This is a delicious, soul warming soup made from a few easy ingredients. Go from dried beans to the perfect comfort food in just over an hour using the Instant Pot. (Hint: while you go do something else!)
Using the Sauté function on your Instant Pot, heat the olive oil (or bacon fat).
Add onion, carrot, and celery. Sauté for 5 minutes.
Add tomato paste and stir.
Turn off Sauté function.
Add chicken stock, chopped bacon, dried beans, bay leaves, thyme, salt and pepper.
Secure lid. Press the manual button, set to 35 minutes.
Allow to cook. Keep in mind that it will likely take 15 minutes or so to come to pressure.
When finished cooking, allow natural pressure release. This will add another 20-30 minutes to the cooking time. (Total time in the Instant Pot approximately 80 minutes).
Ladle into bowls, season with additional salt and pepper as desired.