This simple and delicious potato chowder Instant Pot recipe is so easy to make! It’s the perfect cozy recipe for a chilly day.
Potato Chowder Inspiration
Here is a bit of a fun story. When my family and I first moved out to our homestead, we were living on raw land. We did not have electricity or running water.
It was quite an adventure! Throughout our first summer on the homestead we worked on installing utilities and we started building our house.
I remember in August of that year there was a distinct change in the air. Suddenly the evenings became cooler and there was a nip in the air.
We were still living in our camper, and I remember the cozy evenings of sitting together with my family as we read our read aloud.
At that time we were working our way through The Prairie Thief by Melissa Wiley. One evening we read the chapter entitled “Potato Chowder.” The chapter included a delicious description of potato chowder, and with that change in the air, I remember thinking how perfectly delightful it would be to eat potato chowder for supper.
Now remember, at that time we did not yet have utilities in place, so cooking was a bit of an adventure. I knew it would not be practical to let a soup simmer for a long time on my little camp stove.
My alternative was to fire up our generator and make potato chowder in my Instant Pot, and so that is what I did.
The potato chowder was absolutely delicious! And it was made all the more perfect with the cozy beginnings of the autumn season.
Prairie Thief Potato Chowder
If you are looking to do a book club for the Prairie Thief book, this would be a wonderful dish to serve.
Here is the description of the potato chowder from the book:
She ladled some kind of thick fragrant broth from the big pot into two tin mugs. The judge carried them to the table and set one before Louisa.
“Here you go, lass,” he said. “There’s not a finer potato chowder in all the world.”
Louisa’s stomach was so empty she could almost have made a meal on the chowder’s aroma alone. It smelled delectable, but remembering the brownie’s terrible tea, she raised a small and tentative spoonful to her lips. At the first taste she nearly swooned. It was the most delicious stew she had ever eaten, rich and buttery with a whisper of nutmeg.
Instant Pot Potato Chowder
2 tbsp butter, salted
1 yellow onion, diced
7-8 russet potatoes, cut into 1 inch cubes
10 oz corn, frozen
32 oz chicken stock, unsalted
1 tsp thyme, dried
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp nutmeg, dried
2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1 10.5 oz can cream of chicken soup (I prefer this more natural brand)
3 cups sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
1 cup whole milk
1/2 cup flour
Using the sauté function on the Instant Pot, melt butter.
Add diced onions and cook until softened. Turn Instant Pot off.
Add potatoes, corn, chicken stock, thyme, garlic powder, nutmeg, salt, and pepper to Instant Pot and stir.
Place lid on Instant Pot and select Pressure Cook, cook on high pressure for 14 minutes.
When cooking cycle is completed, perform a quick release of pressure.
Remove lid and add cream of chicken soup, cheese, milk, and flour. Stir. Add more flour if needed to achieve desired thickness.
- 2 tbsp butter, salted
- 1 yellow onion, diced
- 7-8 medium russet potates, cut into 1 inch cubes
- 10 oz frozen corn
- 32 oz chicken stock, unsalted
- 1 tsp thyme, dried
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp nutmed, dried
- 2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 1 10.5 oz can cream of chicken soup
- 3 cups sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
- 1 cup whole milk
- 1/2 cup flour
- Using the sauté function on the Instant Pot, melt butter.
- Add diced onions and cook until softened. Turn Instant Pot off.
- Add potatoes, corn, chicken stock, thyme, garlic powder, nutmeg, salt, and pepper to the Instant Pot and stir.
- Place lid on the Instant Pot and select Pressure Cook, cook on high pressure for 14 minutes.
- When cooking cycle is completed, perform a quick release of pressure.
- Remove lid and add cream of chicken soup, cheese, milk, and flour. Stir. Add more flour if needed to achieve desired thickness.