Imagine making a soup, spending hours over the stove stirring a pot and waiting for flavors to develop…now forget that, because the best healthy instant pot baked potato soup recipe I’m about to share with you takes about 30 minutes start to finish, and is SOOOOO good.
OK, so let me back up a little. I know everyone has been hearing about the Instant Pot lately. It’s all the rage.
I mean, my older sister who barely cooks and could care less about kitchen gadgets spent 40 MINUTES talking to me on the phone about her instant pot.
I rolled my eyes and thought “oh great, another kitchen gadget”
An instant pot is a pressure cooker, but it also saute’s and can be used as a slow cooker and a rice cooker, and a steamer and about a million other things.
So I caved. I bought one.
I wanted to hate it. I went in skeptical, at best.
Could one kitchen gadget really be that amazing?
The answer my friends, a resounding YES.
I made this healthy baked potato soup recipe and had to make it a few times just to make sure it wasn’t beginners luck.
It is SO good.
My husband, who really isn’t a “soup person” had two bowls, and asked for it for lunch again!
The flavors in this baked potato soup are so amazing, they seriously taste like the soup has been cooking all day: newsflash – it took 10 minutes, and no stirring or anything was involved as the soup cooked!
I will admit that I was a little scared of how to use the pressure cooker/instant pot at first. There’s lots of buttons and I didn’t want to mess anything up. But there were test cycles and I felt fine after the first time using it (I did jump when I ran the first ‘venting’ cycle lol).
I’ve seen a few different sizes of Instant Pots out there (at Target specifically)…but the thing is, you want to get one normal sized (6 qts) because you can only fill it up half way sometimes when cooking different things, so you don’t want this small thing that you can’t make soups or stews in, right? I have this 6 qt Instant Pot, it’s truly amazing.
My husband asked me ‘was it really all that different than cooking on a stove top?’ YES is the answer to that. It cooks so fast, and really doesn’t require any attention when it’s cooking.
In this soup, there’s cauliflower in addition to potatoes. When cauliflower is cooked, it adds this beautiful cream texture so you don’t have to add a bunch of milk or heavy cream.
Best thing yet? This healthy instant pot loaded baked potato soup has 223 calories per serving! That’s WITH a piece and a half of bacon crumbled on top!! So the next time you’re in need of a healthy dinner recipe that takes less than 30 minutes to make, this loaded baked potato soup should definitely be top of your list! This can also be made in a Crock Pot/ Slow Cooker - cook on low for 5 hours, then follow the same directions for when the soup is made by mashing/adding the remaining ingredients.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 223
This can also be made in a Crock Pot/ Slow Cooker - cook on low for 5 hours, then follow the same directions for when the soup is made by mashing/adding the remaining ingredients.
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