My normal procedure for making ham and beans is to soak the beans overnight then throw them in the slow cooker for the day with other stuff. I’ve been reading how you can cook dry beans without the overnight soak in the Instant Pot so I thought I would give it a shot.
- I rinsed and sorted the beans–throwing out the bad beans. I put the beans in the pot and then dumped in 2 pounds of ham cut into cubes. I covered the whole thing with some of the lovely chicken broth I had saved from cooking chicken in the magic pot until the beans and ham were well covered.
- I dumped in 2 lids full (4 Tbl) of Tastefully Simple Onion Onion, and 1/2 lid (1 Tbl) of Tastefully Simple Garlic Garlic.
- I set the pot to 50 minutes on the SOUP button.
- And….walked away….. (just a word to the wise here–this was my first time to have the pot pretty full of liquid. It took quite a while to come to pressure. Probably half an hour or so. The whole cooking/pressure releasing process was about 1.5 hours)
- When it was all done cooking, I let it naturally release and lo and behold–we had yummy bean soup! I served it up on some cornbread baked in my trusty cast iron skillet and topped it with some fresh cut sweet onions. Yum!
Ham and Beans in the Instant Pot
Rinse and sort dry beans. Add beans to Instant Pot. Add ham cubes to pot. Pour in enough chicken stock or broth to well cover the beans and ham. Stir in spices. Set pot to SOUP for 50 minutes. Allow pressure to naturally release.