Instant Pot Ham and White Bean Soup

I think my favorite thing to make in my Instant Pot so far, has been soup.  I’ve made a lot of soups and my pressure cooker is my go-to for making chicken stock (or bone broth, if you prefer).  Instant Pot Ham and White Bean Soup is so easy and so good.  We love it.
Instant Pot Ham and White Bean Soup


  1. 1 pound dried Great Northern white beans, picked over and rinsed
  2. 1 tablespoon olive oil
  3. 1 small yellow onion, diced
  4. 2 ribs celery, chopped
  5. 1 medium carrot, peeled and chopped
  6. 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  7. 2 tablespoons fresh rosemary and thyme, minced or 2 teaspoons dried, or 2 teaspoons herbs de Provence
  8. 1 bay leaf
  9. 2 pounds meaty, smoked ham shanks
  10. 8 cups water
  11. 2 sprigs parsley


  •  Turn Instant Pot on sauté setting and heat olive oil in insert.  I use the medium heat setting for sautéing.  Add onion, celery and carrots and sauté until starting to soften, a few minutes.  Add garlic, stir a few seconds until fragrant, then add herbs and bay leaf, stir and turn off sauté function.
  • Add the dried beans to the pot along with the ham shanks.  Pour in 8 cups of water and combine gently.  Toss in 2 sprigs of parsley.
  • Close lid and seal pressure cooker.  Cook on high pressure and set timer for 35 minutes.  It will take about 25 minutes to reach pressure and then the timer will start.  When finished cooking, let pressure naturally release for 20 minutes.