Soups | September 10, 2018

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.

Panera black bean soup in white bowls with avocado, lime wedges, and feta cheese.

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

Panera black bean soup in two white bowls atop linen napkins.

As Easy As One Two Three

This Panera Black Bean Soup is as easy as 1,2,3.

  1. Chop veggies
  2. Add Beans & seasonings
  3. Heat

Panera black bean soup veggies.

Pantry Cooking

This meal is perfect for those days when you don’t have any groceries, and don’t want to run to the store.  Many of these ingredients you likely have in your pantry already:

  • black beans
  • dice tomatoes
  • tomato sauce

Panera black bean soup ingredients.

Season It Up

What makes this dish so incredible delicious is the seasoning blend.  Panera Black Bean Soup has a slight Mexican flavor, and that is what makes it so good.  So, don’t skip the spices here.  You’ll need:

  • salt
  • Mexican oregano
  • cumin
  • smoked paprika
  • chili powder
  • vegetable bouillon (can use chicken as well)

Panera black bean soup spices.

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
Panera Black Bean Soup in white bowl with a wooden spoon.

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5 from 2 votes
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: Desarae
  • 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.