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Monday, January 14, 2019

Ham and Beans in the Instant Pot

Make ham and beans in your instant pot for a satisfying meal. It's a great way to use leftover ham and there's no need to soak the beans!

bowls of ham and beans with corn muffins and instant pot

      It is ham and beans season! This great pressure cooker recipe allows you to make it much more quickly than ever before. You can have dinner ready in under two hours with no overnight soak. So get the cornbread ready!

      Do you only have ham on holidays? That is definitely not our style.

dry beans and ham bones in an instant pot

      I remember a friend being shocked when he at down at our dinner table one random Tuesday night and a spiral ham was waiting. We do enjoy a good ham, but it's really about the leftovers!

       There are so many great things you can make with what's left after the first meal. If nothing else it elevates your sandwich game. Lunch meat has nothing on an actual slice of delicious ham!

       The meat that doesn't end up in sandwiches can find itself in a number of our favorite dishes. There's everything from ham, egg and potato breakfast chimichangas to ham and broccoli pot pie.

instant pot filled with cooked beans

      Then there are the pasta dishes. We love them too!

       But the meat isn't the only valuable part of the ham, the hock just begs to be made into ham and beans!

      Usually I make my ham and beans in the slow cooker. It is a great recipe because it's a long slow cook, perfect for a workday. But I usually pre-soak the beans so it takes just a smidge of planning.

       I recently upgraded my pressure cooker game and added a 6 quart instant pot to the mix. So I couldn't wait to adapt my ham and beans recipe to a quicker instant pot version.

      It worked beautifully! I started with dry beans, some simple seasonings and a ham hock. No planning needed!

     I like to add fresh ham towards the end because I prefer the texture and flavor that way.  So after an hour of cooking, I removed the bone and bay leaf and added cubed ham.

bowls of ham and beans next to basket of corn muffin

      Just 15 more minutes of cooking is all you need to get soft beans, a creamy broth and perfectly cooked ham. Just remember to get those corn muffins in the oven so you'll be ready!

       I haven't tried it yet, but I'd imagine you could shave off some cook time if you did soak your beans first. You could soak them while you work and cook dinner quickly when you get home!

       What are your favorite ways to use leftover ham? How about favorite instant pot recipes? I plan to give ours a workout this year!

More favorite leftover ham recipes:

How do you thicken ham and beans?

If your broth is thinner than you'd like, just mash a few of the beans. The starch from the beans will help make the broth thick and creamier!

Storing your soup

Store leftover soup in airtight containers in the refrigerator for up to a week.  Ham and bean soup also freezes really well.

For easy lunches later, freeze it in single serve sizes. Defrost the soup overnight and then warm up when you are ready to eat it!

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Yield: 12 servings

Ham and Beans in the Instant Pot

Ham and Beans in the Instant Pot

Make ham and beans in your instant pot for a satisfying meal. It's a great way to use leftover ham and there's no need to soak the beans!
prep time: 10 Mcook time: 1 H & 25 Mtotal time: 1 H & 35 M


  • 2 pounds dry great northern beans
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 T chopped parsley
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 meaty ham bone
  • 8 cups water
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1-2 cups ham, in about half inch cubes
  • optional: 1/4 teaspoon cloves


How to cook Ham and Beans in the Instant Pot

  1. Place onion, beans, ham bone and seasonings in instant pot. Cover with water.
  2. Cook on high pressure for 1 hour, then quick release the pressure.
  3. Remove bone and bay leaves.
  4. Stir in ham and pressure cook for another 15 minutes. Quick release the steam again.
  5. Taste and adjust seasoning to your taste and serve with cornbread.
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Make ham and beans in your instant pot for a satisfying meal. It's a great way to use leftover ham and there's no need to soak the beans!


  1. I still don’t have an instant pot but ham and beans happen to be one of my favorite meals of all time. I request them from my mom all the time! Yours look absolutely delicious!

    1. Thank you! The instant pot makes it really quick and easy, but it's totally not necessary. I have a slow cooker recipe too ;-)

  2. I just love ham and beans! I will be making this for sure! Yum;)

    1. I love them too! This was such a quick way to do it!

  3. Beans and cornbread - YUM! I cooked for my aunt one day this week, and we had butter beans and cornbread among other country-style vegetables and goulash. But I could have just eaten the bowl of beans and the cornbread. Best kind of eating!

  4. We love a simple meal of beans. These ham and beans looks so delicious.

  5. Hi Carlee, ham and beans are perfect partners in recipes, unfortuantly big ham bones aren't easy to get hold of here so ham recipes like this are a treat. Which is a shame as this recipe is a proper winter warmer.


    1. It really is. I would think it would be ok without, but probably not as good!

    2. Toss in a smoked ham hock

  6. This is a great recipe for the Instant Pot, I just pinned it! Hope you are having a great week and staying warm. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  7. Do you have any suggestions for thickening the juice? I would like to be able to get the second day results on the first day. My beans although very flavorful don’t have the thickness like you get after sitting in the fridge for a night or two.

    1. If you mash just a few of the beans and mix them back in it will help thicken the juice and give you that next day texture on the first day! Enjoy!

  8. New here to instant pot cooking. We love ham and beans. Do you use the default normal pressure setting or adjust to low or high pressure?

    1. That is a great question! I normally just leave my IP on high pressure. I adjusted the wording of the recipe to clarify. I hope you enjoy the recipe and your instant pot!

  9. Would I cook it the same with ham pieces and no bone?

    1. That would work too. I would use chicken broth instead of water, if you have it. That way you get more depth of flavor.

  10. Hi Carlee. I've noticed other recipes cook beans for only 30min and you are cooking for over an hour. Is this because of the quantity of beans you have? I would only want to do 1lbs of beans instead of two; would that lessen the cook time?

    1. I like my beans really soft and creamy, so I probably cook them longer than they need. Of course making a big batch takes a little more time as well. You could certainly try a half hour and taste them. It's easy to add a few minutes of cook time if you think they still need it.


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