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Thursday, January 7, 2016

Ham and White Bean Soup - Instant Pot Pressure Cooker Recipe

Pressure Cooker Ham and White Bean Soup - Instant Pot

Ham and bean soup = comfort food on a cold winter day. However, it is Christmas day in Texas and the weather is a hot 72 degrees outside. But we have air condition right? Between the excitement of using my Instant Pot and then need to get rid of leftover ham, this recipe was created. I hope you enjoy, no matter what the weather.


  • 1-2 Tbls oil
  • 1 lb dry navy beans
  • 8 cups liquid - (I used 3 cans of reduced sodium chicken broth and 5 cups water)
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1/3 cup carrots, diced
  • 3 celery stalks, diced
  • 1 Tbls minced garlic
  • Black pepper to taste
  • 1 cup ham, diced (I used my leftover ham from Christmas)


You must first prepare your beans before you can cook them. The first way is to soak the beans overnight. Cover the beans with water, let them sit overnight and then rinse them well. The second method is the quick soak method. On a stove top, bring beans and water to a boil in a large pot, turn off heat and let sit for almost 1 hour. Then rinse and drain the beans.

Put 1-2 Tbsp oil into Instant pot and hit the 'sauté' button. Once hot, add in the onions. Keep stirring frequently until they are cooked and browned (about 10 mins).

Add carrots, celery and garlic and sauté 3 mins more.

Add ham and sauté 3 minutes more.

Add in drained beans, black pepper and 8 cups liquid. Stir.

Put the lid on and make sure valve is on sealing (not venting). Hit the 'manual' button and then make sure it is on high pressure, 20 minutes cook time.

I did a natural pressure release after 20 minutes (while I roasted marshmallows outside in 72 degree weather on Christmas day). Open up the vent and let the remaining steam out, then open up the lid.

Take out 1 cup of bean soup. Pick out any ham pieces and throw them back into the pot. Blend the 1 cup of bean soup with an immersion blender {Amazon link}. Put the blended soup back into the pot. This will help thicken it up a bit.

Ready to serve! I normally add a little hot sauce, but it was so yummy, I didn't want to change a thing!

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  1. Perfect recipe for our menu this week!!!!! Thank you for the post. Paul and Jaci from Missouri

  2. You are welcome! I just made a fresh pot on Sunday and I was out of ham, so I used bacon instead and it was super yummy as well!

  3. Flavor was really good. It was a little too soupy for our tastes so I will use less water next time. The beans were overcooked a bit. I might do less time and still do the natural pressure release. Maybe 16 or 17 minutes?

    1. Hmmmm. Not really sure, I haven't heard anyone say that before, it really just depends on your taste and a little trial and error.

  4. what size pressure cooker are you useing

  5. If you use rinsed dried beans, do you need to increase the cooking time by 20 mins. or so?

    Thank you!

    1. i'd like to know the answer to this question as well.

    2. I was wondering the same thing since the recipe says you can just use rinsed dried beans. I am going to cook it on 37 minutes and I'll see what happens.

    3. Oh! I see what you mean, I should reword that. The rinsed dried beans that were soaked overnight OR the quick soak method. But you have to either soak them overnight or do the quick method.

  6. Hi. Do you mean beans that have not been presoaked overnight or done in the quick soak method? If so, I'm really not sure since I have never tried it. I would love for you to comment what works for you guys if you find out.

  7. Hi; anxious to try this IP recipe since I have a LOT of leftover ham from Christmas dinner. Your instructions are confusing, however, regarding the bean prep, since it's not spelled out in the recipe, only in the comments section.

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    1. Thanks so much! I can't wait to try this; I even have all the ingredients, which NEVER

  9. approximately how many servings does this recipe make?

    1. I'm not sure how to measure that, but it make a pretty full pot.

  10. For dinner tonight - I have a ham bone waiting to be used!! Plus, my 15 year old son will be making it! Yay!! Win win for me. Thanks for a recipe to use my "new" instant pot - I've only used twice so far!!

    1. Does it work okay to just throw the entire ham BONE in the IP, instead of just ham pieces?