Instant Pot Cream of Carrot Soup


This luscious and healthy cream of carrot soup comes together with just 15 minutes of active time, thanks to the Instant Pot (or any other pressure cooker). For an even easier dish, use an immersion blender to puree the soup--you'll only have the Instant Pot insert to clean after cooking. Serve this soup as a starter for a holiday meal or with crusty bread and a salad for dinner any night.

Instant Pot Cream of Carrot Soup
Photo: Antonis Achilleos
Prep Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
45 mins
Total Time:
1 hr
12 cups


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 ½ cups sliced sweet onion (such as Vidalia or Walla Walla)

  • 4 cups unsalted chicken broth or vegetable broth

  • 2 pounds carrots, cut into 1-inch chunks (about 3 cups)

  • 1 large russet potato, peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks (about 1 3/4 cups)

  • 3 cloves garlic, smashed

  • ½ cup whole milk

  • cup heavy cream

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper


  1. Select Sauté setting on a programmable multicooker (such as Instant Pot). (Times, instructions and settings may vary according to cooker brand or model.) Select High temperature setting; add oil to the cooker and let it heat for 2 to 3 minutes. Add onion; cook, stirring occasionally, until slightly browned and softened, about 8 minutes. Add broth, carrots, potato and garlic; stir to combine. Press Cancel.

  2. Cover the cooker and lock the lid in place. Turn the steam release handle to Sealing position. Select Manual/Pressure Cook setting. Select High pressure for 15 minutes. (It will take 10 to 15 minutes for the cooker to come up to pressure before cooking begins.)

  3. Carefully turn the steam release handle to Venting position, and let the steam fully escape (the float valve will drop; this will take 5 to 10 minutes). Remove the lid from the cooker. Stir in milk, cream, salt and pepper. Turn off the cooker.

  4. Use an immersion blender to puree the soup until smooth, or puree the soup in a blender, in batches if necessary. If using a traditional blender, secure the lid on the blender and remove the center piece to allow steam to escape. Place a clean towel over the opening. Process until smooth, about 3 minutes. (Use caution when pureeing hot liquids.)

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

178 Calories
8g Fat
24g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Serving Size 1 1/2 cups
Calories 178
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 24g 9%
Dietary Fiber 4g 15%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 5g 9%
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 3g 16%
Cholesterol 13mg 4%
Vitamin A 19116IU 382%
Vitamin C 11mg 13%
Folate 33mcg 8%
Sodium 444mg 19%
Calcium 75mg 6%
Iron 1mg 4%
Magnesium 29mg 7%
Potassium 692mg 15%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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