Creamy Instant Pot 15 Bean Soup is loaded with tender beans and rich, aromatic flavor. It’s protein-packed, affordable and requires no pre-soaking!

For a meat version, check out this Instant Pot ham and bean soup.

Instant pot 15 bean soup in a bowl with spoon and slice of baguette.

Here’s another winner from iFoodReal’s Instant Pot soup recipes collection! Today’s vibe is all about embracing simplicity. No rush, no fuss with this comforting Instant Pot 15 bean soup!

It’s easy to make and perfectly hearty without feeling overly heavy, making it just right and cozy for soup season.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Flavorful: A combination of simple spices add a burst of rich flavors to every spoonful!
  • Ham free: Unlike other recipes on the web, I made 15 bean soup in Instant Pot vegan and gluten-free so nearly everyone can enjoy a bowl.
  • One pot: It’s one of Instant Pot recipes where you saute and cook soup in same pot!
  • Budget friendly: We combine an inexpensive bag of dried beans with everyday ingredients to make a delicious batch that generously serves 8 and perfect for meal prep!

Ingredients for Instant Pot 15 Bean Soup

This Instant Pot 15 bean soup recipe is brimming with simple, wholesome ingredients and delicious spices.

15 bean soup mix, coconut milk, tomato paste, onion, celery, carrots, garlic, turmeric, cumin, chili powder, vegetable broth, oil, salt and pepper.
  • Dried beans: I used a 1 pound bag of 15 bean soup mix. You can also use 13 bean soup mix or 16 bean mix, whichever your local grocery store carries.
  • Vegetables: Chopped celery, carrots, and onion create a flavorful and aromatic base.
  • Garlic: Freshly minced garlic will add the most authentic taste, but jarred can be used in a pinch.
  • Seasonings and spices: A blend of chili powder, cumin, turmeric, salt, and pepper add earthiness and warmth with a hint of heat.
  • Coconut milk: You’ll need 14 ounces can of full fat or light coconut milk, both add a rich and creamy texture.
  • Tomato paste: Adds depth to the soup and brings out the flavors of the veggies.
  • Vegetable broth: I always use low-sodium vegetable broth to manage saltiness. Homemade vegetable broth works great too, if you have it.
  • Oil: A bit of oil is needed for sauteing, I used extra virgin olive oil.

How to Make 15 Bean Soup in Instant Pot

Making 15 bean soup in Instant Pot is a breeze with just 5 minutes of prep time. Perfect for busy days and one of my favorite healthy Instant Pot recipes!

Here’s a quick overview, there is a full recipe card below.

Step by step process how to make 15 bean soup in Instant Pot.
  • Sauté aromatics: Press the Saute button on your Instant Pot. Once it says Hot, coat the pot with oil then add in the onion, garlic, celery, and carrots. Let it saute for about 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Next, sprinkle in the chili powder, cumin, and turmeric, and saute for 30 seconds. Hit Cancel.
  • Add remaining ingredients: Pour in the beans, coconut milk, tomato paste, and vegetable broth. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Pressure cook: Seal the lid, switch the valve to Sealing mode, and hit Pressure Cook on High or Manual for 45 minutes.
  • Release pressure: After pressure cooking, wait 10 minutes before turning pressure release valve to Venting. Once the remaining pressure is released, remove the lid, stir, and enjoy!

Tips for Best Results

I have tested 15 bean soup in Instant Pot many times so you don’t have to, here are my top expert tips.

  • Use fresh beans: I always keep dried beans in my pantry, but it’s important to use them within a year to maintain their texture and avoid a tough, chewy texture when cooked. Also be sure to sort them and remove any small stones, debris, or damaged beans.
  • Don’t release pressure immediately: Remember to wait 10 minutes before venting to prevent any splattering when releasing pressure.
  • To thin out the soup: This soup naturally thickens as split peas and starches settle. For a lighter consistency, add more broth into the soup.
  • If you would like to soak the beans: If your beans are soaked, pressure cook the soup for 15 minutes. I’ve found that the Instant Pot cooks the beans perfectly tender without soaking, so I skipped that step.
  • Other vegetables to add: Use what you have on hand or add your favorites like diced tomatoes, bell peppers, green beans, kale, squash, fresh spinach, corn, or peas.
Instant pot 15 bean soup on a ladle above the pot.

What to Serve with 15 Bean Soup?

This soup is filling on its own, and when not aiming for a vegan option, I’ll add a dollop of sour cream, Greek yogurt, or shredded cheese.

As for bread, I had leftover baguette on hand, so I served soup with that. More classic pairing would be naan bread or pita. But honestly, any fresh bread will taste great with this soup.

For an extra touch, a simple lettuce salad and a healthy cornbread muffin do the trick.

How to Store and Reheat

Store: Allow the soup to cool, then transfer to an airtight container. Store in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.

Freeze: Transfer leftover soup to a freezer safe container, making sure to leave room for expansion. Freeze for up to 3 months, and thaw in the fridge overnight or on the counter for 5-6 hours.

FAQs

Should beans be soaked before pressure cooking?

No, the Instant Pot cooks the beans tender without soaking.

What are the 15 beans in 15 bean soup?

All mixes vary depending on what brand you have. Most variations include Northern beans, pinto beans, large lima beans, yellow beans, garbanzo beans, baby lima beans, green split peas, kidney beans, cranberry beans, small white beans, pink beans, small red beans, yellow split peas, lentils, navy beans, white kidney beans and black beans.

Can I use 13 bean or 16 bean soup mix?

Yes. For this 15 bean soup recipe you’ll need 2 1/4 cups of dried beans, so go ahead and use a 15 bean, 13 bean, or 16 bean soup mix, as long as you have the correct quantity.

What should I do if my beans come out undercooked?

If your beans need more time, seal the lid and pressure cook for an additional 10 minutes. Also, allowing the soup to sit for an extra 30 minutes, even after the pressure has been released, will soften the beans.

Can I add ham?

Sure! You can add shredded or chopped leftover holiday ham, store-bought ham, or smoked ham. You could also add chicken, leftover turkey, or smoked sausage.

More Bean Soup Recipes to Try

15 bean soup in Instant pot with a ladle.
Instant pot 15 bean soup in a bowl with spoon and slice of baguette.

Instant Pot 15 Bean Soup

Creamy Instant Pot 15 Bean Soup is loaded with tender beans and aromatic flavor. It's protein-packed, affordable and requires no pre-soaking!
5 from 2 votes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 286
Diet Gluten Free
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Pressure Up & Down Time 25 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes

Equipment

Ingredients 
 

Instructions 

  • Press Saute and wait until Instant Pot says Hot. Swirl oil to coat and add onion, garlic, celery and carrots. Saute for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add chili powder, cumin, turmeric and saute for another 30 seconds, stirring once. Press Cancel.
  • Add 15 bean soup mix, coconut milk, tomato paste, vegetable broth, salt and pepper. Close the lid, set valve to Sealing and press Pressure Cook on High or Manual for 45 minutes.
  • After wait 10 minutes and then turn pressure release valve to Venting to release remaining pressure, called Quick Release. Open the lid and stir.
  • Serve soup hot with your favorite garnishes and bread.

Notes

  • Store: Refrigerate soup in an airtight container for up to 3-4 days.
  • Freeze: Freeze in an airtight container, leaving some room for expansion, for up to 3 months. Thaw in the fridge overnight or on the counter for 5-6 hours.

Nutrition

Calories: 286kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Sodium: 355mg | Fiber: 16g | Sugar: 7g
Course: Soup and Stew
Cuisine: North American
Author: Olena Osipov
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Welcome! I grew up in Ukraine watching my grandma cook with simple ingredients. I have spent the last 11 years making it my mission to help you cook quick and easy meals for your family!

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