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Super Creamy, Basic Instant Pot White Bean Soup

Simple Instant Pot White Bean Soup

Creamy white bean soup made in the instant pot, and flavored with lemon, tahini, and miso. Easy to make and a healthy weeknight soup recipe!
4.5 from 16 votes
Prep Time :10 minutes
Cook Time :30 minutes
Additional Time :20 minutes
Total Time :1 hour
Yield: 6
Author: Amanda Paa



  • 1 cup dried Great Northern beans
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt divided
  • 3 dried bay leaves
  • 5 sprigs fresh thyme divided
  • 1/2 of a medium sized onion
  • 1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon high quality olive oil divided
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 3 shallots minced
  • 2 1/2 to 3 cups chicken stock
  • 2 tablespoons tahini
  • juice and zest of one lemon
  • 2 tablespoons white miso


  • *You can soak or not soak your beans. I usually prefer to soak overnight in the refrigerator, covering with 4 cups of water. If you don't, that's okay too, cooking time will just be different. 
  • Add beans (soaked or unsoaked) to instant pot. Cover with 4 1/2 cups of water. Add 1 teaspoon kosher salt, 3 bay leaves (fresh or dried), 4 sprigs fresh thyme, onion, and 1 teaspoon olive oil. Attach cover to instant pot. Make sure vent is turned to sealing. Press on, and then hit manual. Make sure you are on high pressure.
  • For soaked beans, set timer to 9 minutes. For unsoaked beans, set timer to 31 minutes, and cook on high pressure.
  • When done cooking, let pot naturally release. If you are in a hurry, you can release the valve after 10 minutes, just know that your beans will lose some of their texture. 
  • Pour beans and broth into a separate bowl. Reserve 1/2 cup beans, for topping at the end.
  • Return the empty instant pot bowl back to the machine. Add 2 tablespoons olive oil, and set machine to saute. Add minced shallots and cook 5 minutes, until tender, stirring. Add garlic, and saute for 1 minute.
  • Turn instant pot off, and add beans + 2 1/2 cups chicken broth to pot. Then add 1 teaspoon kosher salt, 3 tablespoons olive oil, tahini, lemon juice and zest, and miso. For ultra creaminess, add everything to a high powered blender. Or use an immersion blender to puree until smooth. Add more chicken stock or leftover bean broth to reach desired thickness, if needed. Then taste, and season with extra salt or lemon juice if desired.
  • To serve, top with reserved whole beans and a drizzle of good quality olive oil (this is a must, as it adds a lot of flavor!), remaining sprig of fresh thyme.


These times are only for cooking Great Northern beans. I use this handy time sheet directly from Instant Pot, which shows every bean and how long to cook them for both soaked and not soaked (dry).