Instant Pot Potato Soup

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This Instant Pot Potato Soup offers up a great comfort food recipe and makes for easy cooking. The best thing about this recipe is you just add the ingredients and set the all in one cooker or crock pot and go about your day. For this recipe, Angie from Big Bear's Wife shares a recipe for the Instant Pot which is much like a crock pot and you can cook crock pot recipes in it but it also does much more than a crock pot too. For example, you can even make yoghurt in this all in one cooker. The Instant Pot is a pressure cooker, and it can make similar meals as a crock pot, but it cooks in very different ways. Slow cookers and crock pots cook on a very low temperature over a long period of time. While the all in one cooker cooks at a higher temperature so you'll have a much shorter cooking time. An all in one pressure cooker like the Instant Pot makes for easy cooking and can cook up a meal in under one hour whereas the same dish in a crock pot would take four hours or more. So the Instant Pot also saves about 75% electricity. So it's up to you which one you use, but for this recipe, she uses an Instant Pot, so all of the times are specific for that.

You'll first need some good potatoes for your recipe. Angie used Russet Potatoes for their soup, but you can use whichever ones you have on hand or whichever potatoes you prefer. She also saves some time by not peeling the potatoes, and this also keeps some of the valuable nutrients, but you can peel them if you like. The recipe takes a total of 1.5 hours to make, and it makes about 10 cups of soup which will be great for leftovers. Besides the potatoes you'll also need some pepper, mozzarella cheese, bacon bits, milk, cream cheese, onion or onion powder, seasonings, butter, garlic and vegetable broth. Chop up the potatoes into bite-sized pieces and then push the sauteed button on your all in one cooker and add in the garlic and onion to saute for a few minutes. Then push the cancel button and add in the potatoes with the broth and seasonings. Next, put the lid on and seal it up and cook on high pressure for 25 minutes.

Then, allow it to depressurize and open the lid to allow some steam out for a bit. Then, mash the potatoes using a potato masher or a fork and stir in the cheese, milk and bacon bits. Stir all of these ingredients together until the cheese is melted and all of the ingredients are combined. If you find that the soup is looking a bit too much like mashed potatoes, you can add in some more milk if need be to thin it out. Taste the soup and add in more seasonings and salt as needed. If you like, you could also make this recipe vegetarian or dairy-free by using some different vegan milk and cheese alternatives. You could use coconut milk instead of cow's milk and Daiya cheese and Daiya cream cheese for the cheese substitutes. It might not taste the exact same, but you'd have a similar effect. This soup would also taste great with some corn or other vegetables added in for more nutritional value. Try out this great easy cooking recipe and others on the Big Bear's Wife website. There are also some great salad recipes as well as some yummy desserts too.***

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