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Instant Pot Cheesy Potato Soup with Kielbasa is rich, creamy and loaded with flavor.  This easy pressure cooker soup recipe will warm you right up!

instant pot potato soup with kielbasa cheddar cheese and bacon in white bowl

If you’re looking for a quick and easy Instant Pot soup recipe that’s hearty, delicious and comforting,  you’re going to love this creamy cheesy potato soup! It’s loaded with potatoes, smoked sausage, cheddar cheese, and it’s topped with bacon for extra flavor. You’ll want to add this soup to your list of Instant Pot recipes to try!

It’s been cold and windy lately, so I’ve made this cheesy Instant Pot potato soup with sausage 3 times in the last week. My family absolutely loves it, and my kiddos say it’s one of the best Instant Pot soup recipes ever! Go me!

I used kielbasa in this soup because we had leftovers from Christmas, and I love kielbasa recipes! But you can use your favorite smoked sausage or even ham in this potato soup!

This loaded potato soup is actually very simple, and you only need a few ingredients to make it. And because the kielbasa is already cooked, this soup takes only about 30 minutes tops — including time to pressurize and release!

How do you make potato soup in the pressure cooker?

Start out by cooking some diced onions in a little butter on the saute setting of your Instant Pot. Then, throw in some cut kielbasa slices, and cook until just lightly browned. You could skip this step if you want to make this a dump and start recipe!

saute onions and kielbasa for instant pot potato soup

Next, add chicken broth, seasoning and your chopped potatoes. I found a mix of cubed potatoes and slightly larger ones worked best for the texture I wanted. This way, you get a thicker soup and some texture — know what I mean?

cook instant pot potato soup in pressure cooker

What is the best potato for potato soup?

I personally like Yukon Gold potatoes. You don’t need to peel them, they don’t take long to cook, and they have a rich, buttery taste!

How long do you cook potato soup in the Instant Pot?

This soup takes just 4 minutes to cook in the Instant Pot. Of course, total time is longer, but the actual cooking time is only 4 minutes!

instant pot cheesy potato soup with kielbasa in ladle

After the soup is done, stir in some cream and shredded cheddar cheese. You can mash the potatoes lightly with a masher or a spoon if you want the soup to be thicker, but we liked this cheesy potato soup just like this! And a little extra cheese and bacon on top makes this Instant Pot potato soup even better!

instant-pot-potato-soup with kielbasa and bacon on spoon

Looking for more easy instant pot soup recipes?

Instant Pot Cheesy Potato Soup Recipe

5 from 10 votes

Instant Pot Cheesy Potato Soup

By: Dee
Instant Pot Cheesy Potato Soup with Kielbasa smoked sausage is rich, creamy and loaded with flavor.  This easy pressure cooker soup recipe will warm you right up!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 4 minutes
pressure time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 8


  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • ½ cup diced onion (half of a medium onion)
  • 1 pound kielbasa smoked sausage, sliced
  • 1 32-ounce low-sodium chicken broth
  • 6 Yukon Gold potatoes, cubed
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 3 cups shredded cheddar cheese
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  • Press SAUTE on the Instant Pot, and when it reads Hot, add the butter and onions, and cook until slightly soft, stirring frequently.
  • Add the kielbasa, and cook until lightly browned. Hit Cancel, and stir in chicken broth, and use wooden spoon or spatula to deglaze pot, if necessary
  • Add potatoes, sea salt, garlic powder and pepper. Place lid on Instant Pot, turn vent to Sealing position, and hit PRESSURE COOK for 4 minutes
  • Pot will take several minutes to reach pressure, then start counting down and cook for 4 minutes. When pot beeps, do a gradual quick release to prevent liquid from spraying out of pot
  • When pin drops, remove lid, and stir in cream. Gradually add cheese, and stir well until cheese is melted
  • Serve immediately, and top with crumbled cooked bacon and extra cheese, if desired


This recipe was made in a 6-quart Instant Pot electric pressure cooker. No change is needed if using a larger pot. 
For a thicker soup, you can mash the potatoes slightly after cooking. For extra texture, use a mix of cubed and slightly larger potato pieces.


Serving: 1ounce, Calories: 550kcal, Carbohydrates: 19g, Protein: 22g, Fat: 42g, Saturated Fat: 22g, Cholesterol: 128mg, Sodium: 1087mg, Potassium: 743mg, Fiber: 3g, Vitamin A: 905IU, Vitamin C: 16mg, Calcium: 372mg, Iron: 5.2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
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Instant Pot Cheesy Potato Soup with Kielbasa

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  1. Ray says:

    This is an AMAZING recipe. Simple, VERY tasty, and fast. I didn’t add the salt though, and really didn’t think it needed any. 10 out of 10!! This will be on my Winter soup rotation.5 stars

    1. Dee says:

      I’m so happy you enjoyed the soup! Thanks!

  2. Peggy says:

    This is delicious soup. I used half and half because I didn’t have cream. I also used Andouille sausage. The sausage was too spicy for me but my husband loved it. I will definitely be making this again! Thanks for such an easy, yummy recipe.5 stars

    1. Dee says:

      I’m so glad you enjoyed the recipe! Thanks!

  3. Miz Helen says:

    I finally got an Instant Pot for Christmas, now I must get busy and make some of these wonderful recipes!Hope you are having a great week and thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday.
    Miz Helen5 stars

    1. Dee says:

      That’s awesome, Miz Helen! You’ll love your new IP! 🙂

  4. Catalina says:

    My favorite soup! I should try your recipe! It looks fabulous!5 stars

  5. Allison says:

    We have a rainy, chilly weekend ahead, and this is on the menu. Thanks for sharing!5 stars

  6. Chrissie Baker says:

    Huge hit for my family. Kids ate it all. This was so easy and the best cheesy potato soup I’ve ever had. I will definitely be making it again! Thanks!5 stars

    1. Dee says:

      Awesome! Thank you so much, Chrissie!

  7. Melanie Bauer says:

    Looks absolutely delicious! So much flavor packed into this soup, need to make this!5 stars

    1. Dee says:

      Thank you so much, Melanie. It’s sooo good!

  8. Amanda says:

    This will always be my all time favorite soup!!5 stars

    1. Dee says:

      It’s definitely our new favorite soup!

  9. Sabrina says:

    I love Yukon Gold potatoes too! Can’t wait to dig into my first bowl of this soup! Yum!5 stars

    1. Dee says:

      Thanks, Sabrina. Hope you enjoy it!

  10. Demeter says:

    You are the queen of instant pot recipes! This looks like another winner for a cold day.5 stars

    1. Dee says:

      Thanks, Demeter! This soup is perfect for cold days. 🙂