The Best Instant Pot Ham Bone and Bean Soup Recipe
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Learn how to make this Instant Pot Ham Bone and Bean Soup recipe! Nothing warms you up on those cold nights quite like a bowl of homemade Ham Bone and 15 Bean Soup, especially when you can make it in about an hour in your Instant Pot®.
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Easy Instant Pot Recipe
I am thrilled to share a soup recipe with you that only takes an hour to cook.
We’ve had a pretty snowy winter so far, along with some really cold temps – like single-digit cold! It was on one of those cold wintery Ohio days that I decided to experiment with my Instant Pot.
We had a couple of frozen ham bones in our freezer leftover from Christmas dinner and a couple of bags of 15 bean soup mix in our pantry just waiting to have a little party!
Soups Are Perfect in the Instant Pot
I did a search online for “pressure cooker ham and bean soup” recipes and there were a lot, but most of them also contained vegetables. I really didn’t think my hubby would appreciate having all those veggies in his bean soup. He’s kind of a purist when it comes to bean soup – ham, beans, and onion for garnish. So, experiment is what I did!
How to make ham and Bean soup in the pressure cooker
After all my experiments, I found the perfect way to make amazing ham and bean soup. And it only takes a few minutes! That’s the beauty of the Instant Pot.
What you need:
Before you make your own soup, these are the things you will need. After you gather all your supplies, the entire soup will cook in just an hour, from start to finish.
The most important tool of all is the Instant Pot.
These are the ingredients you’ll need. All the exact amounts are in the printable card at the bottom of this post.
- HamBeens 15 Bean Soup Mix
- Onion, diced
- Garlic cloves, chopped
- Ham hock
Instant Pot Ham Bone and Bean Soup Recipe
You won’t believe how easy and quickly you can make bean soup in the Instant Pot! I mean, I’m still amazed! I think bean soup was just meant to be made in an electric pressure cooker.
I’ll share the full recipe with you in just a moment. You can make this bean soup in any electric pressure cooker. If your pressure cooker doesn’t have the sauté function, just omit that step – no big deal!
I have the complete recipe in a printable recipe card at the bottom of this post. But first, here’s a quick overview and answers to some questions about the recipe.
1. Add 2 Cups of water to The Instant Pot
First, you’ll want to add 2 cups of water to your Instant Pot and turn it on sauté (because that helps heat up the water and contents, thereby reducing the amount of time it takes for the pressure cooker to build up its temperature and pressure).
I recommend starting with 2 cups of water because you may need to adjust the amount of liquids. If you’re following this recipe exactly, you’ll end up adding 6 cups of water total.
2. Rinse the Beans
While the water is heating up in your pressure cooker, open your bag of 15 bean soup mix and pour into a colander and rinse under running cool water. Be sure to look for any pebbles or dirt that might have been left behind. Once rinsed, add the beans to the pot as well.
3. Dice the Onion and Garlic
Then you’ll dice up one whole onion and 4 cloves of garlic. Add the onion and garlic to the pressure cooker, followed by salt and pepper.
4. Add the Ham Bone
Next, place your ham bone (frozen or thawed) into the pressure cooker. But, you should know, the ham bone does not have to be thawed! (Amazing, right?!) Now, assuming you have room in your pressure cooker, add four additional cups of water. Be sure you don’t overfill your pressure cooker.
5. Seal it and Cook It
Finally, you’ll secure the lid on the Instant Pot, making sure the vent is closed. Press the Bean button and adjust the time to 35 minutes.
When the cook time is up, your Instant Pot will make an audible sound. Allow natural release for 20 minutes, then carefully remove the lid and behold, your amazingly delicious and quick Instant Pot Ham Bone and 15 Bean Soup!
Ready to Eat
Now you just need to carefully remove the ham bone from the soup. Any meat left on the bone should be literally just falling off. You can add the ham back to the soup and discard the bone.
If you like the seasoning and thickening that you get from the little seasoning packet that’s typically included in the 15 bean soup mix, you can add that to the soup now. Give it a good stir and let sit for a few minutes before serving.
What spices taste best in ham and bean soup?
I used a seasoning packet, so that takes all the thinking out of it. But if you like creating your own seasonings, try these combinations in your soup.
- Rosemary and thyme
- Herbs de Provence
- Bay leaf
Optional Vegetables to add to the soup
My husband doesn’t like vegetables in his soup, so the only veggies in it are the onion and garlic.
But if you want to add some vegetables, try these:
Better yet, make cornbread in your Instant Pot to go with your ham bone and bean soup! I found this amazing Pressure Cooker Jalapeno Cheddar Cornbread recipe from Marci on Tidbits. I’m just dying to give it a try! If you try it, be sure to let us know how you liked it!
Instant Pot Ham Bone and 15 Bean Soup Recipe
- 1-20 oz bag of HamBeens 15 Bean Soup Mix
- 6 cups Water
- 1 Onion diced
- 4 Garlic Cloves chopped
- 1 ham hock
- Place 6 cups water in electric pressure cooker pot.
- Rinse beans and add to the pot.
- Add diced onion, chopped garlic, salt and pepper
- Add ham bone to the pot.
- Secure the lid.
- Press Bean button and adjust time to 35 minutes.
- Allow natural release for 20 minutes.
- Carefully open lid. Remove ham bone, adding any meat back to the soup and discard the bone.
- Optional: Add spice packet to soup and stir.
Instant Pot Recipe App
That reminds me, you know the saying, “There’s an app for that!” Well, guess what? Instant Pot now has a free recipe app. It’s available on the Apple Store and Google Play. I recently shared a post on The Birch Cottage blog outlining the current features of the Instant Pot Recipe App. You can also read more about it on Instant Pot’s website.
More Instant Pot Recipes & Articles
If you liked this Instant Pot recipe, you might also like this recipe for Instant Pot Chicken and Dumplings or these other posts from The Birch Cottage:
- What’s an Instant Pot?
- Favorite Instant Pot Accessories
- Barbecue Sauce & Grape Jelly Crock Pot Meatballs
I imagine with spring still a few months away, I’ll be making this Instant Pot Ham Bone and 15 Bean Soup a few more times! I’m hoping to make the cornbread in the next few weeks, too. If you make this soup, I’d love to hear about it! Please come back and leave a comment below!
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Updated October 2020.
Fabulous! Added a bay leaf, no salt and then cut up carrots at end with honey baked ham bone meat. I used a 7 bean mix that had lentils in it as well.
Oooh! Those changes you made sound delicious, Denise. Thank you for taking the time to let us know.
I just made this for the family and it was delicious.
Oh yay!! We’re so glad to hear it, David. Thank you for taking the time to let us know.
Those beans from Amazon are $10 not including shipping! Can you offer and alternative for just using dried beans, your choice? Thanks,
Thanks for letting us know about the current pricing on bean soup. Amazon also currently has the HamBeens 15 Bean Soup mix available as a two pack for $13.29 with free prime shipping.
You may also be able to find it in your local grocery store for less.
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Is the bean button the same as the pressure cook button I want to make sure my beans are done very well, can I increase the cooking time a bit?
Hi, Jean! Yes, the bean button is the same thing. It’s actually just a preset that is built into the InstantPot. You can accomplish the same thing by selecting manual and cooking on high pressure for 35 minutes. Then be sure to use the natural release for 20 minutes.
Hope this helps!
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I have already soaked the beans overnight. Do I use the instant pot or do regular pot or crock pot now?
Hi, Kay! That’s a great question. I did a little research and found a couple of different recommendations. What I think I would recommend is to decrease the pressure cooking time by 10 minutes. So, pressure cook on high for 25 minutes, then natural release for 10. If your beans aren’t tender enough, you’ll want to re-seal and pressure cook for maybe another 5 minutes.
I tell you, I love this bean soup and making it in the pressure cooker is just such a time saver! Plus, you can follow this same recipe for pretty much any dry bean soup.
Please come back and let us know how this worked for you!
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I was pleasantly surprised how great the soup tasted. I was skeptical the beans would be cooked in such a short amount of time. I did not alter the recipe & we loved it. This will be the only way I’ll make ham & bean soup from here on out.
Hooray! So glad you loved it, Cheryl and will make it your go-to ham and bean soup recipe from now on. Thanks for letting us know.
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