Instant Pot Ham Bone And Bean Soup

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Instant Pot Ham Bone And Bean Soup. Ham bone soup is a delicious frugal classic soup that will make you want to clean the sides of the Instant Pot with some crusty French bread, in order to enjoy every last bit.

Instant Pot Ham Bone And Bean Soup

I know it’s 30 degrees plus for most of Europe now, the US is having a heat wave and here I am talking about Instant Pot Ham Bone And Bean Soup!

But hear me out a minute before you ship me off to the funny farm…..

In the summer I like soups, casseroles and stews. I cook them in either my Instant Pot, my Slow Cooker or my Soup Maker. The reason why is because they don’t warm up my house and when I am overheating they are really, really easy to make.

Then I can get some yummy fresh bread and dunk them when its cooked.

Most of the time during the summer it will be chicken or pork in a sauce with some vegetables. Think ragu or carbonara.

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But sometimes I like to mix it up a little.

Yesterday I wrote on the blog about how to shop frugally at the market in France and how I picked up some cheap just cooked ham shanks, and today I wanted to show you how to use the leftovers to make the most delicious ever Ham Bone And Bean Soup In The Instant Pot.

Visiting French Food Markets On A Budget

In this Instant Pot Ham Bone And Bean Soup recipe I am using the leftovers from the bone + a tiny little bit of the meat and fat.

But it gets even better!

Instant Pot Ham Bone And Bean Soup

At the time of making my Instant Pot Ham Bone And Bean Soup we are travelling around Europe.

We bought the ham shanks that we used in this recipe from a market in France and here I am writing up the recipe from a bar in Luxemburg.

Plus by the time I hand it over to Kyle for graphics we will be in Belgium and by the time it is published we will be in Holland.

Instant Pot Ham Bone And Bean Soup

I even got back ache bending over chopping up the celery on our make do table and chairs set, which is great for kids but never practical for us grownups.

Instant Pot Ham Bone And Bean Soup

We cooked it outside on our little table while camping. We had no fridge, no storage and it makes me realise that this recipe would be PERFECT for hotel rooms, camping, motorhoming etc.

Instant Pot Ham Bone And Bean Soup

Instant Pot Ham Bone And Bean Soup

The inspiration behind this Instant Pot Ham Bone And Bean Soup is that you are using up all your leftovers from your ham shanks and then increasing the size of your soup using a can of beans.

Then adding in whatever potatoes or vegetables you have available.

It reminds me very much of war time food and making sure that no food whatsoever is wasted.

The more you use up the better. I even used the juices from my can of white beans!

You can also alter this to the ingredients you have in, that way you don’t need to be spending money on extra groceries.

Instant Pot Ham Bone And Bean Soup

Instant Pot Ham Bone And Bean Soup in an instant! The perfect pressure cooker recipe using up all your leftovers. Frugal yet delicious and perfectly partnered with leftover French bread.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Soup
Cuisine: Soup Maker
Servings: 8
Calories: 115kcal



  • Peel the onion and the carrots. Dice the carrots, onion, potatoes and celery and place them into the bottom of the Instant Pot.
  • Pour in the beans making sure you don’t drain them first, that way your juices from the beans can be part of your stock.
  • Add 2 cups of water, along with salt, pepper and Italian Seasoning and mix well.
  • Add the ham bones on top and cook for 10 minutes on manual.
  • Use QPR (quick pressure release), to manual release pressure once it beeps. Remove the ham bones and stir the Instant Pot soup.
  • Add in Fromage Frais for that delicious creamy French flavour.
  • Serve with warm crusty bread.


After making a batch of this I was surprised by how much it made. There was five of us and I reckon it could have fed us twice. If we hadn’t been on the road I would have frozen some for later. If you like your soup thin then add more broth, if you want it thick then add more beans.
I was feeling cold when I did this ham bone and bean recipe so we went with thick! Sometimes I find that the Instant Pot reduces the flavour too much, thanks to going to pressure, if you taste it and you feel it needs it, then add extra Italian seasoning and salt and pepper at the end of the cooking process. We used 2 leftover ham shanks.
We kept a small amount of the meat to add to the flavour (about a tablespoon) and also used the leftover fat that nobody wanted. The size of my haricot beans is 400g but they can vary depending on where you buy them from. In this recipe I don’t peel the potatoes. Potato skin tastes delicious and also saves you on food waste and prep time.
If you have any meat leftover from your ham shanks then add it at the same time as the potatoes as it can enhance the flavour even more.


Calories: 115kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 0g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 47mg | Potassium: 803mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 5140IU | Vitamin C: 21.4mg | Calcium: 65mg | Iron: 5.3mg
Nutrition InfoPlease Note: Nutrition values are our best estimate based on the software we use at Recipe This and are meant as a guide. If you rely on them for your diet, use your preferred nutrition calculator.
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