Old Fashioned Potato Soup Recipe

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30 minutes is all it takes to make this old fashioned Instant Pot potato soup! A gluten-free potato soup that is loaded with cheese, tender potatoes, bacon, and top with some green onions! This is the perfect potato soup for a chilly winter day.

Or if you don't have an Instant Pot transform this into a Ninja Foodi potato soup. It works just the same as an instant pot.

Old Fashioned Potato Soup

If you are a fan of the Panera potato soup recipe, you might really enjoy this one. It is very similar in flavor. And you can make it at home without having to get out of your pj's!

Why I Recommend This Cheesy Instant Pot Potato Soup

  • Hearty
  • Filling
  • Delicious and kid approved
  • Great for cold winter days
  • Store leftovers for an easy lunch
  • Dress up with your favorite potato soup toppings
two white bowls with Instant Pot Potato Soup in them, topped with green onions and chopped bacon pieces

Variations To Potato Soup

  • Use mashed potatoes to make potato soup.
  • Reach for frozen hashbrowns or frozen diced potatoes.
  • Consider making sweet potato, potato soup.
  • Make potato soup with instant potatoes.
  • Add ham to make a ham and potato soup.
  • Leave out the bacon if you want a meatless potato soup.
  • Add in corn to make it more of a potato corn chowder.
Instant Pot Potato Soup ingredients in ingredient bowls on white counter

What Do I Need For Country Potato Soup

  • Diced Potatoes
  • Chicken Broth
  • Butter
  • Onions and Garlic
  • Cheese
  • Milk
  • Sour Cream
  • Herbs and Spices
  • Toppings - Bacon, green onions, etc

Supplies We Use to Make Instant Pot Soup

  • Ladle spoon rest | If you tend to grab a plate or saucer to put your spoons or ladles when cooking, or worse yet place them directly on the counter, you really should consider a ladle/spoon rest.
  • Silicone soup ladle for non-stick cookware | This is the best ladle to use with a non-stick inner pot because you don't want to scratch your pan.
  • Nonstick inner pot | We almost always use our non-stick inner pot when cooking in the Instant Pot now. It's an absolute breeze to clean and prevents excess stuck on food.

How to Make Potato Soup

Toss onions in Instant Pot and butter and saute to 3-4 minutes. You want them to become soft. Then once onions are done add in garlic and mix until fragrant.

Turn the saute off, add in spices and herbs along with potatoes. Pour in broth and cook as directed, followed with a natural release of pressure.

Open the lid, and stir in your cornstarch slurry to help thicken then soup. Then you will add in your cheese and such.

If you want a thinner soup mash up the potatoes, or leave chunks for a chunky soup.

How long does Instant Pot potato soup last in the fridge

Your potato soup will store for around 4-5 days in the fridge. If you add the bacon into the soup, you can store it for 3 days. Always use your best judgement.

Instant Pot Potato Soup in white bowl with bacon pieces and green onions on top

Can I freeze potato soup

Due to the dairy in the soup you can't freeze potato soup. It will separate and become extra soft. Now, if you do freeze and want to try, you can. Just know the texture will be very soft and you will need to stir well to incorporate.

If you want to make a soup that freezes well, consider Meatball Beef and Vegetable Soup or our homemade chicken noodle soup.

Yield: 6 servings

Instant Pot Potato Soup

Instant Pot Potato Soup

This easy and tasty old fashioned potato soup is quickly whipped up for a comfort food meal perfect for a weeknight dinner.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


    1. Set your instant pot to sauté mode. Once hot add in your butter (for healthier alternative, cooking spray will suffice.). Add your onion and sauté for 3 to 4 minutes until it begins to soften.
    2. Once your onion has softened, add in your garlic. Sauté for about a minute to release the flavors of the garlic.
    3. Press cancel on your instant pot. Add in your potatoes, thyme, nutmeg, broth, salt and pepper.
    4. Clothes and seal the lid on your instant pot. Close the valve. Select pressure cook on high for 4 minutes. Once the time is done cooking, naturally release 45 minutes, then do a manual release by opening the valve.
    5. Press cancel on your instant pot, then sauté mode. In a separate bowl mix together your milk and corn starch. Once completely mixed together, add to your instant pot. Carefully stir the corn starch mixture making sure not to mash any potatoes to keep it second chunky. Allow it to sauté for about three minutes to thicken up.
    6. Mix your sour cream. Once fully incorporated, press cancel on your instant pot.
    7. Serve your potato soup with fun toppings such as bacon, cheese, and green onions! Enjoy


Store leftovers in the refrigerator for a couple days in ready to go containers for a quick lunch.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 275Total Fat 9gSaturated Fat 5gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 29mgSodium 758mgCarbohydrates 41gFiber 4gSugar 4gProtein 9g

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  • Jessica McCoy

    Jessica McCoy is a seasoned food blogger with 14+ years of experience in the industry. As a self-taught home cook, she enjoys creating and finetuning easy recipes that are fool proof and simple for anyone to make. Her expertise is in all things kitchen: cooking tips, air fryer recipes, Instant Pot and other pressure cooking recipes, and slow cooker recipes. Jessica was the previous owner of AllSheCooks, where she focused on easy every day recipes including budget friendly dinner recipes and desserts.

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