Thursday, November 7, 2013

Bean Soup in the Pressure Cooker

 One of the foods that are frequently on the menu, in the fall and winter months, is soup!

One of my favorites is bean soup and since I bought a pressure cooker I make it a lot more often.

I have made it in the pressure cooker with and without soaking the beans prior to cooking.
I liked it a little better with the soaked beans.
There are two ways you can do this, if you plan ahead you can soak them in the fridge overnight. If you are like me, and rarely plan meals ahead of time you can wash the beans, put them in a pot, cover with water and heat to a boil, and boil two minutes. Turn off the heat, cover the pot and let sit one hour. Drain the beans.(optional)
If the beans are pre soaked you do not have to add as much water to the pressure cooker. I added just enough to cover the beans.

Bean Soup
6 cup pre soaked beans (I used navy and a 13 bean mix)
1 chopped onion
1 cup celery
2-3 carrots, diced
2 cloves garlic
Ham Hock or Shank


Place the ham hock or shank, beans, onion, celery, carrots, and garlic into the pressure cooker.
Add enough water to completely cover the beans. Place the lid in place. Set to high pressure and set timer for 30 minutes. When the timer goes off let pressure go down naturally.
Add salt to taste.

I have a large family and I don't mind leftovers so I do six cups of  beans. You could cut the recipe in half.
Don't fill your pressure cooker more than 2/3's full.
Soups on!

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  1. This looks wonderful for a cold, winter night with a big hunk of cornbread. I need to invest in a pressure cooker!

  2. I love soup so much! I've actually never used a pressure cooker (don't own one either!) because I'm a little intimidated by them. I need to get over my fear so I can make yummy things like this.

    1. No need to be intimidated. So easy, I love it. Especially the electric pressure cooker, you can put the food in and walk away, turns off on its own and keeps the food warm for you.

  3. Well that settles it this is what I am making today I do not have a pressure cooker but I will figure it out it may be for tomorrow in the crockpot but I NEED to have it now:) Thank you. B

    1. I have made this is in the crockpot and on the stove top. All taste good :)

  4. This looks good, I'm going to try it in the crock pot. as well.

  5. I would get a lot of brownie points if I made this for my husband! It sounds really good and I love the idea of cooking it in the crock pot. I think this is going to be my weekend recipe! I am so glad you stopped by and shared on our Four Seasons Blog Hop. And I love the header photo of the sheep - they are so pretty. Hope to see you next week!

  6. Perfect for the coming colder days -- thank you!

  7. Oh, yum! I love soup, and beans, and ham. Set another place at the table! :-)

  8. I absolutely love soups in fall and winter, and I'm learning a new thing---to use all of the eggplant that exploded from our garden this year as a thickening agent for our soups! It turns out fabulous and we don't even taste the eggplant (which is good for those in my family who wouldn't eat it otherwise).

    I'd like to invite you to share this post and up to two others at our From the Farm Blog Hop, which is live right now. Here's the link!

    From the Farm Blog Hop

    Hope to see you there!
    ~Kristi@Let This Mind Be in You

  9. This looks delicious, Sandra! I don't have a pressure cooker, but I see in the comments that it can be made in the slow cooker, so that's my plan. :-)
    Kathi at Oak Hill Homestead

  10. Yum!! I'm a fan of bean soup, but I'm the only fan in my house, lol!! I've never tried cooking in my pressure cooker so I'll have to make a small batch and try this soon! I love warm bean soup on chilly days with cornbread! :)

  11. This looks like a wonderful soup to enjoy as winter lingers on!

  12. I love bean soup, but I haven't tried it in the pressure cooker, just in the crock pot. We'll have to try it out! Thanks for sharing on the Homestead Blog Hop!


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