Great Northern Beans & Tomatoes (Pressure Cooker)

Lee Thayer


Excellent bean dish, either as a side or main dish. There is two steps to this, first we are going to cook the beans in a pressure cooker, then we will add the tomatoes when not on pressure. I use a stove top 9 liter (9 1/2 quart) pressure cooker with 12 psi (80 kPa) pressure for these. Follow all safety precautions for your model of pressure cooker. This is a 2 for 1 recipe, beans for this dish plus bean broth for a soup or noodles another day.


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5 Min
30 Min
Pressure Cooker/Instant Pot


  • 500 g
    dry great northern beans, (1 lb)
  • ·
    water, as needed
  • 2 Tbsp
    cooking oil
  • 250 g
    bacon, chopped, (8 oz)
  • 1 tsp
    dried rosemary
  • 2 c
    fresh tomatoes, diced
  • 1/2 tsp
    worcestershire sauce

How to Make Great Northern Beans & Tomatoes (Pressure Cooker)


  1. Rinse the beans and remove any bad ones and any debris, place in a large bowl and cover with 2 inches of water. Add 2 tablespoons of salt and stir that in. Cover the bowl and let that sit for at least 6 hours. If you are going to soak these overnight, place in the fridge, this will reduce the chance of the beans fermenting.
  2. After 6 hours, drain and rinse the beans and add to your pressure cooker. Add 8 cups of water, bacon, and the 2 tablespoons of cooking oil, the oil keeps the beans from foaming so do not skip the oil.
  3. Place the lid on the pot, add the weight (jiggler), and bring the heat up to high. When the jiggler starts moving and releasing pressure, indicating full pressure, start timing this for 6 minutes, and turn the heat down to low or medium low to maintain the jiggler moving and releasing pressure.
  4. At 6 minutes, turn off the heat and move the pressure cooker to an unused burner and allow a natural release of pressure. When the pressure is released, open and remove the lid, you won't need the lid for the rest of the cooking. Pour the contents into a large strainer that is on top of a large pot. Now you have beans for this recipe and bean broth, 2 for 1.
  5. Return the beans to the pressure cooker along with 1 1/2 cups of the bean broth. Add the tomatoes, rosemary, salt, and Worcestershire sauce. Stir to mix together and put low heat to simmer.
  6. Take the remainder of the bean broth and pour that into a jar and let it cool, then place in the fridge. Use as a base for a soup or noodles, use within 2-3 days. I got just under 1 quart of broth.
  7. Simmer for 15-20 minutes to cook down the tomatoes and the liquid reduced some.
  8. Serve as a side dish or main dish, enjoy.

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About Great Northern Beans & Tomatoes (Pressure Cooker)

Course/Dish: Other Main Dishes
Main Ingredient: Beans/Legumes
Regional Style: American

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