Savory Pin: Instant Pot Potato Soup

Snow Day!  Snow Day!  Who doesn’t love a snow day?!?  I’ll be honest, this is one of the big perks of being a teacher in the northeast.  I’m sure I’ll be regretting my snow dance in June, but I’m loving today!

It may surprise you to know that there are a few rules a snow day.  Please abide by the following…

  1. Stay in your jammies –  Don’t get dressed.  Just don’t do it!

  2. Do a “do nothing” activity – Don’t even think of cleaning or laundry.  Today is a gift.  Read a great book!  Watch a fun movie (or two or three)!  Take a nap!  Watch the Price Is Right (it’s really a sin not to on a snow day)!  Sit in front of a crackling fire!  Take the time to relax.  The adult stuff can wait.

  3. Play in the snow – No brainer right?!?  Make that snow fort. Build that snowman. Walk in those woods.  Just get outside!

  4. Eat comfort foods – This is a must!   Gooey cake, grilled cheese sandwiches, hot-from-the-oven cookies, and/or soup are staples for a snow day.

To help you enjoy your much welcomed time off, I will share my favorite recipe for a snow day lunch courtesy of Living  via Pinterest.  This recipe calls for either a pressure cooker or a slow cooker.  I used my fabulous Instant Pot (more on that later)!


Instant Pot Potato Soup


  • 5 pound bag of potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 3 TBSP minced onion
  • 5-6 Cups chicken broth (enough to cover the potatoes)
  • 4 TBSP butter
  • ⅓ Cup softened cream cheese
  • ⅓ Cup sour cream
  • 2 Cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • milk (depending on how thin you want your soup)
  • bacon slices, cooked and crumbled
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 green onion chopped (optional for garnish)


  1. Peel and cube the potatoes.
  2. Place them in the pressure cooker along with the minced onion.  Cover with chicken broth.  Secure the lid on the Instant Pot and cook on manual for 10 minutes.
  3. Secure the lid on the Instant Pot and cook on manual for 10 minutes.
  4. Once the timer goes off and the pressure is released, remove the lid.  Mash the potatoes to a desired consistency.
  5. Add the butter, cream cheese, sour cream, cheddar cheese, and salt and pepper to the potatoes.  Mix together until well blended.
  6. Add milk to thin the soup.
  7. Serve with bacon crumbles and a bit of green onion.

Please note:  Slow-cooker users – cook on low for 5-6 hours.

I made a few variations mostly due to ingredients I had on hand.  I halved the recipe and found I only needed a splash of milk.  I used skim, but whole would probably make this soup even yummier.


Hope you enjoy your soup and follow my snow day rules on your next snow day.  The laundry can wait!


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