Instant Pot: Northern Bean and Ham Soup

I often forget I’m a blogger.  I get in the middle of things and suddenly think “crap-I forget to take step by step photos”.  That happens to me an extra lot when it comes to cooking in the Instant Pot….another problem, I don’t really cook with recipes.  I make things up as go.  I’m writing this recipe down for all of you but I’ll likely never look at the recipe again….what I have in the house for ingredients is what gets thrown in.

Here’s a peak at the soup all finished but let me explain my cooking….

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We had left over ham in the refrigerator.  It needed to get used up….so I went to the cupboard to see what kind of dried beans I had.  Great Northern beans are an awesome compliment to ham and I had some, so that was perfect.  I put the beans and ham in the Instant Pot.  I added some chopped carrots  and celery (both also in the refrigerator and needed to be used)  I chopped a large onion and added that too.  I added salt (only a half teaspoon as the ham was salty), pepper and 2 Tablespoons of ham soup base.  Then I filled the water to the 3L line….about 7 cups worth.

I put the lid on, closed the release and pushed the beans button.  I don’t pre-soak my beans at all.  Then I went and sewed.  I came down two hours later.  The timer had gone off and the  Instant Pot had kept the soup warm.  I opened it up and didn’t need to release the pressure as it had naturally released.

I fished out the ham pieces and cut them up returning them to the pot.  The soup now looked like this…

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It would have been fine with me but Hubby is not a soup lover.  He tolerates it as I love it so much.  Hearty soups like this I can pass by him much easier.  To make it even better for him I decided to thicken the juice a little bit.

I turned the Instant Pot onto saute.  I mixed 2 Tablespoons of corn starch in 1/4 cup water.   Then I stirred it into the soup.

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This thickened the liquid making the soup appear even heartier.

The soup was wonderful!!

Teasingly I told Hubby that if he dies first I am going to buy another set of 4 cup Pyrex containers and make soup and freeze it so I can pull it out whenever I want some.  I told him the freezer will likely be filled with frozen soup and I’ll eat soup for most every meal from fall to summer.  I also jokingly said I would love to be the soup maker for a restaurant.   He laughed and said he believed me.

The Instant Pot makes soup so easy.  In my before Instant Pot life I would try to make soup but my busy life always had me burning it.  To date, I have NEVER burned anything in the Instant Pot.  If you’re looking for some good hearty comfort food for a cold day, this certainly fits the bill!