Instant Pot Potato Soup Recipe

Prep Time 20 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Servings 4 servings

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Instant Pot Potato Soup is creamy, comforting, and loaded with potatoes and a few veggies just for good measure 😉 It is the ULTIMATE comfort food and my favorite soup!

instant pot potato soup in pressure cooker with a metal ladle pulling up a scoop of soup
Table of Contents
  1. What makes this Potato Soup healthier?
  2. Potato Soup ingredients:
  3. Here are a few ways you can make this Instant Pot Potato Soup your own!
  4. Instant Pot Potato Soup Recipe

It’s no secret that I’m a big soup lover.

Even though I’m not a big veggie eater, I will eat just about anything in soup. The way the flavors blend together just make everything taste amazing!

I have other favorites — Olive Garden Chicken Gnocchi Soup, Chicken Rice Soup, Sausage Tortellini Soup, and this Easy Roasted Tomato Soup Recipe which is perfect for early fall!

But potato soup? It’s my #1.

instant pot potato soup in white bowl with blue rim and shredded cheese and crispy bacon bits on top

And it’s hard for me to say that because I love soup so dang much.

But potatoes are my love language — they’re creamy, and chunky, and hearty, and although they sometimes get a bad rep, they’re healthy and filled with tons of good things, too.

I know some people go all out with their potato soup, adding in cream cheese or a bucket of sour cream or a package of bacon, but I like to keep mine on the healthier side. (because I also like cake and ice cream).

I also love to serve it with a side of these Homemade Breadsticks or a buttery Brioche Bun for dunking!

What makes this Potato Soup healthier?

I add a few veggies for flavor. Because potatoes are the perfect base but don’t give a lot of flavor themselves, the veggies really add something special.

I like to keep my soup simple, with chicken broth, milk, and seasonings, but like to get a little more interesting with my toppings.

This way, you can have your sour cream or bacon or buckets of cheese, but it’s still quite a bit lighter than if you dumped them all right in the soup (and this way, everyone can control their own).

Potato Soup ingredients:

  • Oil: I use canola oil because it has a high smoke point and is hearty-healthy — any cooking oil with a high smoke point will work fine
  • Onion: use whatever onions you have on hand! Sweet onions are great, and red onions have a nice flavor, but any onions will work just fine.
  • Chicken broth: I use low sodium chicken broth in pretty much everything, because that way I can control the amount of salt added and adjust the seasonings to my tastes.
  • Red potatoes: I use red potatoes for this recipe, because I prefer not to peel them. Potato peel is a great source of fibre and peeling potatoes adds more prep time. Russet potatoes also work well in this recipe, peeled or with the skin on.
  • Carrots and celery: Carrots, celery and onion form the basis for many soup recipes! You can definitely add to these, but I wouldn’t omit them unless you absolutely have to. See my tips below on how to make this soup your own!
  • Evaporated milk: I like to use evaporated milk because it’s a little lighter, and I can keep some cans stashed in the cupboard for when I don’t have cream on hand. You can substitute with light or heavy cream (I recommend half and half or higher, 10% to 30% fat).
How to make Instant Pot Potato Soup

  • Saute your onions: starting with sauteed onions, herbs and spices builds a great flavor base for this instant pot soup recipe! If you prefer, you can add your carrots and celery and saute them as well.

  • Add the broth and deglaze the Instant Pot: deglazing essentially means to add liquid to a hot pan to clear the bottom of any stuck on browned bits. When we brown vegetables or meat, some pieces can get stuck on the bottom. No problem! This will add incredible flavor to our soup when we deglaze the pan. Deglazing also ensures that we don’t get a burn message on the Instant Pot.

  • Add the rest of the vegetables and pressure cook: just 3 minutes is all you need for tender vegetables!

  • Stir in the evaporated milk and cream and saute to thicken slightly. If you prefer, you can also puree some of the soup or stir in some sour cream for an even thicker soup.

  • Garnish away. We use cooked, crumbled bacon, shredded cheddar cheese, and chopped chives or green onions for garnish. If you like, you can add extra right into the soup for extra flavor!
  • pressure cooker potato soup overhead in two white bowls with blue rims and two spoons on the side

    Here are a few ways you can make this Instant Pot Potato Soup your own!

    • Add in a few slices of bacon with your onions and cook on saute until crispy.
    • Bump up the seasonings: add in a bit of cayenne pepper or red chili flakes for some heat if you like it that way!
    • Mix up the veggies: I use onion, carrots, celery and potatoes — a classic soup combo! But you can add in sauteed mushrooms, bell peppers, sundried tomatoes, or stir in some fresh green beans or broccoli florets after pressure cooking.
    • Use ¾ cup evaporated milk and add in ¼ cup of sour cream for a rich and tangy flavor
    • Melt 1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese into the soup with the evaporated milk, then top with more cheese for the cheese lovers in your life!
    • Want a thicker soup? You can remove ⅓ to ½ of the soup and puree until smooth, then stir it back into the soup
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    Instant Pot Potato Soup

    4.90 from 69 votes
    This Instant Pot Potato Soup is creamy, comforting, and loaded with chunks of potato and a few veggies just for good measure 😉 It is the ULTIMATE comfort food and my very favorite soup!
    Prep Time 20 mins
    Cook Time 25 mins
    Total Time 45 mins
    Cuisine American
    Course Soup
    Servings 4 servings
    Calories 347cal


    • 1 tablespoon canola oil
    • 1 small onion finely diced
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
    • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
    • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
    • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
    • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
    • 3 cups low sodium chicken broth
    • 2 lbs red potatoes about 6 medium
    • 2 large carrots peeled and sliced
    • 1 rib celery chopped
    • 1 cup evaporated milk (or light cream)
    • 2 tablespoons corn starch
    • cheese, green onions, and bacon for garnish


    • Turn the Instant Pot to saute and add the oil. Add the onions and cook, stirring often, until starting to brown.
    • Add the salt, garlic, parsley, thyme and pepper. Stir and cook one minute. Turn the Instant Pot off, and add the broth, scraping the bottom with a wooden spoon to remove any browned bits.
    • Slice and cut potatoes into 1cm cubes and add to the Instant Pot.
    • Add carrots and celery. Put the lid on, turn the valve to sealing and select Manual, high pressure, for 3 minutes.
    • It will take about 20 minutes total, including the time it takes to build pressure. Once the cook time is over, do a gradual quick release by slowly open the valve to release the pressure. You don’t want to let it all release at once or it could sputter and foam.
    • When the lid is off, turn the Instant Pot to saute. 
    • Whisk together the evaporated milk and corn starch and stir into the soup. Cook and stir until thickened. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve.


    *I’ve updated this recipe to include sauteed diced onions instead of onion powder. If you wish to skip the sauteeing, you can swap the onion for onion powder and throw everything in at one time.

    Nutrition Information

    Calories: 347cal | Carbohydrates: 55g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 19mg | Sodium: 1065mg | Potassium: 1550mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 5315IU | Vitamin C: 25mg | Calcium: 223mg | Iron: 3mg
    Keywords instant pot soup, pressure cooker potato soup, vegetable soup

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    1. AW says

      This soup is delicious! I made it to feed a study group, and it was good to the very last bite. Finally a soup with the spices exactly spot on–we didn’t need to add a thing! I’m already marking this as a favorite.

    2. MaggieMay says

      Super easy. I never sauté the onions or celery and recipes come out fine. So no need to add oil. I didn’t have evaporated milk so I used the low fat milk I had on had. I used less salt because the vegetable bullion I use is salty. I did add extra pepper. I used a potato masher to smash the potatoes a little. Thanks for the recipe. My daughter and I enjoyed a lovely bowl of soup for dinner on a cold night.

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