Instant Pot Navy Bean Soup is a delicious blend of ham and navy beans cooked together in an Instant Pot until the ham is falling off the bone and the navy beans are perfectly tender.

bowl of Navy Bean Soup made with leftover ham

Instant Pot Navy Bean Soup

Navy Bean Soup is an after Easter tradition in my family. It’s an awesome way to use up that leftover ham, especially if you have a ham bone too! For years we have cooked Navy Bean Soup in a big stock pot on the stove. It takes all day but at the end you’re left with this amazing soup with beans flavored with salty ham, and tender pieces of ham that just falls off the bone.

Instant Pot Navy Bean Soup gives you all of those same awesome flavors in just 2 hours AND you don’t have to soak the beans!

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how to make Navy Bean Soup in the instant pot

How to Make Instant Pot Navy Bean Soup:

  1. Wash and rinse beans.
  2. Place beans, ham bone, cubed ham, and water in the Instant Pot. 
  3. Lock lid into place and turn the valve to SEALING.
  4. Set to HIGH pressure 90 minutes.
  5. When the timer goes off press cancel and do a natural release for 15 minutes.
  6. Turn the valve to release the remaining pressure, remove lid, and remove the ham bone, pulling any excess meat off of the bone before disposing of it.
  7. Serve and enjoy!

How to Make Navy Bean Soup on the Stove Top:

  1. Wash and rinse beans.
  2. Quick-soak the beans by putting them in a pot with enough water to cover the beans with an inch of water. Bring to a boil for a few minutes and then turn off the heat letting them soak for an hour. After soaking drain water and return beans to pot.
  3. Place ham bone, cubed ham, and water in the pot with the beans.  In this stove top version you should add enough water to cover the ham bone completely so if you may need more than the amount listed above depending on the size of your pot. 
  4. Bring to a boil and let cook for 5 minutes before turning the heat to low and placing a lid on top.
  5. Cook for at least 3 hours or until the beans reach the desired tenderness.
  6. Serve and enjoy!

Navy Bean Soup made with leftover Easter ham

Do I Have to Use a Ham Bone?

While a ham bone gives this soup lots and lots of flavor if you don’t have one and you’re craving a hot bowl of Navy Bean Soup you can buy a small boneless ham and cut it up to add to the soup.

I also add extra ham when the ham bone I am using doesn’t have a lot of extra meat on it. Feel free to add more ham or use less depending on how “meaty” your ham bone is.

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Servings: 8
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 1 hr 45 mins
Total Time: 1 hr 50 mins

Instant Pot Navy Bean Soup

Instant Pot Navy Bean Soup is a delicious blend of ham and navy beans cooked together in an Instant Pot until the ham is falling off the bone and the navy beans are perfectly tender.
bowl of Navy Bean Soup made with leftover ham
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4.25 from 4 votes

Ingredients

  • Ham Bone with meat on it
  • 12 ounces Ham, cubed (optional see notes)
  • 16 ounces Dried Navy beans
  • 8 cups Water

Instructions

Instant Pot Instructions

  • Place beans, ham bone, cubed ham (if using), and water in the Instant Pot. Note: Make sure that the water does not go past the max fill line. The amount of water used may vary based on the size of the Instant Pot and the size of the ham bone.
  • Lock lid into place and turn the valve to SEALING.
  • Set to HIGH pressure 90 minutes.
  • When the timer goes off press cancel and do a natural release for 15 minutes.
  • Turn the valve to release the remaining pressure, remove lid, and remove the ham bone, pulling any excess meat off of the bone before disposing of it.
  • Serve and enjoy!

Stove Top Instructions

  • Wash and rinse beans. 
  • Quick-soak the beans by putting them in a pot with enough water to cover the beans with an inch of water. Bring to a boil for a few minutes and then turn off the heat letting them soak for an hour. After soaking drain water and return beans to pot.
  •  Place ham bone, cubed ham, and water in the pot with the beans. In this stove top version you should add enough water to cover the ham bone completely so if you may need more than the amount listed above depending on the size of your pot.
  • Bring to a boil and let cook for 5 minutes before turning the heat to low and placing a lid on top. 
  • Cook for at least 3 hours or until the beans reach the desired tenderness.
  • Serve and enjoy!

Notes

Note: You do not have to add extra cubed ham if your ham bone has a good amount of extra ham on it. 

Nutrition

Calories: 254kcal, Carbohydrates: 34g, Protein: 20g, Fat: 4g, Cholesterol: 31mg, Sodium: 506mg, Potassium: 791mg, Fiber: 13g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin C: 12%, Calcium: 9.3%, Iron: 19.3%
Nutrition Disclaimer: We are not certified nutritionists. Nutrition facts are an estimate and are provided as a courtesy. They are generated by an online API which recognizes ingredient names and amounts and makes calculations based on the serving size. Results may vary.
Author: Kat Jeter & Melinda Caldwell
Course: Main
Cuisine: American
Keyword: ham and bean soup, instant pot soup recipe, leftover ham recipe, navy bean soup