Instant Pot Ham and Bean Soup – Spend With Pennies

Ham and bean soup recipe pressure cooker

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Instant ham and bean soup is a quick and easy way to enjoy a classic meal (no soaking required)!

The tender pieces of ham are mixed with our favorite blend of 15 beans, celery, carrots and onions to create the perfect cozy soup! This easy ham and bean soup recipe is a favorite way to use leftover baked ham, and all you need to add is some cornbread!

Instant ham and bean soup in a bowl

I’m so excited to partner with Hurst Beans and share how easy it is to cook beans in an instant pot


Why you’ll love this recipe

  • No soaking required, a pressure cooker gets this food on the table in about 90 minutes (most of which are hands-free)! It’s
  • filling and tasty, excellent made with a leftover ham bone, smoked sausage or even leftover smoked turkey. It’s
  • an inexpensive way to feed a crowd.
  • This soup is delicious to spare and freezes perfectly.

Ingredients in Instant Pot Bean

Soup BEANS Of course, this recipe starts with beans. Hurst’s HamBeens 15 bean soup is a holiday staple and can be cooked on the stove or as a recipe for slow-cooker ham and bean® soup®. A cozy bowl of bean soup is a favorite way to use our Christmas ham and start our New Year!

You can find these beans in the dried bean section

of almost any grocery store (or you can order them online) and they include a variety including black beans, kidney, chickpeas, split peas, white beans, pinto beans, baby limes, and more.

A packet of seasonings is included in each pack of 15 bean soups, making it simple and perfectly seasoned every time!

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Onions, Celery and carrots are the perfect start to this soup and add a great base of flavor. This soup is great for adding, mixing green beans, leftover vegetables or even pumpkin!


leftover ham bone adds an extra smoky salty flavor to this soup and, once cooked, you can pick up the meat from the bone and add it to the soup. If you don’t have a ham bone, you can add any leftover meat (along with tomatoes) or even smoked sausage.


  • some chopped garlic or your favorite seasonings. If fresh herbs are added, they should be added just before serving (except rosemary, it takes a little time to cook).
  • Kale or fresh spinach can be added (along with almost any vegetable).
  • We use chicken broth

  • and some water, but you can use meat or vegetable broth if you wish.

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How to Make Instant Ham and Bean


To make this Instant Pot Ham and Bean Soup recipe


  1. Rinse the beans
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  3. Add olive oil and onion to the Instant Pot and sauté for about 5 minutes.

beans rinsed in a colander

  1. Add all remaining ingredients except tomatoes (as per recipe below), including the HamBeens bean seasoning packet, and stir to combine.

ham bean soup in an instant pot

  1. Place the lid in the instant pot and cook under HIGH pressure for 60 minutes
  2. .

  3. Quick release, then remove the bone from the ham. Add the tomatoes and tomato juice and the meat of the ham bone. Turn on the Instant Pot over low heat and let it simmer for about 10 minutes.
  4. Season with salt and black pepper to taste.
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Tips for making ham and bean soup

  • If you don’t have a leftover ham bone, a ham hock from the grocery store or your local butcher will work perfectly. Look for one with a little meat, so you can add it to the soup once it’s cooked.
  • Chicken broth

  • or turkey broth adds great flavor. If you prefer more liquid in your soup, add a couple of extra cups of broth to the instant pot.
  • When cooking beans, always add acidic ingredients like tomatoes or lemon juice after the beans are cooked well. The acid binds to the outside of the bean and makes it difficult for water to impregnate them for cooking.
  • To thicken the bean soup, let it simmer uncovered in “sautéed” or give it a couple of quick pulses with an immersion blender.

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What to serve with ham and bean soup

If you want to add some toppings, we love adding a tablespoon of sour cream, cilantro, cheddar cheese, or crispy bacon!

This instant ham and bean soup is a stick to rib meal. We enjoyed a good fresh salad on the side, and of course, cornbread is a must to absorb the leftover soup in the bowl.

Can you freeze bean soup

? Beans resist freezing well, making them the perfect frozen food for the cold winter months. Once cooled, transfer the soup to individual freezer bags or containers and freeze for up to 6 months.

To thaw, simply add the soup to a saucepan over medium-low heat until heated.

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More easy instant pot recipes

  • Instant chicken broth (or turkey) – ideal for this recipe!
  • Instant Pot

  • Mac and Cheese – approved for kids
  • Instant Pot

  • Beef Stew – super easy
  • Instant Pot

  • Chili – so comforting
  • Instant Pot

  • Chicken and Rice – favorite of the week
  • Instant Pot

  • Minestrone Soup – meatless food

No Instant Pot

? No problem


You can buy an Instant Pot here, learn more about Instant Pot here, or use your slow cooker to make a Crock Pot ham and bean soup!

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