Instant Pot Ham and Bean Soup

Just wait until you try Ham and Beans made in the Instant Pot! Talk about freakin' delicious, especially when the temperature drops and the snow is a blowin'.
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Just wait until you try Ham and Beans made in the Instant Pot! Talk about freakin’ delicious, especially when the temperature drops outside and the snow is a blowin’. Serve these up with your favorite cornbread muffins to complete the meal.

Just wait until you try Ham and Beans made in the Instant Pot! Talk about freakin' delicious, especially when the temperature drops outside and the snow is a blowin'.

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Howdy –

For whatever reason, we didn’t grow up eating Ham and Beans.

For that matter, I don’t remember eating any beans during my childhood, except the canned chili beans that my Mom added to her chili.

And, I sure didn’t know that beans cooked from dry could be so delicious when cooked under pressure.  The best part?  As long as you use a Natural Release (instead of a Quick Release) after you’ve cooked the beans in your Instant Pot, you don’t even need to SOAK them….woot! woot!

I’ve been pleased to learn how easy dry beans made in the Instant Pot are to prepare and how delicious they can be. No more slimy beans out of a can for me. 🙂

Just wait until you try Ham and Beans made in the Instant Pot! Talk about freakin' delicious, especially when the temperature drops outside and the snow is a blowin'.

Instant Pot Ham and Beans

Just wait until you try these Instant Pot Ham and Beans! This dish is especially delicious when the temperature drops outside and the snow is a blowin'. Serve these up with your favorite cornbread muffins to complete the meal.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword ham, Ham and Beans, instant pot
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbs. olive oil, divided use
  • 4 carrots, diced
  • 1 large yellow onion, diced
  • 4 ribs celery, diced
  • 1 leftover ham bone with meat, may substitute ham shanks if a ham bone with meat isn't available
  • 6-8 cups nice, strong ham broth, I like to use a concentrated ham broth base, such as Better Than Bouillon to make my broth (you will find this product in the soup aisle at your grocer)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tsp. dried tarragon, may ubstitute 1 tsp. dried Italian seasoning instead (the tarragon is especially good in this recipe)
  • 1 lb. dry white beans, I used Great Northern, no need to soak the beans first
  • kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste (Be sure to taste the soup before you salt it; sometimes ham broth and ham can be very salty)
  • 1/4 - 1/3 cup heavy cream, as desired, for creaminess

Instructions

  1. Using the saute setting on your Instant Pot, add 1 Tbs. of oil; when the oil is hot add the carrots, onions, and celery, cooking until the veggies are softened, adding a bit of ham broth to the mixture, if needed, to keep them from sticking.

  2. Place the ham bone (or ham shanks), with the broth, bay leaf, tarragon, oil and dry beans into the Instant Pot with the vegetables, making sure the Instant Pot isn't filled more two-thirds full.  Lock the lid into place then making sure the valve is set to the sealing position; choose 35 minutes on high pressure, bringing the Instant Pot to full pressure.

  3. When the timer sounds, use a 30 minute natural pressure release, followed by a quick release to remove any remaining pressure from the Instant Pot. (This long natural release allows your beans to finish cooking from residual heat and to relax, making them the perfect tenderness.)

  4. Remove the ham bone and bay leaf from the prepared soup in the Instant Pot; pull away any ham still attached to the ham bone, adding it back into the soup. Adjust the seasonings to taste. For added creaminess, stir in a bit of cream, as desired. Serve at once!

Recipe Notes

**Please note:  the cooking time stated for this recipe does not include the time required to bring the Instant Pot up to pressure since this can vary. This recipe was made using a 6-quart Instant Pot. 

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Chef Alli 

Chef Alli

Chef Alli is a home-grown Kansas girl on a mission to strengthen families through enabling kitchen confidence, educating the family cook, and encouraging better food relationships. She believes with her whole heart that time spent with our loved ones and our overall quality of life is greatly enhanced by nutritious food made at home with simple, wholesome ingredients. She loves being able to connect and share this passion with others through her website, her social media presence, and her coveted speaking engagements.

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