This easy Instant Pot Cheesy Potato Soup is creamy, flavorful, and quick! Russet potatoes and aromatic ingredients come together in a pressure cooker to create a velvety soup you can load with toppings and serve for a weeknight meal.
Making soups in my Instant Pot has quickly become one of the easiest and quickest ways to get dinner on the table. I love whipping together classics like Instant Pot Chicken Noodle Soup, Instant Pot French Onion Soup or even a large batch of Weight Loss Soup when I’m looking for a healthy boost.
Cooking potatoes in a pressure cooker has also been a complete game-changer. I’ve said goodbye to babysitting the stove and, instead, end up with perfectly cooked potatoes every time. It’s why I love this Instant Pot cheesy potato soup so much!
This easy soup recipe is made with russet potatoes, a few classic soup vegetables, and a handful of other aromatic and creamy ingredients. When all is said and done in the Instant Pot, the potatoes are mashed (or blended with an immersion blender) and the soup is thickened with a cornstarch slurry, cream, and shredded cheese.
Your loaded potato soup can be topped with all of your favorite baked potato toppings. I love adding handfuls of crispy bacon, chives, cheese, and sour cream to my bowl but you can’t go wrong, no matter what you choose!
Don’t have an instant pot? I’ve also included a stovetop and slow cooker version of this recipe below.
What kind of potatoes are best in potato soup?
Not all potatoes are created equal! With so many varieties out there, it may be hard to choose the best ones for soup.
For this recipe, you’ll want to choose a potato that has thin skin but is also starchy enough to naturally thicken the soup itself. The best potatoes for this are russet or Yukon Gold potatoes.
Other varieties, like red potatoes, are better when you want the potato to hold its shape in the soup. They contain less starch and will not break down as easily or turn out as creamy when mashed. Instead, save your red potatoes for this german potato salad.
- Russet Potatoes – You can also use Yukon gold potatoes.
- Cheddar Cheese – I love using sharp cheddar cheese. But you can also use pepper jack for a spicy kick, or any other cheese you love.
- Onion & Garlic
- Bone Broth – I love making bone broth in the instant pot. Or, use low-sodium chicken broth.
- Milk & Heavy Cream
- Cornstarch – This is used to help thicken the soup.
- Salt & Pepper
How to make it
Turn the Instant Pot to SAUTE mode and saute the garlic, onion, and celery in butter until they begin to soften. Then add the potatoes and broth.
Seal the lid and pressure cook on MANUAL high pressure for 8 minutes. While it cooks, whisk together the cornstarch and milk to make a thickening slurry.
Do a quick release when the potatoes are finished cooking and set it back on SAUTE mode. Stir in the slurry and remaining milk while you mash the potatoes.
Stir in the cream and cheese to make the soup creamy then serve hot and top with desired toppings.
You could even serve this soup in a similar fashion to my Baked Potato Bar, and have a table spread out with loads of topping ideas.
To make potato soup on the stovetop, saute the soup veggies with butter in a soup pot and then add the potatoes and broth. Bring it up to a boil and let it simmer until the potatoes are fork tender.
Make the milk and cornstarch slurry and then pour it into the soup when it’s time to mash the potatoes. Mix in the cheese and cream, serve with toppings, and enjoy!
Slow cooker directions
To make potato soup in a crockpot, saute the soup veggies on the stove before adding them to the bowl of a slow cooker. Add in the potatoes and broth, then cook on Low for 7 to 8 hours or High for 3 to 4 hours or until the potatoes are fork tender.
Mix in the slurry while you mash the potatoes, then stir in the cheese and cream. Spoon the soup into bowls, add toppings, and enjoy!
The beauty of this potato soup is that the flavors and toppings you can add are endless! Try using these fun soup toppings to make your own customized loaded potato soup:
- Cooked and crumbled bacon
- Crispy Prosciutto
- Leftover diced ham
- Shredded cheese
- Caramelized onions
- Pickled jalapenos
- Sour cream or Greek yogurt
- Crushed potato chips
- Or, check out these 50+ baked potato toppings
How to make ahead & store
Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. Or, store in the freezer for up to 3 months.
More vegetable soups
- Curried Butternut Squash Soup
- Minestrone Soup
- Bean Soup With Pesto
- Potato Leek Soup
- Cold Cucumber Soup
- Red Cabbage Soup
- Tomato Bisque
- Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup
- Instant Pot French Onion Soup
- Instant Pot Bean Soup with Pesto
- Instant Pot Lentil Soup with Sausage & Kale
- Instant Pot Weight Loss Soup
- Look for a wine that tastes rich, bright, and acidic to complement the creamy flavor and texture of the soup. Riesling or Pinot Gris would both be great options
What to serve with it
- Arugula Salad
- Baked Chicken Legs
- Radicchio Salad
- Pretzel Bites
- More → 25+ BEST Sides for Potato Soup
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Instant Pot Cheesy Potato Soup Recipe
- Set Instant Pot to SAUTE and add butter.
- Once melted, add onion and celery and cook until softened, 2-3 minutes. Add garlic and cook 30 seconds longer.
- Add potatoes and chicken broth.
- Place lid on pot and set to seal. Press MANUAL high pressure and cook for 8 minutes. It will take about 15 minutes for the pressure to build, then the countdown timer will begin.
- When time is up, do a quick pressure release and remove the lid.
- In a small bowl whisk together ¼ cup milk and cornstarch to make a slurry.
- Hit CANCEL on the instant pot and then press SAUTE. Add the slurry and the remaining ¾ cup milk and simmer the soup for about 5 minutes, stirring often and smashing the potatoes with the back of a spoon, until thickened, 2-3 minutes.
- Stir in the cheese and heavy cream. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
- Serve with desired toppings.
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This post was originally published in 2021. It was updated in 2023 to add new content. The recipe remains the same. Enjoy!