The instant pot bean soup is a recipe very easy to make. It is a winter soup made with canned white beans that are both delicious and healthy. Bean soup is perfect comfort food for cold days, with the addition of croutons, it becomes a truly tasty complete dish.
The bean soup is one of the dishes with tradition. It was part of the diet of the countrymen, our grandparents, who cooked the food cultivated in the garden. Today, we bind the tradition with modernism. I will share with you the century-old recipe prepared in the instant pot – the modern cooking tool.
This rustic bean soup is the perfect dish for those who want to bring something simple but very tasty to the table. Just like other country dishes, will find yourself in front of a bean soup rich in taste and aroma made easily in the instant pot.
Are beans healthy to eat?
Beans have beneficial properties for the body and are allies for the health of those who consume them regularly.
Composed mainly of carbohydrates, beans are an excellent source of fiber and vegetable protein, so much so that they have the nickname “meat of the poor”. They contain a variety of vitamins and minerals mainly supplying potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, vitamin C, vitamin B3, and folate.
Several observational studies have associated the consumption of beans with the lower risk of developing overweight and obesity, thanks to the fiber and protein content.
Why do beans cause flatulence?
Beans provide a good supply of protein, are nutritious but also cause flatulence. It is an embarrassing side effect due to some sugars contained in the legume. When these molecules arrive in the intestine they are broken down by the colon bacteria. That how the gas is formed, which inevitably, must be expelled. Despite the unpleasant side effects, nutritionists recommend consuming the beans daily.
For those who are afraid of eating beans or legumes in general, due to the gas, they can create in the belly, the trick is to add a bay leaf to the cooking water. This way you can enjoy your soup in complete tranquility.
Ingredients for the instant pot bean soup
The main ingredient for the soup is the bean. I used canned beans because of the obvious reason, the time, it is very simple and handy. However, if you have dried beans, go ahead and soak them in water for a few hours, then boil them at low heat for a couple of hours always adding water any time it evaporates.
I like this recipe because it is versatile, you can add an ingredient that well pairs with the beans, or skip something you’re not happy about. The carrots, celery stalks, onion, bell pepper – they all make will make a great instant pot soup. See exactly what you need for the soup:
- 2 cans white beans. You can use black beans as well, or mix them.
- 1 celery stalk
- 1 carrot
- 1 onion
- 1 bell pepper
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- 1 bay leaf
- 2 cups broth or water
- Some spinach leaves
The products needed for this instant pot bean soup are basic, easily found in any grocery store, moreover, if you look around in your kitchen drawers and fridge, you probably already have it all.
How to make the instant pot bean soup?
Start by preparing the legumes, peel, and wash accordingly. Turn on the instant pot, select the “saute” regime. While it is preheating, you take care of the vegetables, dice them all evenly.
For that, you will need a sharp knife and a cutting board.
Pour a few tablespoons of olive oil into the instant pot and let it heat up. Put in the diced onion to brown first, in about 1 minute add the diced carrots and let it saute together for about 2 minutes. Later on, add the diced bell pepper. One minute later add the canned beans and the spices. Smoked paprika and granulated garlic make a good flavor anchoring. Don’t forget about the salt and pepper. Finally, pour in the broth or hot water and add the baby spinach leaves. Close the lid of the instant pot, bring it to a boil, check for seasoning, and call it done. Press the “cancel” button and release the steam.
As you can see the instant pot bean soup is a very easy recipe to make, it is made of simple ingredients with the help of the best kitchen adjutant one can dream of – the instant pot. See other instant pot recipes you might like such as the Instant Pot Pork Chops with Mushroom Gravy Recipe, Instant Pot Pork Stew, or the Instant Pot Chickpea Coconut Curry.
How to serve the instant pot bean soup?
Pour the soup while still hot in a deep bowl and serve it with some grilled bread or a couple of croutons. Sink the dried pieces of bread into the soup, let it soak well the liquid and become super most, then serve it along with some beans and vegetables.
The rustic instant pot bean soup can be as well prepared with sausages for a more scrumptious and hearty version.
Instant Pot Bean Soup Recipe
- instant pot
- 1 can beans white
- 1 onion
- 1 carrot
- 1 stalk celery
- 1 bell pepper
- 1 handful baby spinach
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tsp granulated garlic
- 1 tsp smoked paprika
- 1 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 cups vegetable broth or water
- Prepare the legumes, wash, and peel
- Set the "saute" program on the instant pot. Wait till preheated
- In the meantime dice all the vegetables evenly
- Add 3 tbsp of olive oil to the pot
- Add the onion, then the carrot, then the celery. Saute for about 5 minutes
- Add the beans, season, and add the broth or water. Sprinkle with baby spinach on top. the Close lid, bring to a boil (about 3-4 minutes) then press "cancel"
- Release steam
- Use a ladle to pour the soup into a bowl. Sink some croutons and serve with pleasure