First Time Visiting? Start Here!

Healthy Baked Potato Soup With Instant Pot and Stove Top Options

Shares 140

Healthy Baked Potato Soup is the delicious and clean eating version of a family favorite. Baked Potato Soup is comfort food in a bowl.

baked potato soup

The other night, we got a total steal on a cord of firewood. There is a guy who sells random wooden items near Jack’s school. I know that sounds uber weird, but it’s not like he stands outside of the school like a creeper. His house is down the block and he always has crappy wooden signs selling his wares.

Recently I noticed a sign advertising firewood. The sign was almost entirely in the bushes and you couldn’t read the last two digits of the phone number. It was stellar marketing let me tell you. But it was all worth it when I finally got him on the phone and he told me that he was selling a cord of wood for $100. A cord is easily $150 anywhere else, so we were pretty stoked.

It took Troy three trips in his truck to get all the wood home. With the time change, it gets dark at 5:15 pm up in this neck of the woods. By Troy’s final trip home, I was rocking a headlamp and trying to keep Bennett from picking up every single gross bug from the woodpile. Before we knew where all the time had gone, it was an hour past dinnertime.

Thankfully my belief in dinner prep paid off, and everything for this soup was already chopped and ready to be thrown into the Instant Pot. Before I could finish picking all the splinters out of my hands, the Healthy Baked Potato Soup was done. Finished. Finito. Potatitio?

I’m not sure about you, but baked potato soup is on my top five favorite comfort foods list.  Creamy goodness, bacon, and something hot to warm you up after your evening of lumberjacking. Plaid is the new chevron.

Also, did I mention the bacon?

baked potato soup

But…have you ever seen what goes in baked potato soup? It’s quite the list of heavy ingredients.  I’m not one to shy away from butter, cream, etc., but a traditional baked potato soup recipe is a little much even for me.  This version gives you the exact same delicious flavor, but without so much junky stuff.

Helpful Supplies for Healthy Baked Potato Soup 

Healthy Baked Potato Soup can easily be made vegetarian or even vegan. Sub out the butter for olive oil, the chicken broth for veggie broth or water, and the milk for your favorite non-dairy milk.

Cozy up to a bowl of this soup at the end of the next cold and blustery day. Hauling firewood, splinters, and spiders aren’t required experiences to enjoy Healthy Baked Potato Soup, but the hint of danger definitely adds a flavor boost.

baked potato soup

baked potato soup
Print
5 from 3 votes
Healthy Baked Potato Soup
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
35 mins
Total Time
45 mins
 

Healthy Baked Potato Soup is the delicious and clean eating version of a family favorite. Baked Potato Soup is comfort food in a bowl.

Course: Soup
Servings: 6 people
Author: Sarah
Ingredients
Stovetop Ingredient List
  • 8 Russet potatoes peeled, and cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 1 onion preferably white or yellow, sliced
  • 4 tbsp butter or olive oil
  • 4.5 cups of chicken stock try homemade, it's cheap and delicious!
  • 4 cloves of garlic roughly chopped
  • 1-2 cups of milk
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Instant Pot Ingredient List
  • 8 Russet potatoes peeled, and cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 1 onion preferably white or yellow, sliced
  • 4 tbsp butter or olive oil
  • 3 cups of chicken stock try homemade, it's cheap and delicious!
  • 4 cloves of garlic roughly chopped
  • 1-2 cups of milk
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Toppings: cheese bacon, green onions, etc.
Instructions
Stovetop Instructions
  1. Peel and chop your potatoes.  The smaller you cut them, the faster they will cook.
  2. In a heavy-bottomed saucepan, melt the butter/add the olive oil over medium heat.
  3. Add the potatoes, garlic, and onions, and cook for about 15 minutes, stirring often.
  4. Add the broth, and bring the spuds and onions to a boil, and boil until they have softened further.  If you prefer a thicker soup, reduce the broth by 1/2 cup.

  5. Using an immersion blender, blend the soup to your preferred thickness. I like to leave some chunks of potato in there. Add the milk, salt, and pepper. Stir. Cook down for another 5 ish minutes. 

  6. If you don't have an immersion blender, transfer the soup in batches to a blender. Remove the middle part of the lid and place a towel over it. This will allow some of the steam to escape and won't blow open your lid. If you're using a blender, put the soup back in the pot. Slowly stir in milk until the consistency is to your liking.  Cook down for another 5 ish minutes.  Salt and pepper to taste. If you prefer a thinner soup, blend well, and add more milk.

Instant Pot Instructions
  1. Turn the Instant Pot to Saute. Melt the butter/add the olive oil. Add the onions, and stir for a few minutes. Add the garlic and stir for another minute or two. Press Keep Warm/Off.
  2. Add the potatoes and broth. Secure the lid and set the nozzle to "sealing". Using the manual function set the pressure to high. Set the timer for 6 minutes.
  3. When the time is up, carefully do a manual release. Be patient, it takes up to 10 minutes.

  4. Using an immersion blender, blend the soup to your preferred thickness. I prefer to leave some chunks of potato in there. Add the milk, salt, and pepper. Stir. 

  5. If you don't have an immersion blender, transfer the soup in batches to a blender. Remove the middle part of the lid and place a towel over it. This will allow some of the steam to escape and won't blow open your lid. If you're using a blender, put the soup back in the pot. Slowly stir in milk until the consistency is to your liking.  Cook down for another 5 ish minutes.  Salt and pepper to taste. If you prefer a thinner soup, blend well, and add more milk.

Recipe Notes

This can easily be prepped ahead of time by keeping the chopped potatoes submerged in cold water in the fridge. Simply drain and use.

Top with sliced green onions, shredded cheese, and bacon if desired.  Pair with a green salad, and you have a complete and healthy meal!

Leftover Healthy Baked Potato Soup will thicken up quite a bit. Either enjoy it as is or thin with broth and/or milk when reheating.

Healthy Baked Potato Soup is the delicious and clean eating version of a family favorite. Baked Potato Soup is comfort food in a bowl.
Shares 140

Shop this Post:

(may include affiliate links)

Making this recipe or others?

Post a photo on my Facebook page, share it on Instagram, or save it to Pinterest with the tag #sustainablecooks. I can't wait to see your take on it!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

22 comments on “Healthy Baked Potato Soup With Instant Pot and Stove Top Options”

  1. Will have to try this. I made potato soup over the weekend and the recipe was very heavy in calories. Thank you for the recipe! BTW I got a Dutch oven for Christmas and Love it!

  2. I JUST made this for dinner 2 nights ago. So good! I even fried the potato skins in a little bit of the bacon drippings for a little potato skin chip!

  3. Sounds yummy. I will have to try it!

  4. I love baked potato soup! I haven’t made it in years. I will be making it tonight, thank you! 🙂

  5. Thank you! This recipe sounds “lighter” but still creamy and tasty. I with ya, too on the homemade stock. No comparison to store-bought. I’m lucky enough to have some in my freezer now from chickens I raised myself. No question about how they were fed/medicated/mistreated!

    • Yep, it is lighter; you use the potatoes to build the bulk, and yet it still crazy rich (tasting).

      Loving the homemade stock. It’s practically free! I’m impressed you raise your own chickens for meat!

  6. I wonder if there’s a way this could be done without a blender or immersion blender. Perhaps mash everything through a strainer? I’ve never had soup like that (actually, I dont know how to and have never attempted to make any sort of soup besides canned!), but this one really sounds yummy… definitely bacon.

    • I think if you’d let everything bake down more until very soft, you could mash it up. I’d probably add a bit more milk because the soup will be quite chunky.

  7. Made this last night and it is WONDERFUL! I just used my regular old beater to puree the veggies in the pot, then added finely chopped ham I’m still working on from New Year’s. So easy and so wonderful! With every bite I kept saying “I can’t believe how rich and tasty this is!” Hubby loved it too. Definitely a keeper and I am certainly going to try your crock pot stock idea too. So glad I stumbled on to your blog.

    • Glad to hear it! I love that the “cream” of this soup is actually based on a veggie and not something heavier.

      Crockpot stock is where it’s at.

  8. I made this for a birthday lunch at work today, and several coworkers told me it was the best potato soup they’d ever had! Good recipe, thanks for sharing.

  9. I made your soup and it was AWESOME! My son even took leftovers in his lunch today! I linked your recipe and blog on my blog in hopes of sending more traffic your way!

  10. Try slicing the potatoes in rounds next time and see what you think – I aim for about 3/8″. Yes, I know that sounds ridiculous, but 1/4″ is too thin and 1/2″ is too thick. No need to bust out the calipers, though. I saw it on America’s Test Kitchen, and didn’t believe it, so I tried it. They really do cook super fast & evenly that way. AND, it doesn’t take as long to prepare. 🙂

  11. You just listed this as you meal plan for the week of Nov 16-22 2015, and as I have a huge thing of potatoes that need to be eaten up and some cashew milk that needs to be consumed, I do believe we are having this for supper. Maybe I’ll even go crazy and make some homemade biscuits or something to go with it.

    Thanks for being so awesome!

  12. I’ve mafe this several times for my kids. They love it. My kids call it Mashed Potato Soup. I also add corn after blending the potatoes!

  13. So good. I did the instant pot version. Easy and fast.

  14. I love a good soup on a cold day. This didn’t disappoint!