It’s snowing in New York – perfect soup day! And black bean soup with smoked turkey is a hearty, filling, fiber-rich soup. The kind of soup that sticks to your bones on a cold day like today.
Pressure Cooker Smoked Turkey Black Bean Soup
More of my favorite pressure cooker or Instant Pot soup recipes are Cheeseburger Soup, Chickpea and Sweet Potato Stew, and Turkey Meatball with Ditalini Soup.
This is also inexpensive to make, I start with dried beans and I use my pressure cooker (my favorite pot to make beans) because it cuts the cooking time in half and the flavors really get into the soup. The smoked turkey leg adds wonderful flavor to the soup. If you can’t find smoked turkey legs, you can use smoked turkey sausage instead.
You can also do this in a large pot or dutch oven, but keep in mind it will take twice as long to cook and you’ll have to add more liquid to the pot as it evaporates, where as in the pressure cooker you don’t get much evaporation. This is also great to freeze for the month, it thaws and reheats perfectly so you can make your own healthy freezer meals. I freeze them in portions and use a sharpie to write the name, date, and calories or points.
And speaking of snowy cold weather, I’ve been cozying up with Andie Mitchell’s new memoir, It Was Me All Along. I share this because I recently met her – and found her to be such an inspiring person, a really good soul. I know so many of you will really relate to her story, or at least get inspired. In her memoir she writes about how she went from 268 lbs at age 20, and lost half her weight. But it’s not just a story about her weight loss, it’s about hope, finding peace, making changes, and finding her freedom. A perfect read for 2015.
Pressure Cooker Smoked Turkey Black Bean Soup
- 1/2 tbsp extra virgin light olive oil
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 1 carrot, chopped
- 1 celery stalk, chopped
- 1/2 cup chopped parsley
- 3 garlic cloves, through garlic press
- 6 cups water
- 1 smoked turkey drumstick*
- 2 bay leaves
- 2 cups dried black beans
- 1 1/4 tsp kosher coarse salt
- 1/4 tsp fresh ground black pepper
- Place the olive oil and onions, carrots, celery and parsley in a 6 quart pressure cooker over medium high heat and cook until fragrant, about 8 to 10 minutes.
- Add the garlic and cook 1 minute.
- Add water, bay leaves, beans, turkey leg, and black pepper and bring to boil.
- Cover and lock the lid on the pressure cooker.
- Place pressure cooker topper in place and bring to high pressure.
- Lower the heat to medium-low so pressure is maintained; cook beans for 45 minutes.
- Turn off heat and wait for the steam to release.
- Once steam is completely released, remove lid and set aside.
- Discard bay leaves and set turkey legs aside.
- Discard skin from the turkey leg and cut meat off bone into bite size pieces.*
- Using an immersion or traditional blender, puree the beans leaving the soup chunky, or to your desired consistancy.
- If you use the immersion blender you can puree the beans right in the pressure cooker.
- If you use a traditional blender, blend in batches and return the beans to the pot after beans are pureed.
- Add the salt and return the turkey to the soup.
- To serve, ladle soup into 8 bowls.
106 comments on “Pressure Cooker Smoked Turkey Black Bean Soup”
Could you please give directions for making this soup in the Instant Pot, please. Thank you
This soup is fantastic!! I first tried it a week ago, loved it so much that I made more for my lunches this week as well. I did sub chicken bone broth for the water, and used smoked ham shanks as I couldn’t find a turkey leg. Very deep flavors, and keeps you full for hours. Yum!!
Can you use canned black beans? If so, what’s the difference with the time?
Do you have crock pot instructions for this one?
This recipe looks delicious! Will you convert the cooking instructions to a slow cooker or in a dutch oven?
This looks delicious, has anyone ever made it with ground turkey and a little liquid smoke for the smoked flavor? If so, how did that effect the cooking time?
Absolutely delicious! I have made this so many times and we always love it! I can’t always find a smoked turkey leg so I have also made it with a ham hock or andouille sausage and it is always amazing. Easy and such deep delicious flavors. Thanks for the amazing recipes!
My husband said it was the best soup I’ve ever made. It was easy and delicious. I did add about 1/2 of a chipotle pepper.
I made this with minor tweaks – 2 cups of chicken broth and 4 tps of better than bouillon chicken flavor plus a few squirts of Siracha. I couldn’t find a turkey leg, so I subbed turkey polish sausage. My husband LOVED the soup.
This is the best soup I have ever made. I have probably made all of your soups and this is the best. I will make this often.
Made this twice and it was perfect both times!
What is the best way to get the meat off of a smoked turkey leg? I struggle every time
I made this Saturday in my Instant Pot and it was delicious! I used the bean/chili button and set it to 45 minutes. I left it at natural release for 20 minutes then manual release for what was left. My husband had smoked a turkey in Nov. and all we had left in the freezer was white meat, so I used a large breast portion. Yes it was a bit dry but I knew it would be since white meat often is when re-cooked like that, but it was still wonderful. I left it whole so it would be easier to remove at the end, then took it out and shredded it. Shredding helped temper the dryness more than if I had cubed or diced it. I also took out some of the beans (about a cup – I didn’t measure) before using my immersion blender then added them back in when I was done. This recipe is definitely a keeper!
I have leftover smoked turkey that my husband made but it’s cut up into slices. I was looking for a way to use it up but being already cut would make it harder to get out than a whole leg, before using the immersion blender. Any suggestions?
Of course the one time I want smoked turkey legs grocery store is out. I used smoked pork shanks instead. It was really good, but I had to add chicken bouillon at the end because it was a little blame.
I wish I could show you my 1yo daughters face. She loved the soup and looks like she has a beard!!