Soups | October 9, 2020

Panera Black Bean Soup

Try our version of Panera Black Bean Soup – made in minutes in your pressure cooker.  Hearty beans and carrots combine with bright tomato and savory cumin for a delicious restaurant quality, vegetarian soup made from pantry staples in the comfort of your own home.

A 3/4 view of black bean soup garnished with avocado, pico, feta cheese and lime.

What Is Black Bean Soup?

Think of black bean soup as a vegetarian chili made with black beans rather than pinto.  I love the rich flavor the black beans bring.  For this recipe we season the soup with cumin and tomato for a bright and delicious soup.

Two bowls of Panera black bean soup atop a grey plate. There is a pinch bowl of cilantro, a baguette slice, and a lime on the plate. There are spoons and a white napkin to the side. There is also a platter of sliced baguettes.

What Do I Need to Make Panera Black Bean Soup?

This is really a pantry cooking recipe. Many of the ingredients you probably already have on hand. You’ll need:

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion
  • 4 carrots
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 3 (15oz) cans of black beans (do not drain)
  • 1 (15oz) can of diced tomatoes (do not drain)
  • 1 (8oz) can of tomato sauce
  • 2 tbsp vegetable bouillon (chicken works too if you aren’t making this vegetarian)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp Mexican oregano
  • 1/4 tsp chili powder

Ingredients needed to make black bean soup in bowls: black beans, tomatoes, carrots, spices.

How Do I Make Panera Black Bean Soup?

This Panera Black Bean Soup really a dump and forget meal.

1. Add olive oil to pressure cooker and set to saute.

2. Add carrots and onions. Cook until carrots are tender crisp.

3. Add in garlic and cook until fragrant.

4. Pour in black beans.

Onions and carrots being sauteed in a pressure cooker.

5. Add diced tomatoes.

6. Pour in tomato sauce.

7. Add seasonings. Seal pressure cooker and cook on manual high setting for 15 minutes.  Use a quick release to release the pressure.

8. Garnish with avocado, feta, pico, and limes.

How to make black bean soup - fill instant pot with ingredients and cook.

Why Should I Eat Black Bean Soup?

Black beans are filled with nutrients that can:

  • lower cholesterol
  • lower blood pressure
  • help you lose weight
  • Contain Vitamin B1, protein, iron, folate, copper, magnesium, manganese, potassium, zinc
  • Beans as a protein source helps reduce the amount of saturated fat consumed from animal proteins

An overhead shot of Panera black bean soup. There are two bowls filled. One is on a plate and one is not. There are limes and cilantro scattered.

Top It Like It’s Hot

One of my favorite things about this soup, besides the amazing taste – are the toppings.  So don’t be shy!  Load this soup up with:

  • Mexican crema
  • feta cheese
  • avocado
  • lime
  • cilantro
  • tortilla chips
  • diced onions
Three bowls of black bean soup shot from overhead. All are garnished with avocado, feta, and pico. There is a white towel to the side as well as silver spoons and a small bowl of cilantro.
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A 3/4 view of black bean soup garnished with avocado, pico, feta cheese and lime.
Panera Vegetarian Black Bean Soup
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
30 mins

A copycat of the Panera favorite - vegetarian black bean soup. Heart beans and carrots, with bright tomato, onion, cumin & paprika.

Course: Main Course, Main Dish, Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: black bean soup, panera soup, vegetarian bean soup
Servings: 6 entreé-size portions
Calories: 284 kcal
Author: Kadee
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion diced
  • 4 carrots diced
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 45 oz canned black beans do not drain
  • 15 oz. can diced tomatoes do not drain
  • 8 oz. can tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable bouillon or chicken bouillon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon mexican oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • avocado
  • sour cream
  • feta cheese
  • minced red onion
  • cilantro
  • tortilla chips
  1. Heat oil or butter in large pot, add onion, carrots, and garlic. Sauté about 10 minutes, or until carrots are tender crisp.

  2. Add remaining ingredients, except garnish. Simmer about 15 minutes.

  3. Garnish as desired.

Pressure Cooker
  1. Using saute setting, heat oil.  Add onion, carrots, and garlic. Sauté about 10 minutes, or until carrots are tender crisp.

  2. Add remaining ingredients, except garnish. 

  3. Set to 15 minutes on manual.  Use a quick release.

  4. Garnish as desired.

Recipe Video

Nutrition Facts
Panera Vegetarian Black Bean Soup
Amount Per Serving (16 ounces)
Calories 284 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Sodium 1360mg59%
Potassium 1078mg31%
Carbohydrates 46g15%
Fiber 17g71%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 14g28%
Vitamin A 7165IU143%
Vitamin C 19.4mg24%
Calcium 125mg13%
Iron 5.5mg31%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. I seriously love this black bean soup! I make it all the time. Its easy, delicious and healthy, which is exactly what I’m looking for. We usually treat it like a chili and top it with cheddar cheese and sour cream, but we also love it with feta cheese, quinoa and avocado on top!

  2. 5 stars
    Loved this recipe! Boyfriend and I gobbled up gleefully, and are excited and relieved there are leftovers for tomorrow!

    I made some improvisations:
    – Used 3 vine-ripened tomatoes instead of canned (mid- to large- sized)
    – Skipped the salt, but went a bit generous on the other spices
    – Made 1 cup of quinoa on the side and added it at the end– adds a nice texture and makes it even heartier!
    – Added a handful of chopped cilantro to the soup at the end before serving

    Love love love! Will definitely be using this recipe again and again.


  3. 5 stars
    Can this be frozen and reheated? I don’t see why not but just wanted to check if anyone has tried it!