Instant Pot Ham and Bean Soup

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I love Ham and Bean Soup, but it typically takes quite a few hours to make.  Enter the Instant Pot or any brand of digital pressure cooker.  This appliance makes it possible to have fantastic Ham and Bean Soup in less than one hour!

And this recipe is healthy too. Beans, ham, vegetables and a generous portion of College Inn® make this recipe simple and nutritious.

If you haven’t tried using your Instant Pot yet, this is an easy recipe to test it out.  Everything gets added to the pot at the same time.  The lid is sealed and the cook time set, then you can work on other things – maybe fix a big salad and some cornbread – while the soup cooks.

Once the timer goes off, the soup is ready to serve.  It doesn’t get any easier than this.  You don’t even need to soak the beans before cooking.

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Here’s what you’ll need to make Instant Pot Ham and Bean Soup:

Do be sure to rinse and pick through the Great Northern beans before adding them to the pot. Dried beans often of small stones or other debris that needs removed before cooking.

There’s just a small amount of chopping for this recipe, but it shouldn’t take more than 10 minutes and probably less than that.

If you decide to try it, share your results using #CollegeInnBroth!

This is truly a recipe that anyone can make!

Instant Pot Ham and Bean Soup

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Serves: 6-8 servings

Ingredients
  • 1 pound dried great northern beans
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2-3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 4-5 small carrots or 2-3 large, chopped
  • 1 pound ham cubes
  • 6 cups or 48 oz. College Inn® Chicken Broth
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
Instructions
  1. Rinse and pick through the dried beans to remove any small rocks or debris
  2. Place rinsed beans, onion, garlic, celery, carrots and ham in Instant Pot.
  3. Pour College Inn® Chicken Broth over all the ingredients in the pot. Stir in the salt.
  4. Seal lid and set cook time for 35 minutes.
  5. Do a quick pressure release.
  6. Serve in bowls.

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Some of the other things we covered were how to really use the meal plans, how to adapt recipes as needed, what types of recipes our new No Flour/No Sugar Meal Plan includes, what types of ingredients the plans call for and more.

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The recipes are weeknight easy.

We’ve eliminated all sugars, artificial sugars, and flours.  You’ll find lots of vegetables and healthy proteins.

Find out more about the plan in this video.

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I’ve got another video for you today with my best meal planning tips. In this video, we’re pulling together all the ideas of how to overcome dreading dinnertime and the four types of recipes we talked about in the second video.

This is where it all comes together to make your life a lot easier!

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I’ve got a lot of good stuff for you in the next few days, including this free download of 85 Easy No Flour/No Sugar Snacks!

We’ve put together simple ideas to solve the question of what snacks you can eat and still be healthy.  I think you’ll love these ideas.

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Savory Chicken and Cranberry Stuffed Acorn Squash

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of College Inn®. The opinions and text are all mine.

There’s something about stuffed squash that looks like you’ve pulled out all the stops in making dinner.

But really, it’s so easy!  If you can cut a squash in half, you can do this!

This recipe for stuffed acorn squash is perfect for fall.  The colors of the squash look so pretty on the table at this time of year and the cranberries are seasonal too.  I served this on a Tuesday night and my daughter and husband loved it!

College Inn® Chicken Broth adds rich, savory flavor to complement the sweetness of the squash and cranberries.  I used chicken that I cooked in a skillet, but if you have leftover turkey after Thanksgiving this would be a wonderful way to serve it.

Here’s what you’ll need to make this dish. It’s so simple with only six ingredients, plus olive oil, salt and pepper.   If you decide to try out this recipe, share your photos on social media using
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Chicken Pot Pie Soup with Pie Crust Croutons

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of College Inn®. The opinions and text are all mine.

I have to tell you a little story.  I’ve been working so hard on my cookbook and have created so many recipes that I really wondered if I’d ever be able to create another one.

What if I’d poured everything I had into that book and there was nothing left to work with?

I turned the manuscript in to my editor and then planned to take a big break.  That’s not how things went though, because the next weekend I wanted to create a Chicken Pot Pie Soup recipe and partnered with College Inn broth to do so.

This Chicken Pot Pie Soup is a comfort in many ways.  For me, it’s great to know that I’m still able to be creative in the kitchen, even after the intense cookbook work.

This soup has all the warm, hearty ingredients you expect in a chicken soup, especially as the weather cools down.  It starts with a great chicken broth and I like to use College Inn – It’s got a savory taste that helps elevate any dish to make it delicious. Then the soup is topped with Pie Crust Croutons.

Chicken Pot Pie Soup + Pie Crust Croutons is amazing!  It’s the perfect comfort food.

Here’s what you’ll need to make a big pot for your family (and you will want to get to your kitchen as soon as you can to stir up a batch!).

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Grain-Free Stuffed Bell Peppers

If you’re trying to eat more grain-free, no/low-carb foods, these are for you!  And even if you aren’t looking for low-carb options, these are so good you’re going to want to make them anyway.

This is the first recipe I’ve created outside of cookbook work in forever!  It feels really good to have a new recipe to share with you here on the blog.

But can we just pause for a moment and realize that I’ve obviously spent a lot more time working on the creating of recipes than the photographing of them?  I’ve never been great at photos, but I’m way out of practice.  Many apologies for the fuzzy ingredient photo!

Being out of practice with the camera isn’t the only issue I’ve had after a summer of recipe testing.  Testing ten and twelve recipes a week – sometimes four dessert recipes in a day – I was feeling like I’d consumed All. The. Food.

I ended up signing up for a fitness program that involves exercise and new eating habits.  I’m going to wait to tell you much about it until I get through the first six weeks so I can give an honest opinion, but so far it’s been good.  I was even able to put on a pair of jeans that were too tight to wear all last winter.

Part of the program involves some low-carb days and that was the inspiration for this recipe.

Here’s what you’ll need to make Grain-Free Stuffed Bell Peppers:   [Read more…]

3 Things that Work in the Kitchen This Week – August 21

Are you watching the eclipse today?  We’re actually not too far from the path, so I’ll be watching from home.

1. A new recipe coming to the blog soon! – Grain Free Stuffed Peppers

It’s been forever since I’ve posted a new recipe to the blog, but I’ve got one coming for you soon.  We loved these stuffed peppers and I think you’ll love them too.  If you’ve been watching your carbs, you’ll be happy to know that these are very low-carb.  They are also very delicious!

That pepper looks a little lonely on the plate.  I should have added some salad or something next to it.  I’m woefully out of practice with food photos, and I’ve never been great at them anyway.  But I do believe I’m decent at creating recipes, so there you go.  Taste over looks 😉

2. George Foreman grill for quick protein

I’ve been trying to eat more salads, but I need some protein in there too so our old George Foreman grill has been coming in handy.  It only takes a couple of minutes to thaw frozen chicken tenders in the microwave and they cook in just 5 minutes on the grill.  I usually splash a little white wine vinegar on them before cooking, along with salt and pepper.  Sometimes I add garlic powder or onion powder.  It’s like instant marinade.

3.  Strawberry Chicken Salad with Grilled Chicken

And there’s evidence of a really great salad I had for lunch on Friday.  Spinach, chicken, strawberries, parmesan, and pecans all drizzled with Newman’s Own Honey Apple Cider Dressing.  So good!

What’s working in your kitchen this week?