Instant Pot Ham and Bean Soup

What to do when you finish up a spiral sliced ham and you just have the bone and a few meaty, unsliced hunks of meat left? Ham and bean soup! And it’s sooooo easy in the Instant Pot. Gone are the days of trying to remember to soak the beans the night before. The instant pot softens and cooks them in no time.

Gather up your ingredients:

Chop up any extra ham that’s left. About 1-2 cups.

Chop the celery, onion, and carrot.

Mince the garlic.

Press saute on the Instant Pot and warm some olive oil. Add the celery, onion, and carrot and cook until they start to soften, about 3-4 minutes.

Add the garlic, stirring the vegetable mixture together until fragrant and the garlic begins to soften, about 2-3 minutes.

Add the thyme, salt, pepper, and bay leaf.

Turn off the saute function and add dried beans, chopped ham, ham bone, and 8 cups of water.

Seal the Instant Pot and cook on high for 35 minutes.

(Note that it takes time for the Instant Pot to build up pressure and it will then beep to let you know it’s ready and the timer will start counting down.)

When the 35 minutes is up, let the Instant Pot release pressure naturally. This will likely take another 20 minutes.

Enjoy a hot bowl of delicious ham and bean soup!

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Instant Pot Ham and Bean Soup

Instant Pot Ham and Bean Soup
  • Author: Kathleen
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Ingredients

1 pound dried Great Northern beans, picked over and rinsed
1 – 2 cups chopped hamĀ 
Meaty ham bone
1 tablespoon olive oil
3/4 cup chopped yellow onion
1 cup chopped celery
1 cup chopped carrot
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 bay leaf
8 cups water

Instructions

Chop up any extra ham that’s still easily removed from the bone – about 1-2 cups.
Chop the celery, onion, and carrot.
Mince the garlic.
Press saute on the Instant Pot and warm some olive oil. Add the celery, onion, and carrot and cook until they start to soften, about 3-4 minutes.
Add the garlic, stirring the vegetable mixture together until fragrant and the garlic begins to soften, about 2-3 minutes.
Add the thyme, salt, pepper, and bay leaf.
Turn off the saute function and add dried beans, chopped ham, ham bone, and 8 cups of water.
Seal the Instant Pot and cook on high for 35 minutes.
When the 35 minutes is up, let the Instant Pot release pressure naturally. This will likely take another 20 minutes.

Notes

Note that it takes time for the Instant Pot to build up pressure and it will then beep to let you know it’s ready and the timer will start counting down.

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