Instant Pot Ham and Bean Soup

Instant Pot Ham and Bean Soup Recipe (Pressure Cooker Ham and Bean Soup): Learn how to make this ham and bean soup based on pinto beans experiment with step by step instructions.

Make this Smoky Instant Pot Ham and Bean Soup Recipe (Pressure Cooker Ham and Bean Soup). No need to pre-soak the pinto beans with dump-and-go option. Super easy to make and deliciously comforting to eat!

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Any of you huge fans of the nice cool Fall/Autumn weather (aka Soup Season)?

Time to put away the tees & shorts, and dig out the Fall/Winter wardrobe!

But nothing beats a warm & flavorful bowl of homemade soup that satisfies the depths of our soul.

So, we’re more than thrilled to be working our way down our pages & pages long to-make list – and yes! It’s full of Instant Pot Soup Recipes!! 😀

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Instant Pot Ham and Bean Soup Recipe (Pressure Cooker Ham and Bean Soup): Learn how to make this ham and bean soup based on pinto beans experiment with step by step instructions.

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Smoky Instant Pot Ham and Bean Soup is one of our sweet readers’ favorites.

Rich smoky savory bean soup mixed with super moist, flavorful & tender ham. Love the combination & depths of flavors full of textures.

The Best part? No need to pre-soak or even quick soak the pinto beans!! How awesome is that?

You’ll Enjoy Instant Pot Ham and Bean Soup Because:

  • Super easy to make with simple ingredients
  • No need to pre-soak the pinto beans, and you can just dump-and-go!! Perfect for weeknights.
  • Comforting, homey, smoky, and delicious

Instant Pot Ham and Bean Soup Mini Experiment


Instant Pot Ham and Bean Soup Recipe (Pressure Cooker Ham and Bean Soup): Instant Pot Pinto Beans Experiment

What we look for in a great bowl of Ham & Bean Soup?

  • Texture: beans – fully cooked, a combination of tender with some chew + some being soft and slight mush (adds texture & body to the soup); soup – somewhat thick, full of body (not liquidy)
  • Flavor: smoky, savory, balanced with depths of flavors

Instant Pot Ham and Bean Soup Recipe (Pressure Cooker Ham and Bean Soup): Learn how to make this ham and bean soup developed based on our pinto beans experiment with step by step instructions and Instant Pot Recipe Video.

Instant Pot Ham and Bean Soup Mini Experiment Results


Pressure Cooker: Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cooker
Altitude: close to sea level
Pressure: High Pressure (10.15~11.6 psi)
Pressure Cooking Time: 30 mins, 50 mins
Release Method: Full Natural Release

We conducted 2+ tests with the same ingredients using different cooking times in our Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cooker.Instant Pot Ham and Bean Soup Recipe (Pressure Cooker Ham and Bean Soup) Experiment Results

Instant Pot Ham and Bean Soup Experiment Conclusions:

Using the results and insights from the above tests, we developed 2 options for making Instant Pot Ham and Bean Soup Recipe:

Option A – Dump-and-Go Version: Easy no fuss method where you place all the ingredients in the Instant Pot Pressure Cooker, then set-it-and-forget-it. Season, garnish, and serve!

Option B – Fancy Version: Those who want to kick the soup up a notch can use this method. You divide the pinto beans in 2 sets and pour them into the pressure cooker at 2 separate times. You can enjoy the best of both worlds from the 2 above tests – an overall flavorful dish full of body & texture.

Ingredients for Instant Pot Ham and Bean Soup


Instant Pot Ham and Bean Soup Recipe (Pressure Cooker Ham and Bean Soup) Ingredients

Garnish

  • Cilantro & minced tomatoes
  • Jalapeno pepper for spicy version

Tools for Instant Pot Ham and Bean Soup


Instructions for Instant Pot Ham and Bean Soup


Option A – Dump & Go Version:

Step 1
Clean Pinto Beans

Ingredient & Tool

2 cups (412g) pinto beans

Fine Mesh Strainer

Pick & remove the bad pinto beans.

In a mesh strainer, rinse & clean pinto beans under cold running tap water.

*Pro Tip: you won’t need to pre-soak or quick soak the pinto beans for this Instant Pot Ham and Bean Soup Recipe!

Step 2
Pressure Cook Ham and Bean Soup

Ingredients & Tool

1 (2lbs) smoked ham hock
2 cups (412g) pinto beans
1 (125g) small onion, sliced
6 (22g) garlic cloves, crushed
5 cups (1250ml) unsalted chicken stock
2 bay leaves
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 pinch dried oregano
Kosher salt to taste

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Instant Pot Ham and Bean Soup Recipe (Pressure Cooker Ham and Bean Soup): dump all ingredients in the Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cooker

Place 2 pounds smoked ham hock, sliced onion, crushed garlic cloves, 1 tsp ground cumin, 1 pinch dried oregano, 2 bay leaves, and 2 cups (412g) pinto beans in your pressure cooker.

Instant Pot Ham and Bean Soup Recipe (Pressure Cooker Ham and Bean Soup): pour unsalted chicken stock in the Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cooker

Pour in 5 cups (1250ml) unsalted chicken stock.

Close lid and pressure cook at

  • Pressure Cooking Method: High Pressure for 50 minutes, then Full Natural Release (roughly 20 minutes)

Open the lid carefully.

Instant Pot Ham and Bean Soup Recipe (Pressure Cooker Ham and Bean Soup): thicken soup by giving a few quick stirs with wooden spoon. Taste and season with kosher salt.

Thicken soup by giving it a few quick stirs with a wooden spoon. Taste and season with kosher salt.

Step 3
Garnish & Serve Instant Pot Ham and Bean Soup

Ingredients

Cilantro & minced tomatoes
Optional: Jalapeno pepper

Garnish with cilantro and minced tomatoes. Serve & enjoy!! 🙂

*Pro Tip: cilantro adds freshness & fragrance while the minced tomatoes add a fresh crunch to your spoonful of Instant Pot Ham & Bean Soup.

Instant Pot Ham and Bean Soup Recipe (Pressure Cooker Ham and Bean Soup): Learn how to make this ham and bean soup based on pinto beans experiment with step by step instructions.

If you want to spice it up, add in Jalapeno pepper. 😀


Option B – Fancy Version:

Step 1
Clean Pinto Beans

Ingredient & Tool

2 cups (412g) pinto beans

Fine Mesh Strainer

Pick & remove the bad pinto beans.

In a mesh strainer, rinse & clean pinto beans under cold running tap water.

Step 2
Pressure Cook Ham and Bean Soup

Ingredients

1 (2lbs) smoked ham hock
2 cups (412g) pinto beans, divided
1 (125g) small onion, sliced
6 (22g) garlic cloves, crushed
3 cups (750ml) unsalted chicken stock + 2 cups (500ml) unsalted chicken stock or water
2 bay leaves
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 pinch dried oregano
Kosher salt to taste

Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cooker

Place 2 pounds smoked ham hock, sliced onion, crushed garlic cloves, 1 tsp ground cumin, 1 pinch dried oregano, 2 bay leaves, and 1 cups (206g) pinto beans in your pressure cooker.

Pour in 3 cups (750ml) unsalted chicken stock.

Close lid and pressure cook at

  • Pressure Cooking Method: High Pressure for 10 minutes, then Full Natural Release (roughly 15 minutes)

Open the lid carefully.

Pour in the remaining pinto beans (1cup) and 2 cups (500ml) of unsalted chicken stock or water.

Close lid and pressure cook at

  • Pressure Cooking Method: High Pressure for 25 minutes, then Full Natural Release (roughly 20 minutes)

Open the lid carefully.

Thicken soup by giving it a few quick stirs with a wooden spoon. Taste and season with kosher salt.

*Pro Tip: this extra step of pressure cooking the pinto beans in 2 separate times will add texture, body, and depths of flavors. This creates an overall flavorful dish full of texture.

Step 3
Garnish & Serve Instant Pot Ham and Bean Soup

Ingredients

Cilantro & minced tomatoes
Optional: Jalapeno pepper

Garnish with cilantro and minced tomatoes. If you want to spice it up, add in Jalapeno pepper.

Instant Pot Ham and Bean Soup Recipe (Pressure Cooker Ham and Bean Soup): Make this ham and bean soup based on pinto beans experiment.


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Instant Pot Ham and Bean Soup Recipe (Pressure Cooker Ham and Bean Soup): Learn how to make this ham and bean soup based on pinto beans experiment with step by step instructions.

Instant Pot Ham and Bean Soup

Make this Smoky Instant Pot Ham and Bean Soup Recipe (Pressure Cooker Ham and Bean Soup). No need to pre-soak the pinto beans with dump-and-go option. Super easy to make and deliciously comforting to eat!
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 25 minutes
Total: 1 hour 35 minutes
Servings: 4 -6
Calories: 510kcal
Author: Amy + Jacky

Ingredients

Garnish

  • Cilantro & minced tomatoes
  • Jalapeno pepper for spicy version

Instructions

Option A - Dump & Go Version:

  • Clean Pinto Beans: Pick & remove the bad pinto beans. In a mesh strainer, rinse & clean pinto beans under cold running tap water.
  • Pressure Cook Ham and Bean Soup: Place 2 pounds smoked ham hock, sliced onion, crushed garlic cloves, 1 tsp ground cumin, 1 pinch dried oregano, 2 bay leaves, and 2 cups (412g) pinto beans in your pressure cooker.Pour in 5 cups (1250ml) unsalted chicken stock. Close lid and pressure cook at High Pressure for 50 minutes + Full Natural Release (roughly 20 minutes). Open the lid carefully. Thicken soup by giving it a few quick stirs with a wooden spoon. Taste and season with kosher salt.
  • Garnish & Serve: Garnish with cilantro and minced tomatoes. If you want to spice it up, add in Jalapeno pepper.

Option B - Fancy Version:

  • Clean Pinto Bean: Pick & remove the bad pinto beans. In a mesh strainer, rinse & clean pinto beans under cold running tap water.
  • Pressure Cook Ham and Bean Soup: Place 2 pounds smoked ham hock, sliced onion, crushed garlic cloves, 1 tsp ground cumin, 1 pinch dried oregano, 2 bay leaves, and 1 cups (206g) pinto beans in your pressure cooker.Pour in 3 cups (750ml) unsalted chicken stock. Close lid and pressure cook at High Pressure for 10 minutes + Full Natural Release (roughly 15 minutes). Open the lid carefully.
    Pour in the remaining pinto beans (1cup) and 2 cups (500ml) of unsalted chicken stock or water. Close lid and pressure cook at High Pressure for 25 minutes + Full Natural Release (roughly 20 minutes). Open the lid carefully. Thicken soup by giving it a few quick stirs with a wooden spoon. Taste and season with kosher salt.
  • Garnish & Serve: Garnish with cilantro and minced tomatoes. If you want to spice it up, add in Jalapeno pepper.
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Nutrition:

Calories: 510kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 42g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 126mg | Sodium: 352mg | Potassium: 896mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin C: 3.1mg | Calcium: 72mg | Iron: 3.8mg
Course: Dinner, Lunch, Meat, Soup, Super Easy
Cuisine: American
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SheilaD
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SheilaD

I made this recipe tonight and the boys LOVED it! I used the leftover ham bone from Easter dinner and doubled the recipe in an 8qt pot. Just like they said in a previous comment, I cooked it the same amount of time, but the natural release time was double. They came out perfect! Thank you both for another family favorite recipe!

Linda Tucker
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Linda Tucker

I want to try this recipe but I’m usually squeezed for time in the evenings so I thought soaking the beans should reduce the time needed to cook the ham and beans. How long would you recommend I cook the beans if I soak the beans while I’m gone during the day and then cook them in the the evening? BTW, I love your recipes and really am impressed by how you take the time to reply to practically every comment on your blog. That is GREAT!!!

Sue Bain
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Sue Bain

This is a great recipe. I tried the fancy option. A direct quote from my husband “I don’t normally like bean soup but that was pretty damn good.” Just a side note the beans weren’t completely done after the suggested time so I put back on high pressure for another 7 minutes and slow released for 10 min and it was perfect.5 stars

Mary Clegg
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Mary Clegg

Ladies this soup “rocks” and so do you! I made this and it was so good that my boyfriend took it home to share with all his roomies! I made it with a hambone and dried mixed beans and it turned out perfectly. I’m making it again today since it’s a cold day and I am home from work recovering from dental surgery… have to eat soft food today. Thanks again for all the great recipes I absolutely am loving my new pressure cooker!5 stars

Amanda
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Amanda

I tried this tonight and did the fancy method and the beans were not done. ?. Slipped a pizza in the oven for my ‘starving’ kids. I am sure they will taste good and consider dinner for tomorrow already made up! Lol. I put it them in for an additional 25 minutes. Not sure what happened- but they smelled delicious!4 stars

Susan
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Susan

Hi Amy and Jacky,
Your site is amazing!! Thank you for all the insightful recipes and cooking tips!

I have a ham bone from a sweet glazed, spiral sliced Christmas ham… would this work? Could I add some liquid smoke to make up for the flavor?

Thanks & hope your holidays were great!

Dean
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Dean

One of the best bean soups I’ve tried. So perfect for fall or winter meal.

Troy M
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Troy M

Thank you so much for this recipe. I was wondering if it is okay to use better than bouillon (has salt in it) instead of unsalted stock? Thanks!

Dennis
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Dennis

has anyone tried this with fish sauce?5 stars

Dennis
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Dennis

This was excellent, had to freeze some, but that was very tasty5 stars

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