Instant Pot Black Bean & Ham Soup

Rich, hearty, incredibly flavorful… and start to finish in under an hour?

Yep!  This delicious soup tastes like it has been simmering ALL day, and yet it’s quick and easy to throw together in a pinch!

Full of beans, veggies, ham and more flavor than you will believe can come out of a quick-cooked soup, this is a meal you need to try and SOON!

INSTANT POT Black Bean & Ham Soup! Easy, FAST and Delicious!! |

Hey friend!!  I’m so glad you’re back!  I’ve got a great recipe for you today, AND an even better kitchen MUST-HAVE!

Have you gotten your hands on an Instant Pot yet?  If you haven’t, you MUST.  It will be your new best friend!  Especially for summer, when you don’t want to heat up your house with the stove or oven on.  (OR, for summer camping…  The Instant Pot is the perfect companion for your camper!)

6qt Instant Pot

Quick Instant Pot schpiel (is that a word?!)…  It is a multi-function cooker that slow cooks, sautés, steams, warms and is a rice cooker, yogurt maker, and most importantly – a pressure cooker!  Yep, that thing Grandma used to use on her stove, only MUCH more user-friendly!

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Ham and Gruyére Grilled Cheese with Sweet Pea Spread | a Guest Post from The Modern Proper

Welcome friends!  I want to introduce you to my sweet friends Holly & Natalie of The Modern Proper who are guest posting here on Sweet Anna’s today!  Holly has been a friend of mine for years, and I am impressed over and over again by all the delicious recipes she & Natalie come up with, and the beautiful photography they share.  You will absolutely fall in love with them after just a few minutes of browsing around on their beautiful blog!  Go say Hi!  (And then come right back and get ready for this amazing spring-inspired recipe below!)  If you didn’t have spring fever before you got here, you will now!


Hi there, Holly here from The Modern Proper.  So happy to be guest posting today here at Sweet Anna’s. Annalise is one of my first (and favorite) foodie friends!  She has taught me a lot about blogging and our time spent together is always fun and filled with talk about new recipes.  I am excited to share this special sandwich we created just for her blog and all her faithful readers (that’s you!)  Ok, here we go…


 Last week, my kids and I went on a walk around our neighborhood just to breath in the fresh air.  I realized that since getting a gym membership a few months ago I’ve been missing our usual afternoon strolls.  Much to my surprise we saw our fair share of budding flowers on trees and daffodils popping their bright yellow heads out of the wet soil.  My delight in these discoveries made me realize just how ready I am to embrace spring and say goodbye to winter.  The older I get the sooner that desire seems to creep up each year.

ham & gruyére grilled cheese with sweet pea spread

Natalie and I are definitely ready for the sun’s return, for our gardens to be in bloom and to be able to once again release our kids to turn our backyards into their own adventure wonderlands.  The greening of our browned grass and budding of the many forgotten perennials not only makes me look forward to the warmer times ahead, but to the change it will surely bring for what’s on our plates.  When I think of a spring menu ham and sweet green peas always comes to mind.  Such a delightfully fresh combination, don’t you think?

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Make-Ahead Gluten-Free Pork Meatballs with an Easy Apple Butter Glaze

*This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks/Smithfield at Walmart*

Make-Ahead Gluten-Free Pork Meatballs with an Easy Apple Butter Glaze

Are you still planning your holiday menus, like I am – at the last minute?  Then feel free to relax as you look no further!  These super simple, delicious meatballs are a sure thing no matter what your celebration looks like.

Make-Ahead Gluten-Free Pork Meatballs with an Easy Apple Butter Glaze | Sweet Anna's

They are incredibly easy, packed full of flavor and can be made ahead so all you have to do is heat them up when it’s time to serve.  

They can be served up big as a main course with potatoes or rice on the side, or served up as is for a satisfying little appetizer on a buffet table.  It doesn’t get much better than that!

Make-Ahead Gluten-Free Pork Meatballs with an Easy Apple Butter Glaze | Sweet Anna's

I think most of you would agree with me – a holiday smorgasbord table just wouldn’t be complete without meatballs.  Whether you like yours in a barbecue sauce, gravy, or a sweet glaze – meatballs are a crowd pleaser any way you serve them.

And especially when you make them a little surprising and a lot delicious.  Isn’t it fun to share something new, yet still comforting, on your holiday table?

These meatballs are gluten-free, so everyone can enjoy them, but feel free to use regular all-purpose flour if you’d prefer.

Make-Ahead Gluten-Free Pork Meatballs with an Easy Apple Butter Glaze | Sweet Anna's

And in case you need a little more motivation, Smithfield All-Natural Pork products are affordable and something you can feel good about feeding your family…  and you can find them at your local WalMart while you’re buying all your stocking stuffers and last minute gifts!


Make-Ahead Gluten-Free Pork Meatballs with an Easy Apple Butter Glaze

Yield: makes about 2 dozen meatballs


    for the meatballs:
  • 1 1/2 lb ground pork
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 teaspoons 21-seasoning salute (no-salt-seasoning) or ground sage
  • 2 tablespoons dried minced onions
  • 1 tablespoon bacon grease or olive oil
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose gluten-free flour blend
  • 1/2 cup hot water
  • for the glaze:
  • 1/2 cup apple butter
  • 2-3 tablespoons cold water


  1. Preheat the oven to 450ºF. Lightly grease a large rimmed baking sheet and set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, gently mix the meatball ingredients together until just blended. Don’t over mix!
  3. Form the meatball mixture into small balls, about the size of a golfball or smaller, and place onto the baking sheet.
  4. Bake for 20-25 minutes until golden.
  5. If you are making these ahead, let them cool completely before transferring to freezer bags and storing in the freezer until you are ready to use them.
  6. When you are going to serve the meatballs, place them in a skillet with a lid, whisk together the apple butter & water and pour over the meatballs. Simmer until heated through, turning the meatballs once or twice to make sure they are well coated.
  7. You can also reheat these in the slow cooker if you would like an even more hands-off approach!