Instant Pot White Beans

Instant Pot White Beans is a perfect solution for a hearty meal to feed many or if you are wanting to save money at the store.

Instant Pot White Beans is a perfect solution for a hearty meal to feed many or if you are wanting to save money at the store.

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.

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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 them with water, and let them 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.

Instant Pot White Beans is a perfect solution for a hearty meal to feed many or if you are wanting to save money at the store.

Add ham to the beans and serve with cornbread and you have the perfect hearty meal.

Instant Pot White Beans is a perfect solution for a hearty meal to feed many or if you are wanting to save money at the store.
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5 from 3 votes

Instant Pot White Beans

Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Beans
Cuisine: American

Ingredients

  • 1 - 1 lb bag of Great Northern Beans
  • 1 carton of Chicken Broth
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Ham chunks optional

Instructions

  • 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. Inspect the beans for any discolored or damaged beans that need to be removed.
  • 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.

Notes

NOTE: If you decide to use beans that have not been soaking, add 5 minutes to the cooking time.
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Enjoy,

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19 Comments

  1. Oh, my daddy’s favorite bean. I sure do miss him. I love your post, but it brought back good memories of my daddy. On another note, I have got to get me an Instant Pot!!5 stars

    1. HI Kim. This was one of my dad’s favorite meals too and every time I use his cornbread stick pan, I think of him. He loved those. Always good memories.

  2. YUM! This looks so good. I am loving all the instant pot recipes I have seen lately. I need to get one.

  3. Oh man these look so good! I like all kinds of beans for the most part. I also love simple recipes so I will give these a shot 🙂

  4. There’s nothing like an easy tasty bean recipe like this. My grandmother used to make a very similar recipe using the crockpot, which she used all the time. Now I use my Instant Pot all the time the way she used her crockpot.

  5. Looooove white beans! This recipe makes them a total snap. I like to put chicken and tomatoes in mine with some herbs for a protein-packed meal. I didn’t eat these as a kid but totally making up for it now as a young adult. 🙂

  6. This sounds so filling and delicious and I love how quickly it comes together in the IP.5 stars

  7. Perfect timing! I got an Instant Pot for Christmas and I’ve been testing out all sorts of recipes in it. I’ll add these to the list. Great recipe!

  8. We all love beans in my house but it’s rare that we’d have them with ham. I’ll have to give this a try. Sounds perfect.

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