This step is optional, but helps for easier digestion and reduces cooking time. Soak beans in 3 cups of water overnight. Then drain any remaining liquid.
Add the beans, bay leaf, salt and water to the Instant Pot. Use 3 cups water for soaked beans. Set to pressure cook on high pressure. Cannellini Beans: 35 minutes Great Northern Beans: 30 minutes
Once the instant pot beeps, let the pressure release naturally. Carefully remove lid once steam has fully escaped and strain off any excess cooking liquid.
Enjoy immediately in stews, soups, white chili, or salads. You can store cooled leftovers for up to 5 days in the refrigerator upor in the freezer up to 1 month.