Instant Pot Ham and Bean Soup – Made With Leftover Ham Bones

Instant Pot Ham and Bean Soup – the perfect way to use that leftover ham bone!

After a big ham dinner, I always throw the bone and any bits of meat falling from it in a ziplock bag in the freezer.

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A bowl of delicious Instant Pot ham and bean soup.

I typically pull it out and throw it in the crock pot or Instant Pot, along with a few frozen vegetable remnants, and make stock.

But this year, I decided that I would use up the frozen ham bone in a different way. It was time to make Instant Pot Ham and Bean Soup.

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A frozen ham bone just out of the freezer.

To be honest, I have never been a fan of bean soup. The dislike stemmed from my childhood.  I remember that distinct smell as I walked into the house as a child as it cooked on the stove.

I had never even taken a bite of ham and bean soup. But the smell immediately had me begging for my neighborhood friends to invite me to dinner.

I have since learned to love all types of beans, especially if they are made in the Instant Pot. The texture and flavor are more tolerable to me than when they are made on the stovetop or in a slow cooker.

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All the ingredients are in the Instant Pot – including the frozen ham bone ready to be cooked.

So this year, I decided to pull out that frozen ham bone and give Instant Pot Ham and Bean Soup a try.

WOW!!!!!  I have been missing out on the amazing flavor of this soup for years!

An added bonus for me….the smell is kept within the Instant Pot until it is time to open up the valve and lid. And since it has completely cooked, the smell of beans cooking on the stove isn’t the predominant smell. It is complimented with the smell of the ham and veggies.

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A delicious spoonful of ham and bean soup.

So next time you have a ham bone and aren’t sure what to do with it, you must give this Instant Pot Ham and Bean soup a try! It’s made in minutes and is absolutely, mouth-watering delicious!

Enjoy!

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Ham and Bean Soup
Delicious ham and bean soup made with leftover ham bones/meat in the Instant Pot.
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instant pot ham and bean soup
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients to the liner of the Instant Pot. Stir.
  2. Put the lid on, and knob to sealing.
  3. Press the Beans/Stew button or Pressure Cook/Manual on high for 50 minutes.
  4. When the cooking time is up, push cancel to turn off the pot and natural pressure release for 20-30 minutes.
  5. Quick pressure release any remaining pressure with a controlled release done in short spurts.
  6. Remove ham bones and bay leaves and stir.
Recipe Notes

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Instant Pot Ham and Bean Soup – Made With Leftover Ham Bones
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12 thoughts on “Instant Pot Ham and Bean Soup – Made With Leftover Ham Bones

  • August 29, 2018 at 5:31 pm
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    Hello! So since you specified 1 lb of beans, instead of cans, I’m guessing that you put them in dry? Or am I assuming wrong?

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    • August 29, 2018 at 5:35 pm
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      Yes, the recipe is for 1 lb. of dried beans.

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  • October 17, 2018 at 10:29 am
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    If you like all types of beans dry 10 bean mix works for this meal very well

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    • October 17, 2018 at 12:12 pm
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      Great tip! Thanks for sharing it with us – I will have to give that a try.

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  • January 6, 2019 at 12:47 pm
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    Question. If the hambone isn’t frozen… Same cook time?

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    • January 6, 2019 at 1:10 pm
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      Yes, the cook time will remain the same.

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  • January 24, 2019 at 1:46 am
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    Can I use chopped ham in leu of hambone?

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    • January 24, 2019 at 1:24 pm
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      Absolutely!

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  • January 24, 2019 at 2:53 pm
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    Made this for dinner last night and everyone loved it! One comment – this recipe is a keeper Mom, don’t loose it!

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    • January 24, 2019 at 4:07 pm
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      I am so glad that you enjoyed it!

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  • February 4, 2019 at 9:41 pm
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    Will this work for 6 quart instant pot? I’m just learning and didn’t want an explosion lol.

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    • February 6, 2019 at 7:50 am
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      Absolutely! We use our 6 quart for this recipe all the time.

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