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Instant Pot Portuguese bean soup is Hawai’i comfort food at its finest. Hearty, tomato based soup filled with smoked ham hock, Portuguese sausage, kidney beans, and veggies. The perfect soup to feed your family.

Portuguese bean soup in a bowl

Portuguese food has been a large part of Hawaiian style cuisine. Everything from Portuguese sweet bread to malasadas and of course Portuguese bean soup.

Many Portuguese immigrants traveled to Hawai’i in the late 1800s and early 1900s to work on the plantations and along with them they brought their delicious foods.

If you grew up in Hawai’i odds are you have had Portuguese bean soup at some point in your life. Every family has their own take on this classic Hawaiian style dish. And if you’ve never tried it you’re in luck because you’ve come to the right spot to learn how to make it.

What is Portuguese bean soup?

Portuguese bean soup is a popular soup in Hawai’i. Hearty, tomato based soup filled with smoked ham hock, Portuguese sausage, kidney beans, and veggies make up this classic comfort food.

The old school way to make this is low and slow in a large pot on the stove, however you can also make this in the Instant Pot and achieve the same delicious flavor and tenderness.

The Instant Pot has taken household kitchens by storm. It is an electric pressure cooker that helps cut down on cooking time and has been a game changer for many.

Ingredients for Instant Pot Portuguese bean soup

  • Smoked ham hocks
  • Portuguese sausage
  • Ham
  • Dark red kidney beans
  • Water
  • Tomato sauce
  • Celery
  • Potatoes
  • Carrots
  • Onion
  • Macaroni
  • Watercress
Portuguese bean soup ingredients

What size Instant Pot do I need for this recipe?

This Instant Pot Portuguese bean soup will fill a 6 quart Instant Pot. If you have an 8 quart this will easily fit. If you happen to have a 3 quart you can cut the recipe in half.

What goes well with Portuguese Bean soup?

You can’t have a bowl of Portuguese bean soup without a side of sweet bread. You can also enjoy it over some sticky white rice or alongside some soda crackers for dipping.

How long does it take to make this soup?

Traditional bean soup takes a few hours to make, but you can make this in the Instant Pot in under an hour.

Pot of Instant Pot Portuguese bean soup

How to store Instant Pot Portuguese bean soup?

Once completely cooled, place in an airtight container and store in the refrigerator. This will keep for 3 to 4 days.

How to reheat Portuguese bean soup?

This soup can be easily heated over the stove top or in the microwave. You can also reheat in the Instant Pot for a minute or so. Be sure not to leave it in the Instant Pot for too long when reheating or your potatoes and veggies will become mushy.

Can you freeze Instant Pot Portuguese bean soup?

One of the best things about this recipe is you can easily freeze the leftovers. Make a large pot and freeze whatever else you do not eat right away. Simply place in a zip top, freezer safe bag and store for 3-6 months. Defrost in the refrigerator overnight and reheat as above.

close up of Instant Pot Portuguese bean soup

Tips and Tricks

  • If you are finding that the pot is too full once it’s time to add the potatoes and veggies, remove the ham hock and set aside while the veggies cook down. Return the ham hock to the pot after the soup has finished.
  • Ham hock is packed with flavor for this soup. There is meat on the ham hock that can be scrapped from the bone once cooking has completed and added to the soup.
  • You can replace watercress with cabbage or any other leafy green vegetable that you wish.
  • If you like your beans more firm add them with 10 minutes left of cook time.

How to make Instant Pot Portuguese bean soup?

  1. Set Instant Pot to simmer. Then add water and tomato sauce and stir to combine.
  2. Next add ham hock, Portuguese sausage, ham, kidney beans.
  3. Place the lid on the Instant Pot and set to sealing. Cook on manual high pressure for 35 minutes. Once complete, turn the knob to venting and allow quick release. If the soup begins to sputter out of the vent control release by slowly letting out pressure for a second or two at a time.
  4. Once the pin has dropped and the pressure has released add celery, potatoes, carrots, onion, macaroni.
  5. Place the lid back on and set the valve to sealing. Cook on manual high pressure for 3 minutes.
  6. Once cooking has completed, quick release. As with before controlled release as needed.
  7. Remove the lid and add in watercress. Stir to combine and enjoy!
Instant Pot Portuguese bean soup

Instant Pot Portuguese Bean Soup

Yield: 10 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 38 minutes
Total Time: 48 minutes

Instant Pot Portuguese bean soup is Hawai’i comfort food at its finest. Hearty, tomato based soup filled with smoked ham hock, Portuguese sausage, kidney beans, and veggies. The perfect soup to feed your family.

Ingredients

  • 3 frozen smoked ham hocks
  • 1 (5 ounce) mild Portuguese sausage
  • 1/2 pound ham
  • 1 (15.5 ounce) can dark red kidney beans, drained
  • 6 cups water
  • 4 (8 ounce) cans of tomato sauce
  • 1 cup diced celery
  • 2 small potatoes diced
  • 3 diced carrots
  • 1/2 round onion, diced
  • 1 cup uncooked macaroni
  • 1 cup chopped watercress
  • 6 quart Instant Pot or larger

Instructions

  1. Set Instant Pot to saute. Then add water and tomato sauce and stir to combine.
  2. Next add ham hock, Portuguese sausage, ham, kidney beans.
  3. Place the lid on the Instant Pot and set to sealing. Cook on manual high pressure for 35 minutes. Once complete, turn the knob to venting and allow quick release. If the soup begins to sputter out of the vent control release by slowly letting out pressure for a second or two at a time.
  4. Once the pin has dropped and the pressure has released add celery, potatoes, carrots, onion, macaroni.
  5. Place the lid back on and set the valve to sealing. Cook on manual high pressure for 3 minutes.
  6. Once cooking has completed, quick release. As with before controlled release as needed.
  7. Remove the lid and add in watercress. Stir to combine and enjoy!

Notes

*This will fill a 6 quart Instant Pot.

*If you like your beans more firm add them with 10 minutes left of cook time.

*If you are finding that the pot is too full once you need to add the potatoes and veggies, you can remove the hamhock and set aside while the veggies cook down. Return the hamhock to the pot after the soup has finished.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 149Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 491mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 3gSugar: 3gProtein: 11g

Nutrition information isn’t always accurate.

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Instant Pot Portuguese bean soup

By on July 18th, 2019

About Relle

Aloha, my name is Relle and welcome to my little home on the internet where I like to share all my favorite Hawaiian recipes (and local ones too).

I am a wife, mom of two, and nurse practitioner here in the beautiful state of Hawai’i. I was born and raised in Hawai’i and I am of native Hawaiian descent. In my spare time I love to cook and bake and I have compiled many of my favorite recipes here for you to enjoy.

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4 thoughts on “Instant Pot Portuguese Bean Soup”

  1. Aloha,

    I’ve never made this recipe, but would love to try. Would I be able to make this in a crock pot?

    Mahalo nui loa for these amazing recipes. I’ve made a few so far, and hands down, delicious!!

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