Instant Pot Ham and Bean Soup [VIDEO]

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet

Instant Pot Ham and Bean Soup is the perfect budget-friendly recipe, that can be made in just a few minutes using your Instant Pot. Hearty, healthy, delicious and with lots of flavors.

Making easy and comfort soups in the Instant Pot are a staple around here, like Pressure Cooker Lasagna Soup, Pressure Cooker Tomato Soup, and Instant Pot Baked Potato Soup.

Instant Pot Ham and Bean Soup

Easy Instant Pot Ham and Bean Soup

Instant Pot Ham and Bean Soup is one of the best comfort and easy meals to make. It will warm up your soul and give your body the nutrients it needs, because it is full of protein and veggies.

This recipe can be easily made with leftover holiday ham, but you don’t have to wait for leftover ham in order to enjoy it. I like to buy the cubed ham for this recipe and make it every time I crave a hearty and delicious meal.

This soup is made in a fraction of time when cooked on high pressure. I recommend using lots of veggies and herbs for this soup. It will make a huge difference and create a flavorful and aromatic meal.

Instant Pot Ham and Bean Soup Recipe

Herbs you will need to make the Instant Pot Ham and Bean Soup Recipe:

Adding the appropriate and right amount of herbs and spices to a meal can make the whole difference. Without these, the soup will still be good, but not great, more on the bland side. Adding the right mix of herbs will make the broth taste amazing and incredibly aromatic.

You can use fresh herbs as well, but I love to keep a stocked pantry of dried herbs. They blend well with this soup.

How do You Make Instant Pot Ham and Bean Soup using Ham Bone?

Easy Instant Pot Ham and Bean Soup

How to freeze Instant Pot Ham and Bean Soup:

  • I recommend using quart bags for this soup. First, use a cup to transfer the soup from the pot into the bag. Then, squeeze out excess air and seal the bags. The bags can nicely be stored in the freezer for up to 3-4 months.
  • To thaw the soup, remove it from the freezer the night before serving, or put the sealed soup bag in warm water to thaw it faster.
  • Heat in a soup pan and simmer for 5-10 minutes.

Instant Pot Ham and Bean Soup

What is a 10 Minutes Natural Pressure Release?

A Natural Pressure Release means that the pressure is released gradually. For a Natural Pressure Release, you click on Keep Warm, and wait 10 minutes, after which you open the valve and let any leftover pressure to release. Another option is to Turn Off/Unplug the pressure cooker, wait 10 minutes and after that open the valve.

A natural release is usually used when cooking soups, meat in a large amount of sauce, pasta or steel cut oats. This method prevents any foam from the dish to shoot out through the valve, which can happen during a Quick Pressure Release.

Instant Pot Ham and Bean Soup Recipe Video:

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Instant Pot Ham and Bean Soup
Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 8 bowls
Prep time: 25 minutes Cook time: 5 minutes Total time: 30 mins


  • 2 tablespoons  olive oil or vegetable oil 
  • 1  yellow onion  (diced)
  • 16 ounces  cubed ham 
  • 1 tablespoon  garlic  (minced)
  • 1 teaspoon  dried thyme 
  • 1 teaspoon  dried rosemary 
  • 1/2 teaspoon  marjoram 
  • 1/2 teaspoon  oregano 
  • 1/4 teaspoon  red pepper flakes 
  • 1 teaspoon  Kosher salt 
  • 1/2 teaspoon  ground black pepper 
  • 1 1/2 cups  carrots  (diced)
  • 2 cups  celery  (diced)
  • 1  bell pepper  (diced)
  • 2  cans  (15 ounces each white cannelini beans, drained and rinsed)
  • 3  bay leaves 
  • 4 cups  vegetable stock or chicken broth 
  • 2-3 cups  water 
  •  chopped parsley  (for garnish)
  •  bacon crumbs 


  1. Set Instant Pot to Saute.
  2. Once the IP is hot and the oil and wait for it to heat up.
  3. Add the diced onion and cook, stirring for 1 minute.
  4. Add the ham and brown it for 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  5. Add the rest of the ingredients, except the fresh parsley.
  6. Add the broth and the water. Add water in dependence of how thick you want the soup to be. Do NOT go over the Max line of your pot.

  7. Stir to combine.
  8. Cover and lock the lid. Make sure the valve points to Sealed. Change setting to manual and adjust time to 5 minutes on High Pressure, you can also do for 4 minutes on High Pressure for crunchier veggies.
  9. Once it beeps to show that it's done, do a quick release, by changing the position of the valve to Vent. Turn off the Instant Pot.

  10. Carefully remove cover, discard bay leaves and stir.
  11. Serve garnished with parsley and bacon crumbs.

0 Calories: 140 Carbohydrates: 8 Protein: 10 Fat: 7 Saturated Fat: 0 Cholesterol: 30 Sodium: 1542 Potassium: 193 Fiber: 1 Sugar: 4 Vitamin A: 4855 Vitamin C: 22.2 Calcium: 27 Iron: 0.8
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Instant Pot Ham and Bean Soup is the perfect budget friendly recipe, that can be made in just a few minutes using your Instant Pot. Hearty, healthy, delicious and with lots of flavor.

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30 Minute delicious meal for the family, can't beat that!


Shelley King

I just got an insta pot so this is right up my alley and exactly what I need to start up! This look really good but I am excited to try the Instant Pot Lasagna Soup!


I made this for a second time today. The first time was amazing! This time is good too but I did 5 minutes instead of 4 like you suggested. I should have stuck with my first one one like you suggested. The veggies are overcooked only because I added a minute. When I did it exactly how you said it was perfect. It's still good but I like it better with your time 4 minutes pressure cooking. Stick to the recipe and I'll be the best thing you ever made. Thank you and it's awesome recipe!


I Heart Naptime

Love instant pot soups! This looks so hearty and delicious!


Joely Smith

There's nothing better than a comforting ham and bean soup! It's one of my favorite soups! Yours looks great and I love the added veggies!



This is a must-make for sure!


Debra Hawkins

I love using m y Instant Pot! It makes life so much easier! I am going to have to try this out soon!


Katerina @ diethood .com

I love this!! Its SO hearty and delicious!! A must make!!



I have still not jumped on the instant pot wagon. I have heard so many great things about the instant pot. I guess I need to get on board!



Such a hearty and delicious meal! So easy with the IP!



This recipe looks so savory. My son would love this recipe, he’s a huge ham fan.



What a great soup that comes out of an Instant Pot! I have to try it!


Nichole Arnold

I really need to look in to the instant pot! So many rave about it and this recipe has me drooling!


Sara Welch

My mother used to make a hot bean soup. I need to try this one out!


Fatima Torres

I love soups, and this is one of my favorites. I have to be honest, I never thought to make soup in an instant pot. Now that I see this recipe, I'll have to try it this weekend. They say it's going to be a chilly one.



It's cold and wet outside - this just might be what we will be having for lunch today!



I love my instant pot for soups. I am going to check out the other recipes you have listed.


Aileen Adalid

I love soups and anything that's fast to make! So I'm already loving this! Thanks for sharing this with us :)



I don't have an instant pot. So will a regular pot work? I would love to make this.


yes, totally! Follow the instructions and simmer on medium heat until veggies are tender.


Chris S

I find when making ham and bean soup the regular way, it's so much better when cooking it with a ham bone. Is this the case with this version?


you can add a ham bone here too



Just made this recipe tonight and it was delicious! I used a fresh rosemary sprig instead of dried and used a ham hock in addition to the ham cubes. I also grated fresh Parmesan with the parsley. My kids gobbled it up! Shocking! Thank you!


I am very happy that you liked it!



Looks delicious!  How much does this make?  I am considering doubling in my 8 qt, if it’ll fit under the max line.


makes a good amount, serves about 6 people, 2 cups per person.


Judith Van Blargan

I have an instant pot many should I cut this recipe in half?


most likely yes, mine is a 6qt and was pretty full.



This soup was DELICIOUS! So flavorful -- and my family didn't even know they were eating so many veggies that I normally can't get them to eat!! I did use smoked salt flakes (my new "secret" ingredient!) instead of regular salt, which added a touch of smoky flavor.


Lauren L

How would I substitute dried beans for canned beans? XOXO


You would have to cook the beans separately and only after that add them to the soup.


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