Skip to Content

Loaded Baked Potato Soup Recipe (Instant Pot)

This Loaded Baked Potato Soup recipe made me say, “Wow, this DOES taste like a baked potato!” Make this soup in the Instant Pot for one of the EASIEST one-pot dinners ever.

Loaded Baked Potato Soup

Instant Pot Baked Potato Soup

This is a great beginner Instant Pot recipe because it’s all in one pot and there’s really minimal work involved. You can get this on the table in about 30, even 20 minutes if you’re quick in the kitchen!

In my opinion, Baked Potato soup should be more than just potatoes swimming in milk.

The ingredient that gives this recipe that true “baked potato” flavor is the sour cream. Don’t skimp on it! Make sure to try and use the full-fat kind.

How to make Loaded Baked Potato Soup

  • To make this Instant Pot loaded baked potato soup recipe, start by first sauteing your bacon in the Instant Pot on high saute.
Ingredients for Loaded Baked Potato Soup
Ingredients for Loaded Baked Potato Soup

TIP: Freeze your bacon for about 20 minutes before you slice it into lardons! It’ll slice incredibly easily. I use the same technique for my Zuppa Toscana Soup.

  • Once the bacon crisps up, take it out of the pot with a slotted spoon, leaving the grease.
  • Add 5 cups of peeled and sliced potatoes, dried onion flakes (or saute some minced onion with the bacon if you use fresh), garlic, salt, pepper, and chicken broth.
Toppings for Baked potato soup

I like using water with Better than Bouillon best. It’s a concentrated paste that I use to bump up the flavor in basically every soup or sauce I make.

  • All of this cooks for only 3 minutes with a quick release! Open the lid, smash the potatoes a bit, and add the milk, cream, and cheese. That’s it! Top it with the bacon bits, more cheese, sour cream, and green onions.

How do you make potato soup thicker?

Toppings for Baked potato soup

This loaded baked potato soup recipe is already perfectly thick, but it’ll depend on how much you smash your potatoes after cooking. If you like the soup a bit thinner with bigger chunks of potato, don’t smash as much.

If you like a super thick soup, add an extra potato or two’s worth to the pot with the potatoes called for and smash it up a little more after cooking.

If you like potatoes, you will definitely enjoy Instant Pot Salt Potatoes, Instant Pot Baked Potatoes, Twice Baked Potato Casserole and my Instant Pot Colcannon Recipe!

How do you thicken potato soup with instant potatoes?

After you finish cooking your loaded baked potato soup and you decide you want it thicker, you can also stir in some dried instant mashed potato flakes to thicken it up. Just sprinkle in 1/4 cup at a time and stir thoroughly until you get the texture desired.

Loaded Baked Potato Soup

This’ll be a family favorite for sure!

Instant Pot Soup Recipes

Don’t forget to try some of my other insanely delicious, easy, popular soup recipes! Seriously, don’t go another week without making the Chicken Noodle Soup!

Don’t Forget to Pin this Post!

Loaded Baked Potato Soup | Baked Potato Soup | Instant Pot Easy | Easy Instant Pot | Instant Pot Soup Recipe
Loaded Baked Potato Soup

Loaded Baked Potato Soup

Yield: 4-5 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 18 minutes

This Loaded Baked Potato Soup recipe made me say, "Wow, this DOES taste like a baked potato!" Make this soup in the Instant Pot for one of the EASIEST one-pot dinners ever.


  • 3-5 pieces thick cut bacon, sliced
  • 5 c. peeled and diced potatoes (about 5 small russets diced into dice-sized pieces)
  • 2 Tablespoons dried onion flakes
  • 1 Tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 2 Cups Chicken broth
  • 1 Cup Milk (2% or Whole is best)
  • 1 Cup Heavy Cream
  • 1 Cup Sour Cream (full fat is best 😉 )
  • 1 C. Medium or Sharp Cheddar Cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon Pepper
  • Sliced Green Onion, Sour Cream, Cheddar Cheese, and/or Chives to top.


  1. Preheat the Instant Pot on HIGH saute. Add the bacon pieces and let cook until crispy, about 5-8 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside. There should be about 1/4 c. of bacon grease left in the pot. Remove any excess.
  2. To the bacon grease, add diced potatoes, chicken broth, onion, garlic, salt, and pepper. Using a wooden spoon or flat whisk, scrape the bottom of the pot to remove all the browned pieces off the bottom. Turn off Saute Mode.
  3. Lock the lid and turn the sealing knob to SEALING.
  4. Pressure cook on manual high pressure for 3 minutes. One pressure cooking has completed, turn the sealing knob to venting for a quick pressure release. If any liquid starts spurting out, close the knob and continue by releasing the pressure in short bursts.
  5. Open the lid and smash the potatoes about 5-8 times with a potato masher. Add the milk, cream, sour cream, and one cup of cheese. Stir completely.
  6. Enjoy by topping each bowl with the reserved crispy bacon, extra cheese, sour cream, and chives or green onions.


If you do not have a potato masher, use the beater from your hand mixer. Or, remove 2 cups of the potatoes after pressure cooking into a separate bowl and smash with a fork before returning them to the pot to thicken.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 5 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 718Total Fat: 49gSaturated Fat: 28gTrans Fat: 2gUnsaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 151mgSodium: 1395mgCarbohydrates: 45gNet Carbohydrates: 0gFiber: 4gSugar: 6gSugar Alcohols: 0gProtein: 26g

Did you make this recipe?

Tag me @tried_tested_true on Instagram!


Tuesday 11th of January 2022

Can I use red skin potatoes for this recipe

Lisa Childs

Monday 7th of March 2022


Brian heiser

Tuesday 2nd of November 2021

This soup is simple delicious. Looking to make double batch. Would cook time be the same? Or does it need to go a little longer do to extra potatoes?thanks

Lisa Childs

Monday 7th of March 2022

I'd maybe add 2-5 minutes for a double batch! Just make sure your potatoes are cut the same size throughout!


Tuesday 29th of December 2020

I'm an Instant Pot newbie. Did the water test, then made a cup of rice just to try it out. This was my first real recipe to try. Full disclosure, I am not sure I'm going to love the Instant Pot, but wanted to try it. I have a few questions about this particular recipe. I should tell you that I have a crockpot loaded baked potato soup that we love. It's thick and delicious. To me, this soup had great flavor but was definitely a much runnier consistency than what I'm used to. How do I keep it hot? According to the directions, after you lift the lid, mash all the potatoes, you add the cold ingredients. The soup was lukewarm, and by the end of my bowl, it was actually cold. Do you turn it back to saute to heat while you incorporate the cold ingredients? With a new appliance, it just never occurred to me to do anything but follow the recipe! Is there a place to find more helpful directions in general for the Instant Pot than what comes with it in the box? I had to watch your videos to leanr more. They've been helpful so far, so thanks!

Lisa Childs

Friday 20th of August 2021

Hi Allayne! If you prefer a thicker soup, you'll want to add more potatoes to the recipe. You could also take a shortcut and add mashed potato flakes to the soup to thicken. I find this soup to be pretty thick if you use full fat sour cream, whipping cream, and cheese. You could also use less milk or broth to make it thicker, or mash more of the potatoes. If you remove the lid after pressure cooking, the Instant Pot should stay on Keep Warm mode (unless you have manually turned it off yourself) which keeps it at a servable temperature for me. If you'd like to warm up your soup more, then yes, please press the Saute button and you can warm it further. If you have already watched all my videos on Youtube, you may find the Instant Pot Community on Facebook or the Instant Pot Website to be a good resource. Hope that helps!

Linda Teders

Sunday 13th of December 2020

Hi, how much weigh the slices of bacon? For here in the Netherlands, that isn't a regular thing. We have bacon in lardons though, so that's what I'll be using. I'm just not sure how much (appox)

Lisa Childs

Friday 18th of December 2020

Hi Linda! From what I have found, it's about 1/2 cup of bacon or 115 grams. just a small handful!


Tuesday 13th of October 2020

This soup was amazing! I had a bad experience with an instant pot baked potato soup so I was hesitant to try but I made it exactly as written and it was perfect, thank you!

Lisa Childs

Monday 19th of October 2020

Yay! Thanks, Kayla! SO glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for taking the time to comment :) - Lisa

Skip to Recipe