Instant Pot Ham Hock and Bean Soup is a hearty classic you can make in your pressure cooker. Great flavor from a smoky ham hock, thyme, garlic, and bay leaves. You don’t even have to soak the beans if you don’t want to! This pressure cooker ham hock and beans soup recipe is adapted from my mom’s.
Instant Pot Ham Hock and Bean Soup
I know there’s a month of Summer left, but I’m ready for all of the comfort foods of Fall! Pumpkin everything is already circulating online, so others must be feeling it too. So starts my Instant Pot Soup recipes posts!
Once again, I’m turning to my trusty Instant Pot to make this Instant Pot Ham Hock and Bean Soup. No need to have a pot boiling on the stove for a few hours, and I didn’t start it early enough to use my crock pot.
In the electric pressure cooker this soup only takes about an hour. That includes the warm up and natural release time. Not bad! Just keep in mind that old beans will take longer to cook.
It is almost impossible to tell how old beans are, so just cook the recipe per instructions, leaving yourself a 15 to 25 minute window of time in case you need to add more time.
Also, on a warm day, I’m not heating up my kitchen. I say that all the time, but it is a huge reason why I will choose to make something like this in the Summer!
This pressure cooker ham hock and beans soup is total comfort food, and sure brings back my childhood!
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Did you make this tasty Instant Pot Beans recipe? Please leave a comment with a star rating below. I’d love to know how you like it!
Instant Pot Ham Hock and Bean Soup can be ready in a little over an hour. Cook a tasty ham hock with navy beans and veggies for a delicious and comforting soup.
- 1 ½ lbs Ham Hock or meaty ham bone (I use 1 large ham hock)
- 1 lb Navy Beans* (dry, or soaked 2 hours)
- 6 cups Low Sodium Broth or Water, chicken or pork
- 1 large Yellow Onion, chopped
- 3 ribs Celery, chopped
- 3 Carrots, chopped (larger pieces for firmer veggies)
- 4 Garlic Cloves, finely minced
- 2 Bay Leaves
- 3 sprigs Fresh Thyme (or ¼ teaspoon dried)
- ⅓ cup Fresh Flat Leaf Parsley, chopped
- ½ teaspoon Kosher Salt
- ½ teaspoon Black Pepper
Add all ingredients to the inner liner of the Instant Pot. Stir (Make sure the beans are fully submerged so you don't get any crunchy ones).
Put the lid on, and set the steam release knob to the Sealing position.
Press the Pressure Cook or Manual button or dial, then the +/- button or dial to choose 45 minutes.
When the cooking cycle ends, turn off the pot and let it sit undisturbed to naturally release pressure for 20 minutes.
Carefully release the remaining steam manually, using short bursts at first to make sure the soup won't spew out of the steam release knob. When all steam is out of the pot, and the pin in the lid drops, open the lid facing it away from you.
Serve hot with some nice bread or rolls.
*I soak my beans for 2-4 hours and use 40 minutes cook time for this recipe. If you don't soak your beans, try 45-50 minutes and add more time if you need to.
• Old beans will need more cook time.
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I was unable to find either ham hocks or a ham shank, despite going to several stores, so I settled for a small smoked ham which I cubed. The only other change I made was to add spinach. It was simple, delicious, and even my picky teenage son really liked it too.
Made a batch of this this morning to have for meals this weekend and later. My kitchen smell so good right now! I did add a cup of chunky salsa to give the soup 🍲 a little punch.
Thanks for the great recipe posting.
Can I use Large dried Lima Beans for this IP recipe? I have a 4 qt IP.
Sure. The cook time may be different.
Love how Fast and flavorful this recipe is. The beans are creamy. Everyone enjoy the IP version as much as the regular long cooking time of the original.
I love this recipe! I used Cajun 15 Bean Soup dried beans, omitting the seasoning. It was great! Very colorful.
Followed the recipe verbatim using a Power Pressure Cooker XL on the soup/stew setting for 30 min as I soaked the beans overnight. Very easy and delicious! The only change was, after removing the ham bone, I transferred ~2~2.5c beans, puréed and returned to the pot to make the soup creamy. Can’t wait to try more of your recipes.
Do I change anything to double the recipe? Double the liquid? I am hoping it fits in a 8 qt. Thanks!
No, just double it if it fits in the 8 qt, below the max level, and not more than 2/3 full of beans.
Very pleased with this recipe! All store had was Ham neck bones, cooked for 50 min and natural release. Stirred pot after and every bit of meat fell off the bones. Bones also soft enough to get at marrow. Highly recommend!