Ham Bean Soup (Pressure Cooker)

"This is a quicker version of my Recipe #145910. The only real difference between this and the long simmering version is that you don't have to remember to soak the beans overnight, and the beans retain more texture. My dad loves the original recipe, and he declared this to be just as good."
Ham Bean Soup (Pressure Cooker) created by phyll2241
Ready In:
1hr 35mins



  • Put the ham bone in the bottom of the pressure cooker (I normally have to break mine into pieces so it will fit).
  • Pour the dried beans on top of the bone, and cover with cold water (don't fill your cooker more than 2/3 full). Sprinkle on the dried onion, garlic powder, and pepper.
  • Lock on the lid, bring to pressure, then reduce the heat and cook for 25 minutes.
  • Remove from the heat, and let sit for 15 minutes, before carefully removing any remaining pressure.
  • Remove the lid, pour in the can of tomatoes including their juice, and the ham pieces. Simmer for 20 minutes.
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  1. tveye1952
    Misleading and maybe even useless recipe. First of all breaking up a ham bone requires a bone saw, so good luck if you bone is bigger than the pot. Next, broth needs to be cooked separately, so that you can strain it of bits after you cook the bone. Then you'll want to cool it to skim the fat off the top.
  2. Donna F.
    Can I use can beans do I need to dump out the juice and rinse them?
  3. Phil L.
    Using this recipe as a guide I prepared a rich and delicious lima bean soup. I used 1-3/4 cups of dried lima beans, 1-1/2 cups of water plus one 14-oz can of chicken broth and two cloves of garlic. In addition to the ham bone,onion, salt and pepper called for in the original recipe I added two cloves of garlic and followed the recipe directions. When I opened the pressure cooker after 25 minutes the result was a thick, rich and delicious bean dish. I served it over rice and even my picky kids loved it.
  4. KateL
    Mild and mellow, and a put together in a flash. So when you find yourself with a meaty ham bone (or a ham hock or two, smoked or unsmoked), but don't want to fuss, this hits the spot.
  5. Serendipity Foodie
    The texture is wonderful. Made this soup according to recipe. It wasn't as flavorful as I would have liked. A little tweaking with Liquid Smoke, Penzey's Northwoods Seasoning, or perhaps Broth instead of Water? Love the 78 calories per cup.

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