Instant Pot Cheesy Potato Sausage Soup

Cheesy Potato Sausage Soup – Instant Pot or Stove-top

Cheesy Potato & Sausage Soup. OMG Soooo Good! Make it thick or thinner if you'd like, add more or less cheese. Try it with Ham!!

Oh, but I do love me some soup. Especially in the fall. And since I had some sausage left after making Smoked Sausage and White Bean Soup in the Instant Pot the other day, I thought I’d make more soup, but take it in another direction.

Instant Pot Cheesy Potato Sausage Soup
Instant Pot Cheesy Potato Sausage Soup

It seems like when I was growing up we had Sausage and Potato Soup (yeah, it’s a German thing. If you grew up in my area of the state, you just “knew” how to make it. It’s genetic. :)) Or we had Potato Soup. Or Cheese Soup . But what we didn’t have was Cheesy Potato and Sausage Soup.

I love how there’s a bit of no-holds barred attitude towards cooking these days. Put it in the pot. Everything, yep. And then add cheese! And then, why not, a little more cheese. 🙂 I’m a little conflicted about cheese – cheese & I have a love/hate relationship. How about you? But it is oh so good in this! Happy dance good!

Instant Pot Cheesy Potato Sausage Soup
Instant Pot Cheesy Potato Sausage Soup

I made this soup today in the Instant Pot (but you can totally cook it on the stove, see notes in recipe) and it turned out so perfectly. I learned awhile back, though, that potatoes can just about dissolve in the bottom of the Instant Pot, and I wanted them chunky.

Simple solution? Put everything in the Instant Pot but cook the potatoes on top in a steamer basket. When potatoes are done, remove most of them and thicken the soup with the slurry, dairy and cheese. The few potatoes in the bottom of the pot will break down a bit, then you’ll add the rest of potatoes back in. Easy peasy.

Most of the ingredients for Cheesy Sausage & Potato Soup are kitchen staples. I like to pick up the sausage & cheeses on sale & in to the freezer they go. It pays to look for sales priced potatoes – just store them in a cool, dark place away from the onions. Mine usually go in a paper bag near my kitchen door.

Instant Pot Cheesy Potato Sausage Soup
Instant Pot Cheesy Potato Sausage Soup

Instant Pot Cheesy Potato Sausage Soup

  • Servings: 8
  • Difficulty: easy
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Note: Don’t boil this soup after adding dairy; the cream cheese and cornstarch help keep it creamy but any cheese soup can curdle and/or turn grainy with too much heat. Reheat leftovers gently. When reheating the soup may need to be thinned with broth, milk or water.

  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon dried marjoram
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • pinch red pepper flakes or 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 7 to 14 ounces smoked sausage, cut on the diagonal about 3/8ths inch thick
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 3 stalks celery, diced
  • 4 medium carrots, diced
  • 1 14 ounce can chicken broth, plus possibly more to thin the soup
  • 6 cups russet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch dice, about 2 1/4 pounds, around 4 to 5 medium
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 3 ounces cream cheese, cut into small cubes
  • 2 cups half and half
  • 1 to 1 1/2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese

In a small bowl, mix together salt, marjoram, pepper, paprika & red pepper or cayenne. Set aside and reserve.

Select Saute and add oil to the inner liner. When butter is melted, add sausage slices and cook until lightly browned, two or three minutes. Remove from pan and set aside. Add onion and cook, stirring occasionally until the onion is tender, about 5 minutes. Add carrots and celery and chicken broth, scraping up any browned bits with plastic spatula. Return sausage to pan.

Add steamer basket to the pot, right on top of the sausage and vegetables. Add the diced potatoes in several layers, sprinkling with the spice mix over each layer, using all the mixture. Lock lid in place, select High Pressure and 4 minutes cook time. (Mine took about 6 minutes to come up to pressure.) When timer beeps, turn off pressure cooker, wait 5 minutes, then do a quick pressure release.

Carefully remove the basket with the potatoes from the pressure cooking pot. It’s just fine if several fall in the pot; return about a cup and a half of the potatoes to the pot. Set pot to Saute.

In a small bowl, dissolve cornstarch in 2 tablespoons water. Add cornstarch mixture to the pot stirring constantly until thickened and the potatoes break down. Add cubed cream cheese and stir until dissolved; if there are chunks, press against the side of the pan to incorporate them into the soup.

Turn off pot, add the half and half, then cheese by small handfuls, stirring after each addition until cheese is melted. Add potatoes back into the pot, gently stirring.

If necessary, turn Instant Pat back on to the Keep Warm function to heat through, but do not bring to a simmer or a boil. Taste and adjust seasonings. If the soup feels too thick, it may be thinned with additional chicken stock or milk.

Garnish as desired.

No Instant Pot? No problem:

Use two cans of chicken stock.

Heat oil in a large pan. Saute the sausage, remove. Add in onion, celery and carrots and cook until softened. Add in the chicken stock, potatoes, sausage and spices. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer and cook for 20 to 25 minutes, partially covered, stirring gently now and then until potatoes are tender.

Add in the cornstarch slurry and cream cheese, stirring until soup is thickened. Mash a few of the potatoes if desired. Turn off the heat and add the cream, then the cheese in small handfuls. Taste and adjust seasonings and serve as desired.

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I’ll be posting this recipe over at Fiesta Friday Blog Party, hosted this week by Laurena @ Life Diet Health and Trupti @ My Culinary Saga. 

43 thoughts on “Cheesy Potato Sausage Soup – Instant Pot or Stove-top”

  1. This is so pretty Mollie– love the color. And I’m wondering about the love-hate relationship with cheese??? I pretty much love cheese in any form. Favorite quick lunch– quesadilla! It sounds like you are really getting a lot of use out of your Instant Pot!! Think the kids would love this soup. thanks! xox

    1. Thanks much! I wish I had a bowl, too, it’s so cold and windy and bitter outside. But it IS indulgent so I’m trying to be good and not whip up another batch, haha! Especially with the next few weeks coming up and lots of goodies around.

    1. Oh wow, never seen a cheesy soup? Sometimes it seems that when eating out here in restaurants it’s hard to find one that isn’t cheesy. This IS one that would go over with kids and adults.

    1. It is a bowl of comfort! Chance has had some pretty bad issues. I noticed a slight limp and that his left rear leg was looking strange. It turns out that the bone was bent. I can’t figure out if it happened rollicking with his puppy friends at the dog park or maybe the repeated action of jumping up and down on my bed but there’s no real solution but to try to keep his activity low, add extra calcium to his diet. He’ll never have a normal lab life with running and fetching. It’s heartbreaking and of course he’s at the age when he wants to go go go!

        1. That’s really what it is – and labs are so active when they’re young. They really are just big ol’ 70 to 90 pound “puppies” for the first couple of years. Spazzy and going, going, going all the time, skittering about and never actually “walking.” You should see him on my hardwood floors, lol!

  2. looks super comforting, i make a creamy corn Moroccan flavoured chowder that looks like this and i might take your idea and add some smoked sausage i’ll buy extra and incorporate it into my dish after trying yours out on the family. thanks for the recipe 🙂

  3. That’s a deliciously hearty looking soup. No potatoes in the house but I have some potato gnocchi, old cheddar cheese and smoked sausages in the freezer. Maybe I’ll make a pot this weekend. 🙂

        1. That was my thought, too, but he didn’t think that was something he’d recommend. He did say he’d heard of a procedure that might be able to be done where one side of the bone was shaved off and grafted tot he other side but as far as he knew it was not ever very successful. He’s a very good vet so I trust his judgement. There has been some improvement. Also, he did say it could have been something that happened as a very small puppy, Guess there’s no way to know for sure but he’s fine now, The repercussions will be what he faces as an older dog from years of extra wear and tear on his hip joint because his leg isn’t quite right. Now that I think about it, I haven’t put out a Chance post for SO long!

              1. Thank you but it been twice on the left hip and once on the right hip. The right one is acting up. It’s only been 5 yrs which is much too early as 10-12 yrs is generally the expected lifespan for hip replacements.

                1. I am so sorry to hear that! I’ve been on the verge of considering one for the past 10 years or so…I was advised to wait as long as possible. It’s just a crapshoot, this getting old, isn’t it?

    1. You know my Stepmom hates all soup, so I think I might be overcompensating now that I am home, but I can’t get enough soup! I just love it. 🙂 I really like having soup in the fridge to warm up for dinner, lunch and yes, this one I had for breakfast, lol!!

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