This pressure cooker bean and bacon soup has lots of hearty navy beans, veggies, rosemary, and flavourful bacon in a warming broth. Top with freshly grated Parmesan cheese and you’ll have yourself one comforting bowl.
It seems that we’re still in need of all the comfort food! It’s still super cold out and warming soups with simple ingredients, like this Instant Pot® bean soup, is just where it’s at!
Truth be told, I can eat cozy food (like soup) year-round.
I’m all about comfy clothes, warm socks, and stick-to-ya-ribs comfort food.
There’s nothing better to me than being home with hubby and Riley, cooking up a storm, reading, or just simply relaxing.
What brings you comfort?
Why this White Bean and Bacon Soup is Great!
- It comes together in one pot for easy cleanup
- Uses some pretty basic pantry and fridge ingredients, like hearty beans, bacon, and veggies
- Of course, it tastes AMAZING!
Can I Make This Soup on The Stovetop Instead?
If making on the stovetop, I would still recommend picking over, soaking and cooking your beans before starting (especially if you opt for dried beans). You can even prep them the day before and store them in the fridge until you’re ready to use them.
Also, you’ll have to cook your veggies (celery and carrot) a little longer if you prepare this soup on the stovetop instead of in your pressure cooker.
Like with the pressure cooker method, first, cook the veggies a little and then add your broth. Bring to a medium-ish simmer, cover ajar and just cook ’em until they’re tender. Easy!
Note: Depending on how you like your beans, you may want to add the cooked beans a little later as to not overcook.
Can I Use Canned Beans Instead of Dried?
These Instant Pot white beans are super easy to prep. However, if you want to use canned beans, go for it! It will definitely save time. You’ll want about 3 cups of canned beans for this soup (and, if using canned, rinse and drain before using).
Should you cook this soup in the pressure cooker, I would recommend adding the canned beans at the end of cook time (around the time when you add kale).
Do I Have to Use Bacon?
Nope! You could totally omit if you want.
Alternatively, you can use a leftover ham bone, pancetta, ham, or sausage instead. Marissa, of Pinch and Swirl, has a delicious recipe for homemade pancetta if you want to give that a go.
More Helpful Tips & Variations
If you aren’t a fan of heat, you can omit the chili pepper.
Speaking of chili pepper, if you don’t have any on hand, try a pinch or so of red chili flakes
If using dried herbs, use ⅓ less.
Try Swiss chard or baby spinach instead of kale.
Don’t have fresh greens on hand? Stir in some frozen spinach at the end of cook time. Heat until wilted and cooked through (you can thaw before adding, if you like, as to not water down your soup).
My homemade veggie broth is super delicious in this recipe.
Have a Parmesan rind on hand? Throw that in the pot while it’s cooking. It’ll add a whole bunch of flavour to the soup! Just remove and discard when everything is cooked.
If you’re looking for something to serve along with this soup, cheesy skillet cornbread is delicious!
More Hearty Soups
Hope you love this easy white bean and bacon soup as much as we do!
If you try this Instant Pot bean soup, be sure to leave a comment below. Love to know how you enjoyed it!
White Bean and Bacon Soup with Kale
- 1 cup dried navy beans , picked over (remove and discard any rocks, foreign objects and imperfect beans), rinsed, drained and soaked overnight (about 12 hours). Yield about 3 cups after soaking and cooking.
- ½ pound bacon , cut into lardons (about 8 slices)
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 yellow onion , peeled and diced
- 3 to 4 cloves garlic , minced
- 2 stalks celery , chopped
- 2 stalks carrot , peeled and chopped
- 1 Thai chili , minced (or ½ teaspoon red chili flakes), optional
- 1 teaspoon salt (see 'Recipe Notes' below regarding salt)
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary , minced (or 1 teaspoon dried)
- 1 tablespoon fresh thyme , minced (or 1 teaspoon dried)
- 6 to 7 cups low sodium vegetable or chicken broth (depending on the consistency you want)
- 4 cups kale , cut into bite-sized pieces (leaves only)
- ¼ cup shredded Parmesan cheese (plus more for garnish if desired)
- Pick over navy beans and remove and discard any imperfect ones, rocks and foreign objects. Rinse and drain beans. Place in a large bowl with fresh, cold water (covering 3 inches or so over top) to soak overnight, for about 12 hours.
- The next day, drain beans and give another rinse and drain.
- Turn Instant Pot to 'Sauté' and select time of 12 minutes. Add bacon and cook until crisp, stirring occasionally. Note: If you need more time, just continue to cook.
- Remove bacon and drain grease.
- Turn to 'Saute' again and select 5 minutes.
- Add olive oil. Once hot, add onion, garlic, celery, carrot, chili, salt and pepper. Stir to combine.
- Add bacon back to pot (reserve a little, if you like, for garnish), along with rosemary and thyme. Stir.
- Add soaked beans and 6 cups of broth. Give another stir.Note: For a yummy flavour booster, if you have a rind of Parmesan, place that in the pot of soup too and remove when everything is cooked.
- Close and lock lid. Set the vent on the lid to ‘Sealing’ (steam valve in closed position). Next, select the’Manual’ or ‘Pressure Cook’ (high setting) button (depending on which model you have). Select time of 4 minutes (it may take anywhere from 10 to 20 minutes to come to pressure before the 4 minutes starts to count down).
- Once timer is up, let pressure naturally release for 10 minutes.
- Once 10 minutes is up, carefully 'Vent'. Once valve goes down, carefully unlock lid.
- Stir in kale. Select 'Sauté' and timer of 5 minutes to cook kale. If you want a looser or thinner consistency, add another cup of broth and heat through. If you used a Parmesan rind, you can now remove and discard.
- Once time is up, stir in Parmesan cheese.
- Optional: Remove one cup of soup, place in a heat-safe container that's big enough to hold it, and carefully blend with an immersion blender. Pour back into pot, stirring to combine.
- Portion and garnish with Parmesan cheese (if desired). Enjoy!
- If you aren’t a fan of heat, you can omit the chili pepper.
- If using dried herbs, use ⅓ less.
- The Instant Pot that I used was the Duo Plus 8 Quart.
- Ensure you are familiar with the manufacturer recommended operating instructions and know how to properly/safely use your Instant Pot (or any kitchen appliance/device/tool you are using).
Nutrition (ESTIMATE ONLY)
Nutrition estimate (if provided) is based on 1 serving.
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A note on times provided: appliances vary, any prep and/or cook times provided are guidelines only.