Instant Pot® Cauliflower, Potato & Bacon Bisque

Instant Pot® Cauliflower, Potato & Bacon Bisque

Total Time
35 min
25 min
10 min
With its velvety consistency, this Instant Pot soup tastes way richer than it really is. Yukon Gold potato adds creamy texture and a slightly buttery note, while cauliflower helps to thicken the soup. From there, reduced-fat milk brings it into silky bisque territory. If you don’t have an immersion blender, just use a standard blender and purée in batches.


Cooking spray

4 spray(s)

Reduced sodium chicken broth

1½ cup(s), divided

All-purpose flour

2 Tbsp

Uncooked onion

1 medium, chopped


½ head(s), medium, cored and coarsely chopped (3 cups)

Uncooked Yukon gold potato

1 medium, peeled and finely chopped (about 1 cup)


2 rib(s), medium, sliced

Fresh thyme

1 Tbsp, chopped, or 1 teaspoon dried, plus more for garnish (optional)

Kosher salt

¾ tsp

Black pepper

¼ tsp, plus more for garnish (optional)

2% reduced fat milk

2 cup(s)

Reduced fat cheddar cheese

¾ cup(s), shredded, sharp variety, divided

Cooked turkey bacon

3 slice(s), cut or torn into 1⁄2-inch pieces


  1. Press Sauté on a 6-quart Instant Pot. In a small bowl, whisk ½ cup of the stock and the flour until smooth.
  2. When Hot is displayed on the Instant Pot, coat the bottom of the pot with cooking spray. Add the onion and cook until softened, about 5 minutes, stirring. Stir in the cauliflower, potato, celery, thyme, salt, and black pepper. Add the stock-flour mixture, milk, and the remaining 1 cup stock to the pot.
  3. Press Cancel to turn off the pot. Lock the lid, making sure the vent is closed. Press Pressure Cook and select Low Pressure. Set the cooking time for 4 minutes.
  4. When the cooking time is up, press Cancel to turn off the pot. Move the steam release handle to the venting position to release the pressure. Remove the lid.
  5. Stir ½ cup of the cheese into the soup. Using an immersion blender, purée the soup. Divide the soup among 6 bowls. Sprinkle with the bacon and the remaining ¼ cup cheese. Garnish with more thyme and black pepper (if using).
  6. Serving size: 1¼ cups soup, 2 tsp cheese, and ½ slice bacon