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Looking for some southern comfort food? Nothing is more southern than some good old ham and beans and cornbread. This Instant Pot Ham and White Bean Soup recipe is just what you need on a cool day.

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Instant Pot Ham and White Bean Soup

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Ingredients For Ham and Bean Soup

You don’t need a lot to make this delicious dish. Here is what you need:

  • 1 lb pre-cooked ham; diced
  • 2 cups great northern white beans; dried not soaked
  • 2 1/3 cups water
  • 3 tablespoons garlic
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 1/2 cups white onion; diced
  • 1 – 28 oz container vegetable broth
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper

How to Make Instant Pot Ham and Beans

Prep Time: 10 Minutes Cook Time: 1 Hour 10 Minutes Total Time: 1 Hour 35 Minutes Yield: 12 servings

Cut onion and place it into the instant pot. You can saute the onions if you like, but this is optional.

Add in washed beans and precooked cut ham.

Pour in vegetable broth and water.

Add in garlic, paprika, cayenne pepper, salt, pepper, cumin, and bay leaves.

Give it a good stir. Lock lid and place valve in the sealed position.

Instant Pot Ham and White Bean Soup

Set to high pressure for 1 hour and 10 minutes. Once the instant pot stops counting let it naturally release for 25 minutes then quick release remaining pressure.

Instant Pot Ham and White Bean Soup

Serve with cornbread. See notes if you have pre-soaked beans.

Instant Pot Ham and White Bean Soup

If you have pre-soaked beans only cook on high pressure for 40 minutes then quick release. Do not do a natural pressure release.

Soup Consistency

We think this soup consistency comes out just perfect! However, some people may prefer a thicker soup or thinner soup.

To make your soup a little thinner, you can add 1/2 cup to 1 cup more water. If you would like your soup a little thicker, take out 1/2 cup of water.

Instant Pot Ham and White Bean Soup

Can You Freeze Ham and Beans?

The simple answer is YES! Not only is it super easy to freeze ham and beans, but this Instant Pot Ham and White Bean Soup recipe make a huge batch. This means that you can cook it once and eat it twice.

You can freeze all your leftovers in one container, or you can freeze individual portions so you can easily grab one for lunches. Smaller portions defrost quicker.

Yield: 12

Instant Pot White Bean And Ham Soup

how to cook beans and ham in the instant pot

This delicious Instant pot white bean and ham soup is easy and simple to cook and is super tasty.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 lb pre cooked ham; diced
  • 2 cups great northern white beans; dried not soaked
  • 2 1/3 cups water
  • 3 tablespoons garlic
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 1/2 cups white onion; diced
  • 1 – 28 oz container vegetable broth
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper

Instructions

    Cut onion and place into instant pot. Add in washed beans and precooked cut ham.

    Pour in vegetable broth and water.

    Add in garlic, paprika, cayenne pepper, salt, pepper, cumin, and bay leaves.

    Give it a good stir. Lock lid and place valve in sealed position.

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