I know I've talked about this before, but part of a Paleo "lifestyle" is sustainability. Eating animals that are a raised sustainably and humanely, buying products that reduce the chemical load of the earth and my home, and eating in a more nose-to-tail fashion to reduce waste. I do struggle to eat some organ meats (like liver, eek, I hate it). but I try to utilize the bones from the cuts of meat I buy.
My mom told me recently that when they were newly married (aka- young and poor) she would buy a ham and they could eat it all week. One night they'd have ham, then ham salad, then use the meaty bones to make a pot of beans. Ham is super versatile and also perfect in things like egg bakes or omlets, soups, or go old school and throw it on a sandwich. So recently I had a meaty hambone to use up and wasn't sure what to do. I do not do well with beans, so a big creamy pot of salty, hammy beans was sadly not an option. I asked mom what to make, and she suggested a big pot of other yummy things: potatoes, kale, etc.
Moms always have the best ideas, so I threw everything into a pot, and made a hearty, brothy soup packed with veggies! The ham was fall-apart tender, and the veggies were al dente, and it all came together so easily in the Instant Pot. I don't always think that the Instant Pot is a time saver, but with soup, there's really no better way to make it.
My husband isn't a soup-and-salad kind of guy. He eats it because I serve it, but not because he would necessarily choose it. He declared this soup "the best soup you've ever made." He has eaten it at least one meal a day since I made it! I'd call that a success! I hope you'll try this before soup season is over.
Instant Pot Hambone Soup
1 really meaty hambone
8C filtered water
1 lb. green beans, chopped into 1" pieces
3 stalks celery
1.5 lbs. russet potatoes (swap sweet potatoes for AIP), peeled and diced
1 bunch lacinato kale, de-stemmed and roughly chopped
1t garlic powder
- To an Instant Pot, add the water and the hambone. Put the lid on, make sure the valve on top is set to sealing, and set it to cook on high pressure (Manual) for 90 minutes.
- Wash, peel, and chop all the vegetables. You want them in small pieces so they are bite sized.
- When the broth is done, hit Cancel, and then carefully switch the lid valve from sealing to venting. When all the steam has released, carefully open the IP and remove all of the meat from the bones, then discard the bones.
- Leave the meat in the Instant Pot, and add all of the vegetables and the garlic powder. Stir everything together, then put the lid back on the Instant Pot and make sure the valve is set to sealing.
- Set the pot to cook on high pressure again (Manual) for 5 minutes.
- When the soup is done, hit Cancel, and then carefully switch the lid valve from sealing to venting. When all the steam has released, carefully open the IP. Taste the soup for seasoning. It will likely taste bland and need salt, but the amount depends a lot on your ham. I added about 1t of salt and stirred it into the soup. Taste yours, and add salt until it's to your taste, then serve!
If you make a big bowl of this hearty soup, snap a photo for Instagram, and tag me with #ideatthatfoodtoo! I love seeing what you cook. Or, you can Pin the picture below to make this another time.