What’s great about loaded potato soup is that you can add all those leftovers in the fridge to it just to fill it out. So, when I’m making loaded potato soup, I’ll look through my fridge to see what little bits I have left from previous meals that can be added to it. That gives me some idea for what I’m going to add in the soup and how it’s going to come out.
Of course, there are classic ingredients most people want to have in their loaded potato soup. I think most people will add shredded cheese, green onions (scallions), bacon bits or strips of bacon, and perhaps some sour cream on top.
What goes into the soup itself will vary based on what you want to use and what you prefer in your potato soup. Of course, you want to have some potatoes in there, but you may want to fill it out with additional vegetables or you may prefer a thick and creamy milky soup.
There are a lot of variations on loaded potato soup that you can make, and I’m going to show you my method for how to make loaded potato soup Instant Pot method. Feel free to add to this or change it up however you like to suit your tastes and to work with whatever you have on hand at the time.
I prefer making a large soup like this in Instant Pot. And when I do make it using Instant Pot, I like to make a large amount at once so that I have that throughout the week to use. The Instant Pot is great for making something like this because I can put everything in it at once to cook together and I don’t have to worry about watching it often and checking on it to make sure it’s cooking properly.
I know the Instant Pot will control the temperature very well, and I know what to expect when I use the Instant Pot to make soup.
Another advantage to using Instant Pot to make any kind of soup is that you can throw everything in there and forget about it until the pot alerts you that it’s done. That way, you can work on other foods for your meal or just get other things done instead of watching the soup cook.
Loaded Baked Potato Soup Instant Pot
You can make this with baked potatoes if you want, cooking the potatoes ahead of time so that they cook faster in the Instant Pot, but that’s not necessary. It’s up to you whether you want to bake your potatoes ahead of time so that everything cooks a little faster.
This is a good way to make your instant soup much quicker, if you prefer to bake the potatoes ahead of time like the day before. You can save yourself a little time this way, but it’s not necessary.
Loaded Baked Potato Soup Instant Pot
- 7 to 8 medium size potatoes, peeled and sliced into small cubes
- 1 tbsp of butter
- 3 cloves of garlic
- 1 diced onion
- 1 can of cream of chicken soup
- 1 cup of chicken broth
- 1 ½ tsp of salt
- 1 ½ tsp of black pepper
- 1 tbsp of flour
- 1 cup of milk
- 2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese
- Sliced scallions
- Shredded cheddar cheese
- 5 slices of bacon
Tips for Making Loaded Potato Soup
This method of making Instant Pot loaded potato soup can be adjusted to your liking in a number of ways. As I mentioned before, there are measures you can use to make this a vegetarian or vegan soup.
A lot of the ingredients I’ve suggested for this recipe are found in most Instant Pot recipes loaded potato soup includes, but you don’t have to include all of them. Some people like to really spruce up their loaded potato soup with some extra meat.
I’m all for that, and I suggest smoked sausage, ham or even chicken to make your loaded potato soup even heartier.
I usually peel the potatoes before I put them into the potato soup, but you don’t have to. Leaving the skin on can add extra fibre and nutrition to the soup as well as a different texture.
When chopping the potatoes for loaded potato soup, I try to chop them all to about the same size. This ensures even cooking and make sure that every bite of potato is the proper bite size for the soup.
If you want to stick in your potato soup, you can mash up potatoes and mix that in as a natural thickener. That works a lot better than adding cornstarch, which is the most common kitchen thickener, because the added potatoes will not affect the flavour or texture of your soup but will still work to thicken it.
Simply mash up some of the potatoes you already have in your soup to make it come out thicker. This is especially helpful if you are not using any cream soup in your loaded potato soup.