Pressure Cooker Bean Chard Soup
Cuisine: American, Italian
Author: Michael Rushlow
Prep time: 15 mins
Cook time: 30 mins
Total time: 45 mins
A hearty, Tuscan influenced soup. A quick weekday meal, perfect for the winter months.
  • 1 tbs. olive oil
  • 2-3 smoked ham shanks or hocks
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 3 carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 1 package (16 oz.) small white beans, soaked overnight (or use the quick-soak method)
  • 1 tsp. basil
  • 1 tsp. oregano
  • 1 tsp. thyme
  • ½ tsp. fennel
  • 1 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • ½ tsp. mustard powder
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tbs. Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 tbs. Sherry Vinegar
  • 1 tbs. honey
  • 1 package (32 oz.) broth (I used vegetable, but chicken or beef would work)
  • 1 package (26 oz.) tomatoes
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 large bunch chard (stems removed, cleaned and chopped)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • parmesan cheese and chopped cilantro (for topping)
  1. Heat oil over medium heat
  2. Add pork shanks and brown lightly
  3. Add in the onion and carrot and saute until onions are translucent
  4. Add garlic and saute for another minute or two
  5. Add the basil, oregano, thyme, fennel, red pepper flakes and mustard powder
  6. Stir to coat the vegetables and meat
  7. Add in the tomatoes, broth, worcestershire sauce, vinegar, honey and bay leaves and stir
  8. Add in the beans
  9. Add the water
  10. Add some salt and pepper according to your preference
  11. Put in the chard on top of beans (you may have to stir for a minute or so until the chard starts to wilt a little so that you don't go over the maximum fill line)
  12. Put cover on pressure cooker and turn heat to high until high pressure is reached
  13. When pressure is reached, turn down heat to maintain high pressure and set timer for 12 minutes
  14. When timer sounds, remove from heat. Let pressure come down naturally.
  15. I usually remove the hocks, let cool slightly and remove the meat from the bones, then stir the meat back into the soup.
  16. Serve topped with freshly grated parmesan and cilantro
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