If you could bottle up comfort food and serve it in a bowl, I’m convinced it would be called Potato Soup. And if you could find a way to make it without it consuming your entire day, then that would be called Instant Pot Baked Potato Soup.
If your family loves soup as much as mine, then you’ll want to check out my entire collection of Instant Pot Soup Recipes too!
Instant Pot Baked Potato Soup
Baked Potato Soup is a bowl of comfort – but time-wise, some weeknights just don’t work bor my original stovetop version. Using the Instant Pot has the potatoes ready in a fraction of the time and everything can be made in the pressure cooker pot, which makes clean up a breeze.
Here, I’ve made the soup with my favorite baked potato toppings – cheese, bacon and green onions – but you can add in any toppings you like. Broccoli and sour cream would also be great!
Pressure Cooker Baked Potato Soup
- 4 baking potatoes
- 1 cup water
- ⅔ cup butter
- ⅔ cup flour
- 6 cups milk
- 1 cup cheddar cheese
- 1 lb. bacon, cooked and crumbled
- 4 green onions, chopped
- Salt and pepper, to taste
Place a steamer basket inside the pressure cooker.
Wash the potatoes well, poke with a fork several times, and add to the steamer basket.
Add water to the pressure cooker pot.
Set cook time to 12 minutes. Let the pressure release naturally.
Remove the potatoes from the pot. Remove the steamer basket and dump the water.
When the potatoes are cool enough to handle, split them in half and scoop out the pulp. Set aside
Hit the saute button. Melt the butter in the pressure cooker pot. Whisk in the flour and cook for a minute.
Gradually add the milk. Cook until bubbly, but don't let it boil. Stir often.
Stir in the potato pulp, cheese, bacon, green onions, and salt and pepper to taste. Heat through, but don't let boil. This may be a good time to remove the pot from the unit as there's no good way to control the temperature and you don't want the milk to approach the boiling stage.
If it's too thick, add a bit more milk.
Serve with extra cheese and bacon.
What soup toppings do you like to use at your house? Cheese seems to be a classic favorite whatever the soup, but I’m just curious what else you prefer? I just may need to add a few more to our repertoire.