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!
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 and was even delicious the next day for lunch. We’ve got a lot more easy Instant Pot recipes here too. (originally published 5/18, affiliate links present)
You only need a few ingredients to make pressure cooker ham and beans (or ham and bean soup if you will).
- 16 oz. dry Northern beans
- NO need to pre soak the beans
- Diced ham
- Chicken or vegetable broth
- Carrots would be a great addition as well
- Bay leaves optional
In case you don’t have an Instant Pot we have instructions for slow cooker ham and beans here as well.
- 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.
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.
- Black eyed peas and ham in your electric pressure cooker are fabulous year round
- Pressure cooker chili with dry beans uses a 13 bean mix and is great with baked potatoes
- Instant Pot split pea soup recipe takes just 17 minutes and is great with a ham bone
- Crockpot baked beans are way easier than you might think to make
- Pinto bean soup is similar to this with a few variations.
You can find over 100 more easy Instant Pot 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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Pressure Cooker Ham and 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). If you're using canned beans you would skip this step and start with adding vegetables below with your canned beans.
- Do a quick release, 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!