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Instant Pot Pressure Cooker Ham and Beans

This is how easy it is to make pressure cooker ham and beans in your Instant Pot or Ninja Foodi. Make it into a healthy bean soup using leftover ham, or thicken it up. Load it up with vegetables and it is a complete meal that everyone will love. No soaking required to cook these Northern dry beans!

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I wanted to use our leftover ham from smoking it the other night and thought I’d attempt to cook some pressure cooker ham and beans! Using dry Northern beans and a few other simple ingredients it came out great. Just another easy Instant Pot recipes. (originally published 5/18, affiliate links present)

Just one of the Instant Pot bean recipes we share on The Typical Mom blog.

Seriously, leftover ham is so versatile. We make tons of things with it after the holidays like this and our Crockpot ham and potato soup too.

Let’s start with a few basic tips:

For reference, this is the pressure cooker I have and use for all recipe creations.

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These are the ingredients we used this time. Of course you can tweak the seasonings but I really like them subtle so you can taste the meat.

Instant Pot ham and beans

  1. 16 oz. dry Northern beans
    1. NO need to pre soak the beans
  2. Water
  3. Diced ham
    1. we used leftover ham after cooking a Ninja Foodi ham or Instant Pot ham
    2. or you could use a smoked ham hock and add in with beans
  4. Celery
  5. Chicken or vegetable broth
  6. Onion
  7. Salt
  8. Carrots would be a great addition as well

Bay leaves are optional. If you use them just remember they’ll need to be removed at the end of course.

leftover ham recipe

Here are a few questions you might have before you get going on this one.

Are ham and beans good for you?

Yes! Especially if you use dry beans they are low in saturated fat and cholesterol. It’s also a great leftover ham recipe so no food goes to waste. A super cheap Instant Pot recipe we love every year.

How do you make ham and beans less gassy?

You can soak them overnight in about 6 cups of water. Then you can decrease the initial cook time from 40 to about 20 minutes or until they’re nice and tender.

How do you thicken ham and beans?

I didn’t feel the need to add anything at the end but if you did use cornstarch, flour or arrowroot. Set to saute to boil again. In a small bowl whisk one of these with some water until smooth, then add in.

What is the bean setting on Instant Pot?

It is high. The pot will default to 30 minutes but then you can adjust that using the – or + buttons.

In case you don’t have an Instant Pot we have instructions for slow cooker ham and beans here as well.

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  • Ninja Foodi cooking times would remain the same as below.
  • Of course timing will vary depending on how many you’re making and how tender you like them.

If you’ve never made a pressure cooker bean soup from scratch it is really quite simple.

You can even cook things like Instant Pot black beans from dry that are great inside burritos or taco bowls.

I share Instant Pot cooking times for beans here so you can see how long dry beans take. Really it is no time at all using an Instant Pot, Crock Pot Express or Ninja Foodi!

pressure cooker times

Most take about 30 minutes to cook beans in an Instant Pot so they’re tender. If you like your beans on the softer side though, then aim for a 40 minute cook time. Add additional minutes for super soft.

  • That’s what we did for this Instant Pot ham and bean soup. I gauged the time off the white kidney bean timing.
  • Of course you can load this pressure cooker ham and beans recipe up with lots of vegetables! 

I made a video of how I make it and explain the Instant Pot buttons a bit for you here too, hope that helps. 😉

Watch how I make this healthy soup from scratch!

Once you are familiar with cooking with dry beans you should try these other Instant Pot soup recipes. Most can be made in 15 minutes or less. This one is longer if you choose to make from scratch.

Want to make this a different way and let it cook low and slow all day? We make Crockpot ham and beans all the time too! It comes out thicker like a stew almost and is killer the day after Easter.

Slow Cooker Ham and Beans

Black eyed peas and ham in your electric pressure cooker are fabulous year round

You can find over 100 more easy InstaPot recipes here too! Pressure cooking is the way to go nowadays with our busy lives. You can cook at high pressure for 20 minutes and have a complete meal done and ready to eat.

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Brief step by step directions are below. There is also a printable recipe card at the bottom of this post too.

Time needed: 50 minutes.

Pressure Cooker ham and beans

  1. Prepare beans

    Rinse dry Northern or white beans under water, put them into your Instant Pot with your 6 cups of water.

    Put lid on, close steam valve, and set to bean setting for 40 minutes. (timing will depend on how soft you like them but 40 works well for us). Then do a natural release for 5 minutes.

    If you’re using canned beans you would skip this step and start with adding vegetables below with your canned beans.

  2. Add ingredients

    Drain beans, and set aside. Add carrots, celery, diced ham, salt, diced onion, broth, and your drained beans back into your pressure cooker. Stir gently.

  3. Cook

    Put lid on, close steam valve, and set to pressure high for 10 minutes. Do a quick release, stir and serve!

  4. Thicken

    If you want it to be more like Instant Pot ham and bean soup don’t do anything. To thicken, whisk water with about 3 tbsp cornstarch. Set pot to saute, add when bubbling and serve when it’s the consistency you like.

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Pressure Cooker Ham and Beans

This is how easy it is to make pressure cooker ham and beans in your Instant Pot. Make it into a healthy bean soup using leftover ham, or thicken it up. Load it up with vegetables and it is a complete meal that everyone will love. No soaking required to cook these Northern dry beans if you follow these steps.
Course Appetizer, Entree, Main Course, Soup
Cuisine American
Keyword bean, easy, ham, healthy, homemade, instant pot, pressure cooker, recipes, soup
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 5
Calories 273kcal
Author The Typical Mom

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Rinse dry Northern or white beans under water, put them into your Instant Pot with your 6 cups of water.
  • Put lid on, close steam valve, and set to bean setting for 40 minutes. (timing will depend on how soft you like them but 40 works well for us). If you’re using canned beans you would skip this step and start with adding vegetables below with your canned beans.
  • Do a natural release for 5 minutes, drain beans, and set aside.
  • Add carrots, celery, diced ham, salt, diced onion, broth, and your drained beans back into your pressure cooker. Stir gently.
  • Put lid on, close steam valve, and set to pressure high for 10 minutes.
  • Do a quick release, stir and serve!

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Nutrition Facts
Pressure Cooker Ham and Beans
Amount Per Serving (4 oz)
Calories 273 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 34mg11%
Sodium 1492mg65%
Potassium 811mg23%
Carbohydrates 24g8%
Fiber 7g29%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 20g40%
Vitamin A 4150IU83%
Vitamin C 17.4mg21%
Calcium 105mg11%
Iron 2.9mg16%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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