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Instant Pot Loaded Baked Potato Soup

Ditch the Oven, Grab the Instant Pot: Loaded Baked Potato Soup in Under 30 Minutes!

Move over, oven, there's a new sheriff in town for whipping up creamy, cheesy, all-things-potato goodness: the Instant Pot! Yes, friends, your favorite comfort food just got a major upgrade with this Instant Pot Loaded Baked Potato Soup recipe. Buckle up for a flavor explosion that's ready in under 30 minutes, without sacrificing an ounce of that rich, decadent satisfaction.



Why Your Taste Buds Will Do a Potato Jig:

  • Speed Demon: Forget about slaving over a hot stove or waiting for the oven to preheat. This Instant Pot wonder delivers all the baked potato soup goodness in a lightning-fast 15 minutes of pressure cooking. ⚡️
  • Flavor Fiesta: We're talking creamy potato base loaded with melty cheese, crispy bacon crumbles, and pops of fresh green onion. Each spoonful is a party for your palate!
  • Customizable Cravings: Feeling spicy? Add a pinch of red pepper flakes. Craving some extra veggie goodness? Throw in some chopped broccoli or corn. This recipe is your canvas, get creative!
  • Clean Up Breeze: One pot means minimal mess! Dinnertime just got a whole lot easier (and less stressful).

Ready to whip up this potato-licious dream? Here's what you'll need:

  • The Essentials: Russet potatoes, chicken broth, butter, onion, garlic, salt, pepper, cheddar cheese, cream cheese, green onions, bacon (for garnish)
  • The Hero: Your trusty Instant Pot!


Get Cookin':

  1. Dice those potatoes! The smaller the pieces, the creamier the soup.
  2. Sauté the onion and garlic in your Instant Pot for a flavor boost.
  3. Toss in the potatoes, broth, and seasonings. Let the Instant Pot work its magic with a 15-minute pressure cook. ‍♀️
  4. Blend it up! Use an immersion blender or a regular blender (carefully!) to achieve that perfectly smooth and creamy texture. ️
  5. Stir in the cheese, sour cream, and milk. Heat it through until everything is melty and glorious.
  6. Garnish with crispy bacon crumbles, fresh green onions, and extra cheese (because why not?).

Pro Tip: This recipe is a blank canvas for your creativity! Play with different cheeses (try Gruyere or Monterey Jack!), add a dollop of Greek yogurt for tanginess, or swap the bacon for crumbled sausage or shredded chicken. The possibilities are endless!

So, ditch the takeout menus and cozy up to a bowl of this quick, easy, and unbelievably delicious Instant Pot Loaded Baked Potato Soup. It's the perfect antidote to a chilly day, a crowd-pleasing appetizer, or a comforting weeknight meal. Trust me, this recipe is a keeper!



Ingredients:

½ c yellow onion, diced

2 tbsp minced garlic

2 c chicken broth

4 oz cream cheese

4 medium russet potatoes diced

A pinch of salt

1 c half and half

Pepper to taste

2 c shredded cheddar cheese

½ c bacon lardons or crumbles


For garnish:

Bacon lardons or crumbles

Green onions

Shredded cheddar cheese


Directions:

Turn the instant pot to saute.



Add bacon lardons and saute for 3 minutes, stirring as needed.

Add diced onion and saute for 2 minutes or until soft, stir as needed.

Add minced garlic and saute for 1 minute. Turn the instant pot off to avoid burning the garlic!

Scrub and dice potatoes. Cut them into small chunks.




Add the potatoes to the instant pot.

Add a pinch of salt, and chicken broth.

Place the lid on the instant pot and seal the valve.

Set the instant pot to manual setting and set the timer for 10 minutes.

When the timer dings, quick release the steam.

Immediately add cream cheese, cut into chunks for easier melting.




Add half and half, and pepper to taste.

Add shredded cheddar cheese.

Stir.

Replace the lid and allow the cheeses to melt into the soup for about 5 minutes.

Stir and serve immediately.




Garnish with sliced green onions, additional bacon crumbles or lardons and extra cheddar cheese.





Happy Instant Potting!

P.S. Feeling inspired? Leave a comment below with your favorite Instant Pot hacks or loaded baked potato soup variations!

P.P.S. Be sure to follow me for more quick and easy Instant Pot recipes that will rock your world!


Find more instant pot recipes here:

Garlic Shrimp and Mushroom Pasta

Garlic Butter Glazed Carrots


What Does Grass Fed Beef Really Mean?

 




At your grocery store, grass-fed beef has become more readily available; however, there remain some misconceptions as to what this label entails.


Grass finished beef is not only healthier than its grain-finished counterpart, but also more flavorful! Read on to discover why.


Grass-Fed Animals Live Longer


Grass-fed meat may be more costly, but it offers numerous health and ethical advantages as well as improved taste. Not only is grass-fed beef leaner and lower in calories, but it also contains essential omega-3 fatty acids (which aid heart health) as well as antioxidants for greater longevity. You can click here to learn more about antioxidants.


grass-fed cattle tend to boast more favorable fatty acid profiles than grain-fed animals, including higher omega-3 linoleic acid levels and reduced levels of omega-6 linoleic acid. Furthermore, pasture-raised cows enjoy greater freedom for exercise than feedlot animals, benefiting their overall health and well being more effectively.


Due to their diets, grass-fed animals are less likely to suffer from fatty liver diseases like Hepatitis C - which can cause jaundice and severe liver abscesses - as ruminant digestive systems are designed to break down tough plants rather than grains (Abend 2010).


Market meat often advertises itself as "grass-fed," even though it was not produced this way. Some ranchers sell their beef to large companies that operate feedlots - highly industrialized operations dedicated to mass producing large volumes of beef quickly. 


"Grass-fed" on products simply indicates that all their calories came from grasses - an indicator regulated by Food Safety and Inspection Service but often not strictly enforced; purchasing grass-fed from a local rancher would be the ideal solution both in terms of health benefits and environmental considerations.


Grass-Fed Animals Are Healthy


"You are what you eat" certainly rings true when it comes to beef. Cattle fed a diet rich in grass produce meat that is lower in calories and nutritionally denser than grain-fed cows. 


Furthermore, grass-fed beef has less total fat and more heart-healthy monounsaturated fatty acids while providing significantly more omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids which have been proven to prevent heart disease and cancer while its omega-6 counterpart promotes inflammation in the body. This is why many choose to buy grass-fed beef online as a part of a healthy diet. Finding high-quality meats is important for consumers.


Grass-fed beef contains high concentrations of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that promote good health, including vitamin B12, iron and zinc as well as less well-known nutrients like creatine and carnosine (7). Furthermore, grass-fed beef boasts richer levels of carotenoid precursors to vitamin A (beta carotene and lutein), and vitamin E which protects cell membranes against oxidation.


Conventionally raised cattle are typically fed a combination of corn and grain to rapidly fatten them up before being slaughtered, which is not natural for them and leads to numerous health issues in these cows. 


Grain-fed cows have twice the rate of obesity than their grass-fed counterparts and more frequently suffer gastrointestinal disorders like diarrhea and constipation than grass-fed ones and are more prone to infections with antibiotic-resistant bacteria like Staph than their grass-fed counterparts.



Grass-Fed Animals Are More Efficient


Responsible meat eaters may have come across the "grass fed" label when shopping for red meat, with claims that grass-fed is better for the environment and better tasting meat overall. But what does that actually mean?


Cattle on a grass-fed diet are more likely to live outdoor lives, reducing environmental impacts. Their diet enriches soil with organic matter that improves biodiversity while making it more resistant to floods and droughts, plus natural, high-fiber grasses can improve health while improving flavor in their meat products. 


Furthermore, using less energy leads to reduced greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions; although grass-fed animals produce more methane than their grain-fed counterparts they also grow slower thus leading to lower total agricultural GHG emissions overall in final products produced. You can click the link: https://www.epa.gov/ghgemissions/sources-greenhouse-gas-emissions to learn more about greenhouse gas emissions.


Demand for grass-fed beef far exceeds its supply in the United States due to limited land values and grazing infrastructure limitations, but nonetheless demand continues to increase and grass-fed products will become more and more popular across various markets.


Though all forms of beef should be eaten with moderation, grass-fed beef is generally considered healthier than grain-fed options due to lower levels of saturated fat and more omega-3 fatty acids which have been shown to help prevent heart disease as well as autoimmune diseases like Lupus and Rheumatoid Arthritis. Of course, grass-fed beef should still be enjoyed within limits; no miracle food exists!


Grass-Fed Animals Are More Ethical


Consumers are increasingly seeking meat raised on grass. This trend has inspired numerous small farms to provide this meat, while supermarkets have responded by stocking it. When searching for it in grocery stores it can often be confusing and hard to interpret the labels; finding sustainably raised and humanely produced options even more so.


One of the primary arguments in favor of grass-fed meat is that it's better for animals than feedlot beef, and this claim holds up. Cattle in feedlots tend to live in cramped quarters without access to fresh air or light; antibiotics may even be administered directly into their feed to ensure they remain healthy amidst filthy conditions.


Grass-fed cattle tend to spend most of their lives outdoors and consume an organic, healthy diet that's more conducive to their well-being. Grain-fed beef may lead to serious health complications while grass-fed cows could live up to twice as long.


However, it should be borne in mind that grass-fed cattle may not necessarily be more ethical than their feedlot counterparts. Although cattle raised on pasture may sequester carbon from the atmosphere into the soil, pastureland resources only support 27% of today's beef production without leading to deforestation and land degradation; and regardless of how grass-fed livestock are raised they still emit significant quantities of methane (a greenhouse gas 28 times more potent than carbon dioxide over 100 years) into the atmosphere.


Excellent Egg Roll Recipes

Egg rolls are a delicious and versatile appetizer or main course that can be enjoyed by people of all ages. They are also relatively easy to make, making them a great option for busy weeknights.

This collection of egg roll recipes includes a variety of flavors and fillings, so you are sure to find something that everyone will enjoy. Whether you are looking for a traditional Chinese egg roll or something a little more unique, you will find it here.





Reuben Egg Rolls by Sunny Little Kitchen

All of the flavor of a Reuben sandwich, tucked into a crispy little egg roll! These would be great to serve on game day, or for a St. Patrick’s Day  appetizer!


Southwestern Egg Rolls by Budget Delicious

These egg rolls have all of the southwestern flavor you could want, all wrapped up in a portable and delicious package!


Buffalo Chicken Egg Rolls by Play Party Plan

Got a craving for buffalo chicken without the mess of wings? This is the recipe for you. Pair with celery for a classic flavor in a new way.


Avocado Egg Rolls by Practically Kidding

These avocado egg rolls have such a great color and flavor. Crispy wrapper paired with creamy avocado is a recipe for delicious snacking!



Air Fryer Egg Rolls by Spend with Pennies

Pop some homemade egg rolls in the air fryer for a healthier appetizer that tastes just as good as traditional fried!


Cheeseburger Egg Rolls by Healthy Recipes 101

Craving a burger? This recipe takes the bun away for a really tasty way to cut carbs without sacrificing flavors!


Air Fryer Pizza Egg Rolls by Sugar and Snappeas

Can’t decide between pizza and egg rolls? This recipe brings them together for a crispy, cheesy treat!


Southwestern Chicken Egg Rolls by Confessions of Parenting

Pair black beans, chicken and some spices for a mouthwatering spin on egg rolls!


Philly Cheesesteak Egg Rolls by Dinner at the Zoo

Craving a cheese steak? This recipe pairs all of those good flavors in one crunchy roll! Yummy!


Pepperoni and Cheese Egg Rolls by Thrifty Jinxy

Egg rolls loaded with gooey cheese and spicy pepperoni makes for a snack to share that is just as tasty as pizza in its original form!


Vegan Egg Rolls by Zardy Plants

These completely vegan egg rolls are the perfect way to load up on healthy veggies!


Avocado Chicken Egg Rolls by Cooked by Julie

This egg roll recipe pairs avocados and chicken for a dreamy treat to sink your teeth into!


Tex Mex Egg Rolls by Savoring the Good

I love tex mex flavors, so bringing them into a favorite appetizer is a recipe for tasty tidbit I can’t resist!


Doritos Chicken Egg Rolls by Miss in the Kitchen

Chicken, doritos and egg rolls? Oh that sounds good doesn’t it!


Crab Rangoon Egg Rolls by Maria’s Mixing Bowl

If you love wontons, then check this recipe out. It brings the flavor to a larger package for those times you have a craving!



Tips for the best egg rolls


  • For a crispier egg roll, fry them in batches and do not overcrowd the pan.
  • If you are using frozen egg roll wrappers, thaw them according to the package directions.
  • You can also bake the egg rolls instead of frying them. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Place the egg rolls on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until golden brown and crispy.
  • Serve the egg rolls immediately with soy sauce for dipping.






 

Savory Monkey Bread Recipes

Monkey Business: The Rise of Savory Monkey Bread

Move over, cinnamon sugar, there's a new star in town! Savory monkey bread is taking the appetizer world by storm, and for good reason. This playful pull-apart bread offers endless possibilities for flavor combinations, making it the perfect finger food for any occasion.




Beyond the Bunch:

We all know and love the classic sweet monkey bread. But the beauty of this dish lies in its versatility. Swap the sugary coating for a savory herb butter or a cheesy dip, and you've got an instant crowd-pleaser.

A Recipe for Fun:

The best part about savory monkey bread is its ease. It's a recipe that allows you to get creative. Here are some tips to get you started:

  • Play with Dough: Use store-bought pizza dough, biscuit dough, or even leftover bread dough to create unique textures.
  • Flavor Frenzy: Explore a world of herbs, spices, and cheeses. From garlic and parmesan to sun-dried tomatoes and feta, the flavor combinations are endless.
  • The Dipping Point: Don't forget the dip! Pesto, marinara, or a simple herb butter add another layer of flavor and moisture.
Here are some of my favorite monkey bread recipes from around the web. Be sure to click through the links to view the full recipe.


Spicy Cheddar Pull Apart Bread by Small Town Woman



Garlic and Herb Pull Apart Loaf by CincyShopper

Garlic Monkey Bread by My Crazy Good Life

Cheese and Herb Monkey Bread by Curry Trail

Pizza Bubble Bread by Spend with Pennies




Maple Bacon Monkey Bread by Love Bakes Good Cakes

Jalapeno Cheddar Monkey Bread by We Dish It Up

Pizza Monkey Bread by Simply Stacie

Monkey See, Monkey Do:

Savory monkey bread is perfect for:

  • Game Days: A crowd-pleasing appetizer that goes perfectly with all your favorite game day eats.
  • Brunches: Take your brunch game to the next level with a savory twist on a classic breakfast food.
  • Potlucks: This easy-to-transport dish is sure to be a hit at any potluck gathering.

So ditch the ordinary and embrace the monkey business! With a little creativity, you can turn this playful pull-apart bread into a savory masterpiece that will have everyone asking for seconds.

Let's Get Baking!

Now that your taste buds are tingling, it's time to get your hands dirty! Dive into our collection of savory monkey bread recipes and discover a world of flavor possibilities. From cheesy classics to herb-infused delights, we have something for everyone. Happy baking!


Find more favorite recipes here:

Baked jalapeno poppers

Beef and pickle egg rolls



Favorite Easter Recipes

Spring has sprung, and with it comes the joy of Easter celebrations! Whether you're planning a grand family gathering or an intimate brunch, this collection of delightful recipes is sure to add a touch of magic to your Easter table.

From refreshing appetizers to flavorful main courses and light, springtime desserts, these dishes are perfect for creating a memorable feast that celebrates the season. Dive in, explore the flavors, and discover the perfect recipes to make your Easter gathering truly special.



Sweet Potato Easter Biscuits by Vegan Dollhouse

Easter Deviled Eggs by Delicious Table

Asparagus Puff Pastry Tart by Dancing Through the Rain





Mini Stuffed Pepper Carrots by Aleka’s Get Together

Pizza Giana Rustica by Xoxo Bella

Cheesy Zucchini Bake by Cooking With Mammac

Roasted Parm Green Beans by Saving Talents

Roasted Asparagus Cesar Salad by Salads for Lunch





Cheesy Carrot Casserole by Cooked by Julie

Salmon Wellington by Little Ferro Kitchen

Brown Sugar Glazed Spiral Ham by Three Olives Branch

Blancmange Filled Eggs by The Winged Fork





Easter Egg Macarons by Barley and Sage

Mini Egg Brownies by A Grill for All Seasons

I hope this collection of delightful recipes has inspired you to create a delicious and memorable Easter feast. From sweet treats to savory dishes, there's something for everyone to enjoy. So gather your loved ones, embrace the spirit of the season, and let the springtime celebration commence!

You might also like these healthier Easter treats