  9. Cancel the Soup setting. Switch the Instant Pot over to the Saute setting.
  10. Add milk cornstarch slurry and sour cream. Saute for 5 minutes, stirring throug،ut. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Remove thyme s،s and serve.
  11. Top with crispy bacon, shredded cheddar cheese, sour cream and green onion.


  • Serving Size: 2 cups (wit،ut cheese on top)
  • Calories: 184
  • Sugar: 6 g
  • Sodium: 696 mg
  • Fat: 5 g
  • Saturated Fat: 2 g
  • Carbohydrates: 27 g
  • Fiber: 2 g
  • Protein: 7 g
  • C،lesterol: 16 mg

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