Learn how to make this Instant Pot Ham Bone and Bean Soup recipe! Winter is in full swing here in Ohio, which means it’s time for soup! 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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Hello, dear Kenarry readers! I’m Pam from The Birch Cottage where I share family friendly recipes, DIY projects, craft tutorials and lots of free printables. However, you’ll find me right here on Kenarry: Ideas for the Home each month sharing ideas, like How to Paint Terra Cotta Pots, How to Make Coasters from Ceramic Tiles and this 15 bean soup pressure cooker recipe!
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 left over from Christmas dinner and a couple of bags of 15 bean soup mix in our pantry just waiting to have a little party!
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!
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! Dumbfounded almost! 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!
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.
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.
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. Finally, 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.
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!
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.
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!
- 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.
By the way, 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:
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!
Til next time…
Pam is the creative behind The Birch Cottage, a lifestyle blog with an emphasis on family-friendly DIY projects, recipes, tutorials and family. An accounting clerk by day and a self-proclaimed Pinterest addict by night, you are sure to find creative ideas and meal inspirations at The Birch Cottage.