Instant Pot Creamy Potato Soup


This Instant Pot Creamy Potato Soup is so easy to make and it’s just one of those hearty and comforting dinners. It’s like a loaded baked potato in soup form – especially once you load on all those toppings. It’s so nice to sit down to a big bowl of this homestyle soup after a long day!

Instant Pot Creamy Potato Soup

Instant Pot Potato Soup

You can’t have too many Instant Pot recipes right? Especially Instant Pot soup recipes. And I instantly fell in love with those one after one spoonful!

It’s creamy, it’s rich, it’s cheesy and how could it not be good? It has bacon! This is one of those recipes I’ll use time and time again because my family loves it and I love how simple it is to throw together.

Instant Pot Creamy Potato Soup

How to Make Instant Pot Potato Soup

  • To start you’ll melt a few tablespoons butter in the Instant Pot on the saute setting.
  • Then add in onions and celery and saute briefly, following that add in some chicken broth, potatoes, carrots and season with salt and pepper and cancel that saute setting.
  • Cover and seal then let cook on manual/high pressure for 9 minutes. Then once time is up you’ll let pressure come down for 5 minutes and do a quick release – because we’re hungry right?
  • Then set back pressure cooker to the saute setting once more and next stir in a milk and cornstarch mixture along with some cream cheese (yum!). This will thicken it up and add more flavor.
  • It will simmer for a minute then, and now bring on those delicious toppings! Note that it will thicken even more as it cools, soup will be very hot at this point so I like to let it rest for a little while.

Instant Pot Creamy Potato Soup

A Recipe with Pantry Staples

I love that this soup uses ingredients that I always have on hand (isn’t storing bacon in the freezer a must??). And cheese, don’t we all have a whole drawer in the fridge dedicated to cheese, or maybe that’s just me :).

Spring may be here but it still feels like winter to me so I’m going to have this soup on repeat. I hope you love it!

Instant Pot Creamy Potato Soup

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Instant Pot Creamy Potato Soup

5 from 9 votes

A hearty and easy to make soup that the whole family will love! Once you add on all those tasty toppings it's like a loaded baked potato in soup form. It's rich and creamy and oh so satisfying!

Servings: 6
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes


  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 1 cup chopped yellow onion
  • 1 cup diced celery
  • 2 (14.5 oz.) cans low-sodium chicken broth
  • 6 cups peeled and diced russet potatoes, cut about 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1 cup diced carrots
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk, then more to thin as it rests as desired
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 8 oz. cream cheese, diced into small cubes
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 8 slices bacon, chopped and cooked
  • Chopped green onions or parsley (optional)


  1. Select the "saute" setting on the Instant Pot.

  2. Once it reads "hot" add butter and let melt. 

  3. Add in onions and celery and saute 2 minutes then press "cancel."

  4. Add in potatoes, carrots and broth and season with salt and pepper to taste. Submerge veggies down into broth.

  5. Seal lid on Instant Pot, make sure valve is set to "sealing position," then select "manual" mode and 9 minutes.

  6. Once time is up let pressure come down naturally for 5 minutes then use quick release method to release any remaining pressure.

  7. In a medium bowl whisk a few tablespoons of milk with the cornstarch then add in remaining milk and whisk.

  8. Press "cancel" on Instant Pot then select the "saute" setting. 

  9. Pour milk mixture into soup in Instant Pot along with cream cheese.

  10. Bring mixture to a boil, whisking frequently, and let boil about 1 minute (you can also mash up the potatoes a little if desired). 

  11. Serve warm with cheddar, bacon, and green onions or parsley. Note that soup will thicken as it rests (especially overnight with all those starches, so thin with more milk as desired).

  12. Recipe source: Cooking Classy

Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Creamy Potato Soup
Amount Per Serving
Calories 571 Calories from Fat 333
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 37g 57%
Saturated Fat 19g 95%
Cholesterol 96mg 32%
Sodium 570mg 24%
Potassium 1103mg 32%
Total Carbohydrates 41g 14%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 7g
Protein 19g 38%
Vitamin A 91.3%
Vitamin C 14.9%
Calcium 28.7%
Iron 11.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Instant Pot Potato Soup
Calories: 571 kcal
Author: Jaclyn


  • DENISE LESKO: One of the best creamy potato soup recipes I ever had. Only change I made was to use bacon fat instead of butter. Delicious! February 19, 2019 at 6:32pm Reply

  • Lauren: I don’t have an instapot, can I use a crock pot? February 15, 2019 at 4:03am Reply

  • Jaysha: Super tasty! I tried this recipe because I wanted to use my carrots, celery and potatoes before they went bad. February 10, 2019 at 11:33am Reply

  • Denise: Very tasty and I am not a big potato soup fan. Husband really enjoyed! Only thing I did a little different was to leave out butter. I cut and cooked bacon on sauté setting, removed and cooked onion and celery in the bacon grease.
    Will make this again! February 9, 2019 at 8:17am Reply

  • Julia A Krutilla: The best I’ve ever made and I’ve been trying so many Creamy Potato Soup recipes over the years attempting to find one similar to the one on the original Eat n Park menu a couple decades ago. December 16, 2018 at 10:36am Reply

  • R: Delicious! I sauteed the vegetables in the bacon grease instead of butter, great flavor! November 14, 2018 at 4:56pm Reply

  • Stephanie Massey: Do you have an idea for a substitute for chicken broth? My bf is allergic to chicken. Thank you! November 4, 2018 at 12:24pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Vegetable broth, one with a light yellow color not redish would better for appearance. November 4, 2018 at 6:36pm Reply

  • Tina: Just wondering if it’s 1 cup for 571 cal per sev November 4, 2018 at 8:53am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Sorry I don’t know for sure in cups, I forgot to measure it out. I should list on the Instant Pot insert in cups so I’d base it off that. November 9, 2018 at 3:00pm Reply

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