In my opinion, next to eating more fruits and vegetables, adding a daily serving of beans has to rank right up there with one of the most important things you can do for your health. And this Instant Pot White Bean Soup recipe (made with dried cannellini beans), dishes up everything you could possibly want out of a bean recipe.
Even though it’s made in practically an instant (thanks to the Instant Pot!), the beans are cooked to perfection and the flavor is rich, deep and full-bodied. It takes about 15 minutes to assemble all of the ingredients and then just 5 minutes to saute the vegetables, which can be done directly in the Instant Pot cooking vessel, plus another 35 minutes to cook everything under pressure. You’ll then end up with a perfectly cooked, perfectly seasoned nice big pot of white beans.
And if you eat a serving of this bean dish everyday, you could just live to 100…
“Live to 100” Instant Pot White Bean Soup Recipe
If you are familiar with the Blue Zone Diet or happened to have read the blog post I wrote for my Blue-Zone Friendly Tempeh Chili, you know why I am so enthused about the health benefits of bean-based chili recipes. That’s because people who live in the Blue Zones eat a lot of beans and Blue Zone residents happen to be considered the “world’s healthiest people.”
The Blue Zones consist of five regions in Europe, Latin America, Asia and the U.S. that researchers have identified as having the highest concentrations of centenarians (people who live to 100) in the world. If you have read our Clean Cuisine nutrition book or are familiar with our anti-inflammatory food pyramid, you know beans are the 2nd tier on the base of our pyramid. In other words, beans are a staple food I make a point to eat every single day.
Not only are beans loaded with antioxidants, fiber, phytonutrients, vitamins, minerals and plenty of super clean plant protein, they also are an excellent source of a “miracle starch” called resistant starch. Resistant starch is incredibly helpful for weight loss, weight maintenance and also for reducing inflammation (because the less body fat you have, the less systemic inflammation.) You can read more about the benefits of beans and their resistant starch HERE.
For those of you with food allergies and food sensitivities, it’s helpful to know this Instant Pot White Bean Soup Recipe meets the following dietary restrictions:
Dairy Free/ Egg Free/ Nut Free/ Grain Free/ Vegetarian/ Vegan / Soy Free