Instant Pot Ham & Bean Soup

This is a recipe for Ham and Bean soup made in an electric pressure cooker. It can be made in a traditional pressure cooker if you don’t own an electric one. I own the Instant Pot which I love! I use it several times a week. It is a very versatile appliance and is so easy to use. Many people fear the pressure cooker, but there is absolutely nothing to fear with the Instant Pot. It is exceptionally user friendly!

This is a two step recipe beginning with dried beans.

Step 1:      

16-20 ounces dried beans, I prefer canellini beans

1 tablespoon salt

8 Cups water

Rinse dried beans. Add beans to Instant Pot with salt and water. Close the lid and make sure the valve is in the “seal” position. Press “Manuel” and time for 2 minutes. Allow a full NPR.

“NPR” – this means Natural Pressure Release, meaning that you allow the pressure in the pot to release on its own.

“Quick Release” – this means that once your cooking time completes, you release the valve and allow the pressure to release quickly, being careful to stay out of the way of the steam.

Step 2:

3 Tablespoons unsalted butter

1 large onion, diced

2 cloves garlic, chopped

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 ham bone or 2 smoked ham hocks

8 cups water

1-1/2 teaspoons dry mustard

Strain the beans and set aside. Add butter to empty Instant Pot on “sauté”, add onion and cook until soft. Add garlic and salt. Sauté about 1 minute. Press “cancel”. Add beans and ham bone or hocks, water and mustard. Place lid on and press “manual” and time for 12 minutes. Allow a NPR for at least 10 minutes. Remove bone/hock. Blend some beans with an immersion blender for thickness. Enjoy!

This is the immersion blender that I have. It is a Cuisinart, and it comes with a whisk and a chopper/grinder attachment as well. I absolutely love it and highly recommend it. Amazon has an amazing deal(only $38.95) on this right now as well! I am posting a link to it here for you if you are interested.



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