Panera Black Bean Soup

4.8 from 12 reviews

This Black Bean Soup tastes just like the one from Panera Bread- creamy & flavourful with bits of whole black beans. A easy and healthy recipe made in the instant pot with just 10 ingredients. Vegan, Gluten Free + Oil Free.


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  • 1 onion, chopped (175g)
  • 2-3 garlic cloves, minced (12g)
  • 2 stalks of celery, chopped small (160g)
  • 1/2 bell pepper, chopped small (75g)
  • 1 small carrot, diced small (130g)
  • 1.5 tsp cumin
  • 1 cup dry black beans, rinsed (200g)
  • 3 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 tsp salt (+ more to taste)
  • 1/2 lemon juiced (2 tbsp)


  1. Set instant pot to SAUTEE on HIGH. Fry the onions and garlic with a tbsp of olive oil or water (2-3 minutes). Add in the celery, red bell pepper, carrots and cumin and cook for another 3 minutes. 
  2. Add in the dry black beans, vegetable broth and salt. Give it one good mix. 
  3. Press CANCEL. Then set to MANUAL on HIGH for 30 minutes. Once the time is up, release the pressure manually. 
  4. Using a ladle with open holes, scoop out 1-1.5 cups of black beans. Add in the lemon juice and blend the rest of the soup using a immersion blender or in a blender. 
  5. Pour the blended soup back into the instant pot and add in the reserved black beans. Mix together, taste and add more salt or cumin to taste. Serve immediately. Garnish with cilantro, avocado, salsa and serve on its own or with some bread or rice!


Nutritional Information Disclaimer: Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated on an online tool (Cronometer).


Keywords: Black bean soup, instant pot soup