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Instant Pot Ham and Bean Soup Recipe

Written by: Lucas Johnson

This ham and bean soup is my go-to comfort food. It's hearty, full of flavor, and so easy to whip up in my Instant Pot. Perfect for those chilly nights!

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I'll tell you my secret, this ham and bean soup recipe is my tried-and-true, my go-to comfort food. Cooking it in the instant pot is a breeze and the result, oh-so-satisfying! A one-pot wonder packed with hearty ham, protein-rich beans, and a blend of cozy vegetables. It's the food equivalent of a warm hug on a chilly day. Trust me, you'll want to dive right in!

Ingredients for Instant Pot Ham and Bean Soup

  • Olive oil: Adds flavor and helps sauté vegetables for a rich base in the soup.
  • Onion: Provides a savory sweetness and depth of flavor to the soup base.
  • Carrots: Adds natural sweetness and a pop of color to the soup.
  • Celery: Brings a subtle earthy flavor and crunch to the soup.
  • Garlic: Enhances the overall flavor profile with its aromatic and pungent taste.
  • Ham: Infuses the soup with a smoky, salty flavor and hearty texture.
  • Navy beans: Creamy texture and mild flavor make them perfect for thickening the soup and adding protein.
  • Chicken broth: Provides a rich and savory base for the soup, enhancing the overall depth of flavor.
  • Thyme: Adds a warm, herbaceous note that complements the ham and beans in the soup.

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Essential Tools for Making This Delicious Soup

  • Instant Pot: Essential for pressure cooking the ham and beans quickly, infusing flavors and tenderizing ingredients efficiently.
  • Chef's knife: Needed for dicing the vegetables and ham, ensuring even cooking and consistent texture in the soup.
  • Cutting board: Provides a stable surface for chopping ingredients, preventing mess and keeping the kitchen organized.

Serves: 6 people

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 45 minutes

Total time: 1 hour


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 2 celery stalks, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 pound ham, diced
  • 1 pound dried navy beans, rinsed and picked over
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Set the Instant Pot to sauté mode and heat the olive oil.
  2. Add the onion, carrots, celery, and garlic. Cook until softened, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add the ham, navy beans, chicken broth, thyme, salt, and pepper.
  4. Close the Instant Pot lid and set to high pressure for 45 minutes.
  5. Once done, allow for a natural pressure release for 10 minutes before quick releasing any remaining pressure.
  6. Serve hot and enjoy!

Nutritional value:

Per Serving in Calories: 350 kcal | Carbohydrates: 45 g | Protein: 25 g | Total Fat: 8 g | Saturated Fat: 2 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4 g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2 g | Cholesterol: 30 mg | Sodium: 800 mg | Dietary Fiber: 12 g | Sugar: 4 g | Calcium: 120 mg | Potassium: 800 mg | Iron: 4 mg | Vitamin A: 200 µg | Vitamin C: 10 mg

Tips for Making Instant Pot Ham and Bean Soup Ahead of Time

Make Ahead Instructions

  • Prepare the soup as directed, allow it to cool completely.
  • Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
  • Reheat on the stovetop or in the microwave before serving.

Freezing Instructions

  • Cool the soup completely before freezing.
  • Transfer to a freezer-safe container or resealable bags.
  • Label with the date and store in the freezer for up to 3 months.
  • Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating.

Adding a splash of apple cider vinegar to this ham and bean soup enhances the flavors and adds a subtle tanginess to the dish.

Common Questions About This Instant Pot Soup Recipe

Can I use canned beans instead of dried beans in this recipe?
Yes, you can substitute canned beans for dried beans. Just be sure to adjust the cooking time accordingly as canned beans require less time to cook.
How can I store the leftover ham and bean soup?
Allow the soup to cool completely before transferring it to an airtight container. Store it in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days or freeze it for longer storage.
Can I add other vegetables to this soup?
Absolutely! Feel free to customize this recipe by adding your favorite vegetables such as potatoes, spinach, or bell peppers.
Is it necessary to soak the dried beans before cooking?
No, soaking the beans is not required for this recipe since the Instant Pot will cook them thoroughly during the pressure cooking process.
Can I use a different type of meat instead of ham?
Yes, you can use other meats like smoked sausage or bacon if you prefer. Just adjust the cooking time accordingly based on the type of meat you choose.

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