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A bowl of Tuscan bean soup on a colorful plate

Pressure Cooker Tuscan Bean Soup

  • Yield: 6-8 servings 1x


Pressure Cooker Tuscan Bean Soup recipe. A hearty vegetarian soup from the heart of Italy, done in no time thanks to the pressure cooker.



Soaked beans

  • 1 pound dried cannellini beans, sorted and rinsed
  • 1 tablespoon fine sea salt (or table salt)
  • 2 quarts water

Soup ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 2 large carrots, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, sliced
  • ½ teaspoon fine sea salt (or table salt, or Kosher salt)
  • Pinch 1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 6 cups water
  • 1 (14- to 16-ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 parmesan rind (optional - roughly 3 inches by 1 1/2 inches)
  • 1 (2-inch long) sprig fresh rosemary
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 4 ounces kale, stems removed, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • Salt to taste
  • Grated parmesan for garnish
  • Minced parsley for garnish


  1. Soak the beans: Sort the cannellini beans, removing broken beans, stones, and dirt clods. Rinse the beans put them in a large container with the fine sea salt, and cover with 2 quarts water. Let the beans soak for at least 8 hours, or overnight. Drain and rinse the beans.
  2. Sauté the aromatics: Heat the olive oil in the pressure cooker pot over medium-high heat (sauté mode in an electric pressure cooker) until the oil starts shimmering. Add the onion, carrots, and garlic, and sprinkle with the ½ teaspoon salt and red pepper flakes. Sauté until the onions are softened, about 5 minutes.
  3. Pressure cook the beans: Add the drained cannellini beans to the pressure cooker and stir them to mix with the aromatics. Stir in in the water and diced tomatoes. Add the parmesan rind, rosemary, and thyme sprigs. Lock the lid, bring the cooker up to high pressure, and pressure cook at high pressure for 20 minutes in an electric PC, or 16 minutes in a stovetop PC. Quick release the pressure. (Or, cook for 15/12 minutes at high pressure, then natural pressure release for about 20 minutes. ) Remove the lid carefully, opening away from you - even when it’s not under pressure, the steam in the cooker is very hot.
  4. Simmer the kale, then serve: Fish out the parmesan rind and discard. Turn the heat under the pressure cooker to medium-high (sauté mode on an electric PC) and stir in the kale. Simmer, uncovered, until the kale is tender, about 3 minutes. Stir the fresh ground black pepper and balsamic vinegar into the pot, then taste. Add more salt as needed - the soup will taste bland without enough salt. (I add 2 teaspoons of fine sea salt to the beans). Serve, sprinkling each bowl of soup with fresh grated parmesan and minced parsley.
  • Category: Pressure Cooker
  • Cuisine: Italian