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Instant Pot Navy Bean Soup

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Hearty navy bean soup is a deeply flavorful dish that is brimming with tender beans, celery, carrots, and savory chicken broth. This one-pot, budget-friendly Instant Pot Navy Beans Soup recipe uses dried beans, but since it’s made in a pressure cooker there’s no soaking needed! Yummy aromatics are quickly sauteed right in the pot before the rest of the ingredients (with your choice of dry bean) are added. Then lock, set, and sit back while the IP works its magic.

two green bowls of no soak instant pot bean soup

What are navy beans?

The navy bean is a variety of the common bean native to the Americas, where they were first cultivated. You may know them as haricot bean, pearl haricot bean, Boston bean, white pea bean, or pea beans.

Navy beans are common for making baked beans. Since they get creamy when cooked, they are perfect for mashing to thicken soups and to puree for dips.

What do navy beans look like?

These beans look like a small white bean with an oval, slightly flattened shape. In fact, they are smaller than most other types of white beans. 

a canvas bag of dried navy beans with some beans spilling out

The Best Navy Bean Soup From Dry Beans

We love a great one-pot meal! Cook all the ingredients together in a single pot or skillet. Not only is cleanup a breeze, but these dishes tend to be nearly effortless to make.

Thanks to pressure cooking, it is easy to make all-in-one soups and meals that require little more than chopping, sauteeing, and pressing a few buttons. We can all do that!

This Instant Pot Navy Bean Soup recipe is loaded with tender beans sure to make everyone’s tummy happy, similar to our Instant Pot Pinto Beans.

You will love this no soak Instant Pot beans recipe because it is practically foolproof! And, it is the ideal dinner recipe for any night of the week. Just “set and forget” it.

a green bowl of instant pot bean soup

Not to mention, with dry beans and simple pantry staples this soup recipe is economical, easy to make, and delicious! That is the best type of dinner to enjoy on a chilly eve.

Did I mention this easy soup recipe uses onion, garlic, carrots, and celery to make it an even more hearty dish?

Make it vegetarian with one simple swap by using vegetable stock. Or add more protein by including diced cooked ham, like in this Instant Pot Lima Beans and Ham soup. You’ll love how easy it is to tweak ingredients as needed!

So, if you are looking for a dinner dish that is budget and family-friendly, this recipe is sure to knock your socks off! Serve warm soup with a fresh salad and some crusty bread and you have got a winning meal that is sure to please everyone at the table.

closeup of a spoon of navy bean soup

Dried Beans vs. Canned

Why use dry beans and not canned beans?

The Instant Pot pressure cooks ingredients quickly and with high pressure. That’s why it is called a pressure cooker.

Hard veggies and dried beans become perfectly soft and tender in minutes during the process – without soaking first. That is another reason why I love pressure cooking!

Beans from a can are typically already soft. So, they can get nearly pulverized when cooked for long at high pressure. Our Instant Pot Calico Beans recipe is great for using canned beans since they pressure cook for just 15 minutes!

Additionally, dry beans tend to be cheaper than cans of beans. Who doesn’t love when the tastier option also happens to be the most economical?

The recipe is terrific for sticking to a budget while also making a one-pot meal that is scrumptious and satisfying.

Ingredients Used in this recipe

  • Dried navy beans – or a similar sized small dry bean
  • Olive oil – or avocado oil, a favorite high heat neutral-flavored cooking oil
  • Onion – for great flavor in this recipe
  • Garlic – another high flavor aromatic
  • Carrot – for that Vitamin A nutritional boost
  • Celery – adds flavor and is rich in antioxidants
  • Chicken broth – or vegetable broth for vegetarian beans
  • Hot water – heated fluids help speed up cooking time
  • Salt – bring out savory flavors with just a pinch

See below for recipe variations and additions.

a package of dried white beans, chicken bouillon paste, celery, onion, olive oil, carrots, and salt

Equipment Used for instant Pot Bean Soup

Popular brands are Instant Pot, Ninja Foodi, Crockpot Express, Cuisinart Pressure Cooker, GoWISE USA, and Chef IQ.

New to Instant Pot Cooking? Read How to Use the Instant Pot 101 first! And, then Tips & Hacks for the Instant Pot is terrific for new owners and seasoned IP-ers alike!

How to Make Navy Beans in the Instant Pot

Set pressure cooker to sauté. Once the pot is ready, add onions, garlic, and salt. Sauté until garlic begins to turn golden and the onions are translucent.

using a plate to add diced onions to the instant pot to sauté for navy bean soup

Optional: while the onions and garlic are sauteing, preheat the broth and water (I use a microwave) to speed up the cooking time.

sautéing diced onions for navy bean soup instant pot

Pour in the broth and water. Deglaze the Instant Pot by stirring the hot liquid to clean the bottom of the pot.

Add the navy beans, carrots, and celery to the pot.

the instant pot bean soup ready to pressure cook

Set the Instant Pot on high pressure for 45 minutes for dried, non-soaked navy beans. Use 25 minutes for pre-soaked navy beans and 15 minutes for canned navy beans. 

45 minute timer set on the pressure cooker Instant Pot

Allow the pressure cooker to naturally release pressure (leave the pot undisturbed) for 10 minutes, then initiate a quick release.

a close up of pressure cooked navy beans instant pot soup

Serve bean soup warm, topped with cheese, bacon bits, fried onions, green onions, or your favorite soup garnish.

two green bowls of navy bean soup instant pot with a spoon

recipe variations and Additions

Ham and beans Instant Pot recipe: Add 2 cups of pre-cooked diced ham.

Bean and bacon soup Instant Pot recipe: Omit the oil and sauté 4 slices of chopped bacon with the onions.

Vegetarian navy beans: use vegetable broth instead of chicken broth.

a green bowl of instant pot bean soup

Here Is the Best Instant Pot Navy Bean Soup Recipe

a green bowl of navy beans instant pot
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Instant Pot Navy Bean Soup (No Soak Recipe!)

Get ready for the easiest navy beans ever – made right in the Instant Pot. No presoaking necessary! This beans soup recipe is a one-pot soup, perfect anytime you need a tasty, richly flavored, but budget-friendly meal.
Course Main Course, Side Dish, Lunch, Dinner
Cuisine American
Keyword Soup, Instant Pot, pressure cooker, beans, instant pot soup, dried beans, bean soup, Instant Pot navy beans
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Natural pressure release time 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 217kcal

Equipment

  • Instant Pot (or any electric pressure cooker)

Ingredients

  • 16 ounces (1 pound) dried navy beans (or substitute with any small dried bean)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 (about 2 cups) carrots, chopped
  • 2 stalks (about 1 cup) celery, chopped
  • 3 cups chicken broth or vegetable broth (I recommend preheating broth)
  • 3 cups water (I recommend preheating the water)
  • 1 tsp salt

optional

  • 2 cups diced ham (precooked)
  • 4 slices bacon, chopped (omit oil and sauté with onions)

Instructions

  • Set pressure cooker to sauté. Once the pot is ready, add onions, garlic, and salt. Sauté until garlic begins to turn golden and the onions are translucent (about 3-5 minutes).
  • Optional: while the onions and garlic are sauteing, preheat the broth and water (I use a microwave) to speed up the cooking time.
  • Pour in the broth and water, and deglaze the Instant Pot by stirring the hot liquid to clean the bottom of the pot.
  • Add the navy beans, carrots, and celery to the pot. Press cancel, secure the lid on the pressure cooker and seal the pressure lever (if needed). Set the Instant Pot on high pressure for 45 minutes for dried, non-soaked navy beans. Use 25 minutes for pre-soaked navy beans and 15 minutes for canned navy beans. 
  • Allow the pressure cooker to naturally release pressure (leave the pot undisturbed) for 10 minutes, then initiate a quick release.
  • For a creamier soup, use a potato masher to mash the beans until they are creamy.
  • Serve bean soup warm, topped with cheese, bacon bits, fried onions, green onions, or your favorite soup garnish.

Notes

Recipe variations:
Ham and beans Instant Pot recipe: Add 2 cups of pre-cooked diced ham.
Instant Pot Bacon Bean Soup: Omit the oil and sauté 4 slices of chopped bacon with the onions.
Vegetarian navy beans: use vegetable broth
To shorten cooking time, use my Instant Pot quick soak method: Add 6 cups of water to the Instant Pot. Set the Instant Pot on sauté, then select “more” (press the sauté button twice until the screen shows the word “more”).  Add the beans, and bring them to a boil. This should only take 5 minutes. Stir the beans. Press “cancel” and let the lid simply rest on top of the Instant Pot. Let soak for 60 minutes. Drain beans and rinse the pot before using. 
 

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 217kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 629mg | Potassium: 785mg | Fiber: 14g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 110IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 99mg | Iron: 3mg

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