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Instant Pot Hambone Bean Soup

Instant Pot hambone bean soup is a richly flavored soup. This is a delicious leftover ham recipe. Don’t throw out your hambone. Use it to create this lovely homemade hambone soup.

This healthy soup makes a yummy meal that will last for days or feed a big crowd. Using your instant pot saves you recipe time, kitchen work and money!

I can think of few food combinations I like better than bean soup with ham bone. Smoky salty ham with beans makes a dynamite soup. And it’s full of nutrients.

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Hambone Bean Soup is so full of delicious smoky flavor.

Instant Pot Hambone Bean soup uses up your leftover meaty hambone. For the ideal health result choose a ham that is grass fed, organic and naturally processed if you can find one. Large meaty smoked Ham hocks will also make good Hambone Soup.

Watch Our Video on how to make this Delicious, healthy Hambone Bean soup!

This is old style cooking with a modern twist. Using pressure cookers for soups like this from bones is not new. The modern electric pressure cooker IS new. The electric pressure cooker is much safer and easier to use than the old stove top pressure cookers.
Instant Pot Hambone Bean Soup In A Bowl
Hambone Bean Soup

Make this soup with smoked Ham Hocks or your leftover hambone. It’s a very versatile soup. Use your favorite vegetables and dried beans. Even the instant pot cooking method is adjustable.

Kaytis’ Navy bean and Ham soup is one of our popular crock pot soups.  Easily Turn this recipe into Instant pot navy bean soup. Just follow the recipe and change the beans to navy beans. Or use great northern beans or any bean combination you enjoy.

Use either your instant pot slow cook function after making your hambone broth. Or make it with your soup function on high pressure. 

In a Stock pot my stove top Hambone Soup from Leftovers Recipe can take well over a day to finish. Using the instant pot brings the cooking time down to about three hours total. Without much pot watching. The electric pressure cooker has revolutionized our kitchens.

Instant Pot Hambone Bean Soup stretches your dollar, saves you time and pulls every nutrient out of your food.

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Hambone Bean Soup

Instant Pot Ham bone soup is satisfying and makes a huge pot of soup. Serve it for dinner and then store it in your fridge with the handy Instant pot Glass Lid. Or use the Instant pot silicone lid  (Make sure you get the correct size for your instant pot).

You will have fantastic leftovers throughout the week. OR you can choose to freeze your extra soup. Thaw it out for a quick busy night microwave meal, lunch or snack.

Making Hambone SoupA meaty hambone makes the base of good soup. Like this one for my Hambone Soup from leftovers. A stove top method. Use up leftovers!

Instant Pot Ham Bean Soup Recipe Notes:

So WHY are we going to the time and trouble of Cooking the Hambone into broth first?

Grass Fed Bone broth is VERY good for you. Our Instant Pot Bone broth post goes into that further and gets more detailed about making bone broth in general.

In a nutshell:

  • Cooking bones to the crumble or brittle point releases valuable health components into the broth.
    • Like minerals, amino acids, gelatin, collagen, chondroitin and hyaluronic acid.
    • TIP: Adding cider vinegar to the bones aids in the extraction of minerals.
  •  Your soup will gain an intense rich flavor by using the bones for your soup base.
  • You will be squeezing every last nickel out of your expensive company ham.
  • It’s simple and worth it!

This cooking process is easy on the cook.

Just throw the bones and water in the pot. Set it and forget it till the next step. Don’t worry overmuch if you have to leave and the bones are cooking in the pot.

  • The instant pot needs NO TENDING. The instant pot will shut itself off and automatically go to the warm setting for up to 24 hours. This makes is easy for you if you work or have to be away from your kitchen all day.
  • Make the broth before you leave. The instant pot will automatically natural release and hold the pot on warm for you after it finishes. The ham bones will keep adding flavor and goodness to your hambone broth while you are away. Just finish the soup when you are available.
  • Hambone Bean soup only needs 30 minutes under pressure, a natural release of 15 minutes and then quick release. Dinner is done and on the table in under an hour. And you spend most of that time relaxing or having a bit of family time.
Instant Pot Hambone Bean Soup
Instant Pot Hambone Bean Soup

It’s easy and safe to use your instant pot.

And you get a HUGE pot of nutritious ham and potato soup for your family. 

We are using DRIED Pinto beans in this recipe.

Talk about cheap, healthy, Retro cooking!  Dried beans are very inexpensive and so good for you. Learn more about why eating dried beans benefits you in this academic article.

This brings back the hambone soup recipes grandma made. I rarely make bean soup with hambone on the stove due to the time involved. The electric pressure cooker is a busy cooks friend.

Soaking the beans overnight and Boiling down a bone stock is just too much fussing over a hot stove. Hambone soup instant pot recipes are very simple and you can leave the pot alone. It will ding when it’s done. 🙂

Dried Pinto Beans
Dried Pinto Beans make a great ham soup.

Here is a link to the proper instapot cooking time for different beans.   

If you choose to substitute your favorite dried bean adjust the cooking time if needed. Beans usually cook in 25 to 35 minutes. Choose your favorites.

You can still make the soup as directed. Adjust the soup function to the amount of time your dried beans need to cook. How nice is that?

Looking for more bean soups? Try these:

Instant pot Bean and sausage soup

Instant pot Four bean Beef Stew

Navy bean and Ham soup

Instant Pot Hambone Bean Soup Instant Pot Hambone Bean Soup ready to make soup.


The SECRET ingredient to this soup is the Smoky Sweet mesquite seasoning. It’s from Costco. Follow the affiliate link and buy it on Amazon if you are not near a Costco. I really love this spice and find so many uses for it.

If you cannot find it you can substitute McCormick’s Smokehouse Maple Seasoning. Its found at most grocery stores. That little bit of smoky sweetness brings a richer fuller flavor to this recipe you will love.

Instant Pot Hambone Bean Soup
Instant Pot Hambone Bean Soup

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Yield: 12 - 2 cup servings

Instant Pot Hambone Bean Soup

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
natural pressure release and pressure build: 30 minutes
Total Time: 3 hours 15 minutes

Instant Pot hambone bean soup is a richly flavored soup made with dried beans, ham and veggies in a hambone broth. This very healthy soup makes a yummy meal that will last for days or feed a big crowd. Made it in your instant pot this recipe saves you time, kitchen work and money! 


  • 1 meaty hambone stripped of meat, (some meat is ok on the bones-just cut off the excess)
  • 3 quarts water, (More as needed to finish the soup)
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, diced or smashed
  • 2 large bay leaves
  • 2 cups dried beans, I used pinto
  • 2 Cups Chopped cooked ham, I used leftover spiral ham
  • 2 large carrots, chopped into bite sized pieces
  • 6 medium red boiler potatoes, chopped into bite sized pieces
  • 1 Cup Sliced crimini mushrooms, or any variety you like
  • 3 sprigs thyme , (or about 2 tsp dried)
  • 1 Tablespoon Sweet mesquite seasoning, (or Smokehouse Maple)
  • 1 tsp. salt, (to taste)
  • 1 tsp. pepper, (to taste)
  • 1 tsp. Apple cider vinegar



For the Hambone Broth:

  1. Put the hambone, vinegar, bay leaf, onion and garlic into the instant pot. Cover with the water.
  2. Seal the lid and press the manual button. Cook on high pressure. Adjust the time to 120 minutes. Quick Release when the pot is finished.
  3. Strain the broth and pull out the ham bone.
  4. Your broth is ready to make soup. 


  1. If you filled your instant pot to the maximum fill line you will have extra broth.
  2. I always make more bone broth than I need for this soup. I freeze the extra (about a quart) for my next bean soup.
  3. Ham broth freezes really well in a ziplock freezer bag or other freezer container.
  4. Remember to label the freezer bag with the recipe name and date.

For the Hambone Bean Soup:

  1. Pour ham broth into the instant pot to about one third full.
  2. Rinse the beans and pick out any debris. Pour them into the instant pot.
  3. Add all the remaining ingredients. 
  4. Pour in additional bone broth to reach the Maximum fill line if needed.
  5. Lock the lid and press the soup function key. Set to 35 minutes.
  6. Leave the pot alone 15 minutes after the pot dings to tell you it's done. Then quick release and remove the lid.
  7. Adjust seasonings to taste. Serve with salt and pepper and delicious Homemade dinner rolls.


This soup is perfect for using up extra vegetables you may have in the fridge. For example, Peppers and tomatoes are good choices for this soup. 

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 218Total Fat 3gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 2gCholesterol 30mgSodium 1038mgCarbohydrates 34gFiber 5gSugar 6gProtein 16g

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Instant Pot hambone bean soup is a richly flavored soup. This is a delicious leftover ham recipe. Don’t throw out your hambone. Use it to create this lovely homemade hambone soup.
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Instant Pot hambone bean soup is a richly flavored soup. This is a delicious leftover ham recipe. Don’t throw out your hambone. Use it to create this lovely homemade hambone soup.


Friday 4th of February 2022

Is the nutrition information for the bean soup or bone broth? Is the serving amount 2 cups? Great recipe! Thanks. =)


Friday 4th of February 2022

Hi Jill, We are so happy you enjoyed this recipe. The nutritional profile reflects a 2 cup serving of this soup. Your bean soup will have all the broth right in it. If you want a bone broth recipe that is separate from the soup Try our instant Pot bone Broth recipe. Thanks for stopping by with your questions. Happy Cooking!

Heather Arterburn

Thursday 13th of February 2020

The serving size just says "2". Does this mean 2 cups?


Thursday 13th of February 2020

Hi Heather, The serving size is 2 Cups and there are 12 servings for this recipe. Have a great day!


Tuesday 23rd of April 2019

I just made this soup and it came out perfect! I followed all of your instruction with some substitutions. ( I used black beans instead of navy and replaced the mushrooms with a can of chopped tomatoes. And I used chipotle powder instead of the sweet mesquite. I’ll definitely be using this recipe often, thank you


Tuesday 23rd of April 2019

Oh that's Wonderful to hear Bill. Thanks so much for sharing your experiences with this recipe and rating it for us. It's especially helpful to know how you substituted ingredients and your results. We really appreciate your input. Enjoy your soup and have a great day!


Saturday 20th of April 2019

Your instructions say to pressure cook on high 120 minutes. Just to clarify: you mean for 2 hours and zero minutes, right? Because my InstantPot does not actually have a way to input "120 minutes" - after 60 minutes it rolls over to hours + minutes (didn't know if you actually meant 1 hr 20 minutes which looks like 1:20)


Saturday 20th of April 2019

Hi Donna, Yes my read out is in minutes but I mean two hours. There are several different types of control panels these days. Thanks for checking. Happy Easter!

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