Instant Pot

Braised Cranberry Beans with Quick-Pickled Tomatoes

4-6 Servings

FAST: 1¾ hours
Slow: 8 to 8½ hours 35 minutes active

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This dish was inspired in part by recipe in “Spice,” by chef Ana Sortun, an expert in Mediterranean cuisine. Cranberry beans (also called Roman beans or borlotti beans) are cooked with butter and aromatics, then are finished with quick-pickled tomatoes that add acidity to brighten the earthiness of the beans. Plain yogurt and a fistful of chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley are excellent, but optional, garnishes. These beans are excellent as a side dish to roasted or grilled meats, or you can serve them as a vegetarian main, perhaps with a cucumber salad and crusty bread alongside.




Don't use double-concentrated tomato paste (the type often sold in a tube), as its strong flavor will overwhelm the other ingredients. Opt instead for regular tomato paste sold in a can.

FAST: 1¾ hours
Slow: 8 to 8½ hours

35 minutes active


  • 2

    cups dried cranberry beans (see note), rinsed and drained

  • Kosher salt and ground black pepper


John S.

Why do you have so many recipes which provide detailed Instant Pot directions without providing alternative directions for those who do not have an Instant Pot? As popular as these devices have become, most savvy home cooks still do things the old-fashioned way. This is extremely inconsiderate to your paying subscribers and seems to indicate that Milk Street may have a paid sponsorship deal with Instant Pot. It's very disappointing to see Milk Street take this elitist approach.

Lynn C.

Hi John -

We’re so glad you're exploring our recipes. We are so sorry to hear that you're disappointed that we added the 100 or so recipes from our best-selling cookbook, Fast & Slow, to our website. We made this decision during the pandemic to give our subscribers, who might have an Instant Pot at home, access to these additional recipes since so many of us were experimenting with different equipment and ingredients during this time.

There are still over 1,000 recipes on our website that do not require an Instant Pot. Many of the Instant Pot recipes are actually versions of recipes we've previously or subsequently published for stovetop or oven cooking. If that is the case, you will find the additional recipes (possibly with a different title) when you do a search, so check them all even if the title is slightly different.

The Milk Street Team

James B.

What can I use instead of cranberry beans?

Lynn C.

Hi James -

Cranberry beans sometimes go by the names "Borlotti beans" or Roman beans" so check for either of those as well. If you can't find any of them, dried kidney beans can be a good substitute.

The Milk Street Team