We love southern comfort food in our home and one of our favorites is a big pot of White Beans with ham. It just makes such a great meal every time I make it. And now that I know how to make it in the Instant Pot, it takes much less time and the flavor seems to be so good!
Having white beans or great northern beans for a meal is so economical and is known as the “Poor Mans Meat”. Like all legumes, great northern beans are a high-protein, low-fat source of a wide array of nutrients. A 1 pound bag of beans will feed many. This meal is such a win-win.
One secret I have learned over the years is to soak the beans. I will put the beans in a bowl in the morning, cover with water and let sit for several hours until time to cook in the Instant Pot.
Another reason to soak the beans is it will pull a lot of starch from the beans. After they have soaked all day, I will pour them in a colander and run cold water over them to rinse the starch off.
My recipe is very basic and you can add different spices, maybe some greens. If you don’t soak your beans, just add 5 minutes to the cooking time. If you can’t find Great Northern Beans, you can substitute with Navy Beans.
Add ham to the beans and serve with cornbread and you have the perfect hearty meal.
- 1 - 1 lb bag of Great Northern Beans
- 1 carton of Chicken Broth
- Salt and Pepper
- Ham chunks optional
- Place the beans in a bowl, add water to about an inch or more over the top of the beans. Let soak all day until time to cook.
- Pour beans in a colander and rinse with cold water.
- Pour beans in Instant Pot.
- Add one container of Chicken Broth. If the broth doesn't cover the top of the beans, then add some water. The Instant Pot will make juice during the cooking process.
- Add salt & pepper and ham chunks if desired
- Place lid on top. Make sure the vent on top is set to "sealing"
- Set to Manual for 30 minutes
- When cooking time is over, either let the steam release naturally or do a quick release.
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I’m just a country girl loving my geeky life with my wonderful husband, always taking pictures, getting my hands dirty in the garden, being crafty, exploring with travels and enjoying all this on a budget. But above all, living my faith as a child of God!