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Instant Pot Marie Callender’s Potato Cheese Soup

  • Author: 365 Days of Slow and Pressure Cooking
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 4 minutes (plus 10 minute NPR)
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 10 servings 1x


A simple but delicious cheesy potato soup that you can make at home in your Instant Pot! Similar to the recipe for potato cheese soup that you can order at Marie Callender’s.


  • 3 Tbsp butter
  • 2 cups finely diced onions
  • 2 cups finely diced celery
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • 8 cups cubed Russet potatoes (peeled or unpeeled)
  • 2 cups half and half
  • 8 oz sharp cheddar cheese, grated
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Bacon crumbles, optional but tasty


  1. Turn Instant Pot to the saute setting. When the display says HOT add in the butter and swirl it around until it is melted. Add in the onions and celery and saute for about 5 minutes. 
  2. Add in the chicken broth, salt, pepper and parsley. Keep the Instant Pot on saute and let the pot heat up the broth while you prepare the potatoes. You can choose to peel the potatoes or not. Add the cubed potatoes into the pot.
  3. Turn off the saute setting. Cover the Instant pot and secure the lid. Make sure the valve is set to sealing. Set the Soup button (or the manual/pressure cook button) to 4 minutes. When the time is up let the pot sit for 10 minutes and then move the valve to venting. Remove the lid.
  4. Use an immersion blender to blend the soup just until it is chunky and thickened a bit. You’ll have some pureed potatoes and some chunks of potatoes. 
  5. Dip a half cup measuring cup into the soup and slowly whisk a tablespoon at a time into the half and half to temper it. Then add the half and half mixture into the soup. Add in the cheese and stir until melted. Salt and pepper to soup to taste.
  6. Ladle the soup into bowls and serve topped with bacon crumbles, if desired.  


If you don’t have an immersion blender* you can add half of the soup to a blender and pulse a few times. 

  • Category: Soup
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: American