The Instant Pot Mixed Bean Soup makes this normally slow-cooked goodness an option for weeknight dinners.
Instant Pot Mixed Bean Soup
Bean soups are so hearty and filling – perfect to dig into after a long, chilly day of raking leaves or shoveling snow. This Instant Pot Mixed Bean Soup, bulked up with the addition of smoked sausage, takes the flavor to another level. All of these ingredients are easy ones to keep on hand in the pantry or freezer, so this soup is a great option for nights when the pantry feels empty.
If your family loves soup as much as mine, then you’ll want to check out my entire collection of Instant Pot Soup Recipes too!
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You may have heard it referred to as “Calico Soup” because of the multicolored beans. This recipe calls for a pound of mixed dry beans, but you can use your beans of choice if you prefer. Traditionally, Calico Bean Soup requires at least three types of beans! Dry mixed beans usually include five types of beans in the bag.
Whichever beans you choose, I’m pretty sure your Instant Pot Mixed Bean Soup will be a big hit, not just because of the quick prep time, but also the depth of hearty flavor.
Working with dry beans can be really time-consuming, but the Instant Pot speeds things up nicely. Instead of soaking the beans overnight, you can use the Instant Pot to do a quick-soak. This takes the prep work from at least twelve hours down to just about a half hour total – and suddenly this all-day soup can be on the table in about an hour!
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Aside from the beans, the prep is minimal. While the beans pre-soak, I like to chop everything else so it’s ready to go when the beans are done and drained. After I start the soup cooking, I move on to make a big salad to go with this. Cornbread is also great on the side!
If you’d prefer the slow-cooked version of this soup, then check out my Slow Cooker Calico Bean Soup recipe.
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Instant Pot Calico Bean Soup
- 1 lb. smoked sausage
- 1 lb. mixed dry beans
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- can diced tomatoes, undrained
- 1 quart chicken broth
- 2 cups water
- Salt, to taste
- Sort and rinse the beans. Add them to the pressure cooker along with 8 cups of water and 2 tsp. of salt.
- Set cook time for 30 minutes. Let the pressure release naturally for 15 minutes, then release remaining pressure.
- Remove the pressure cooker pot and drain the beans.
- Chop the onion, garlic and sausage and add to the pressure cooker pot along with the other ingredients.
- Set the cook time for 10 minutes. Let pressure release naturally for 10 minutes, then release remaining pressure.