Mmmm delicious 15 Bean Soup Instant Pot Recipe is delicious with ham, sausage, cooked chicken or even ground beef. This rich and hearty soup recipe can also be made in the Crock Pot or slow cooker for a delicious meal.
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Recipe first seen on Savory Experiments where I contribute Content and Photos
Maybe you've never tried to make a soup with dried beans. No worries, I've got you friend. Let me help you make a delicious 15 bean mix soup that will knock your socks off with fantastic flavor and perfectly cooked beans.
I've got lots of tips for you along the way, so keep reading so you don't miss any of them. It's very important to rinse and sort the beans. What do I mean by sorting beans? That just means to pull out any beans that don't look quite right and look for small pebbles or anything that doesn't look right.
It's not uncommon to find a variety of miscellaneous items in a package of dried beans. So truly, do not skip this step.
Shopping List for Instant Pot 15 Bean Soup
- Dry Bean Mix
- Diced tomatoes (Canned)
- Cooked Meat like Ham, Chicken, Ground Beef or even sausage!
- Bay Leaves
- Seasonings: celery seed, Italian Seasoning, Kosher Salt, Liquid Smoke
- Garnish: Sour Cream, Greek Yogurt, Cheese, and don't forget a loaf of French bread to dip into it.
How to make 15 Bean Soup Recipe
I prefer to make this recipe in the Instant Pot or Electric Pressure Cooker. It is by far the easiest and quickest without soaking the beans overnight.
As I mentioned, make sure to rinse and sort the bean mix and remove any debris or odd beans. Heat Instant Pot to Saute and allow to get hot before adding a little butter or olive oil and diced onion. Saute and allow the onions to sweat for a couple of minutes.
Add diced carrots and celery and cook for a minute or two more making sure to scrape the bottom as needed.
How to Deglaze an Instant Pot
It's important to always deglaze the bottom of an Instant Pot. This step is easy. Use ¼ to ½ cup of the thin liquid from the recipe and add.
Using a flat bottom wooden spoon or silicone scraper, scrap the bottom of the pot lifting anything that might be stuck. The liquid helps to release anything stuck.
Clearing the bottom of the Pressure Cooker will help from getting the Burn Notice and it only takes a few seconds to accomplish.
Next add broth and seasonings and finally dry bean mixture. Making sure to add a Bay Leaf or two on top and close the lid. Pressure Cook and allow for a 15 minute Natural Pressure Release before opening the pressure value and releasing the remaining pressure.
Remove the lid and add leftover ham and diced tomatoes. Adding additional salt and pepper to taste is important and don't forget a splash of vinegar or any citrus juice right before serving. The acid helps to enhance the flavor of the soup and is delicious.
Make sure to serve soup with French Bread and garnish with cheese, sour cream or even Greek Yogurt.
What Beans are in 15 Bean Soup
There is not a standard list of beans in the mixture as brands can vary the types of beans. But typically you will find these beans.
- Split Pea (yellow and green)
- Lima (large and small)
- Black Bean
- White Kidney
- Small White
- Small Red
You can however make your own bean blend. Use 20 ounces of dry beans for this recipe.
How long to Dry Beans Last?
Dry beans are a pantry ingredient that last years. As an excellent source of fiber and protein they will fill your tummy and are an inexpensive way to stretch any recipe if needed too. Make sure to check out my Homemade Refried Beans Recipe. It has rave reviews and is truly wonderful.
Types of Meat
This recipe can be made with or without meat. Here are a few favorite ideas to try. Remember these needed to be fully cooked before adding to this recipe.
- Cubed Ham you can also use Ham Hocks or a Ham Bone
- Ground Beef
Beans can be a little tricky but they aren't difficult. And just like pasta everyone has a different definition of what the texture of a cooked bean should be and taste like. I suggest a bean that is cooked and no longer hard but not cooked so long it become paste for this bean soup mix recipe.
You can easily check and test beans and decide for yourself if they need a few minutes more pressure cooking time without any problem at all.
Crock Pot 15 Bean Soup
This recipe is also easily made in the Crock Pot but does require soaking beans overnight first. To soak beans place in a large pot and fill with water allowing the beans to soak for at least 8 hours.
Then saute diced onions and other vegetables before adding to Slow Cooker. Drain beans that have been soaking overnight and place in crock pot with seasonings, broth and don't forget a Bay Leaf or two.
Cook on low for 6-7 hours or until beans are tender. Add cooked chicken, sausage, bacon, or even ham and allow to cook 30 more minutes before serving.
When reheating Soup I like to add additional water or broth. This soup thickens as it cools. Adding additional water or broth will help to reheat and thin the consistency.
What to Serve with 15 Bean Soup
As I've mentioned it is a hearty meal all on it's own, but it's always a great idea to serve with a side salad, french bread or even my 7-Up Biscuits. YUMMMY.
In honor of National Bean Day in January, enjoy some delicious Bean Recipes from my fellow bloggers
- 15 Bean Soup from Devour Dinner
- Bavarian Cassoulet from Palatable Pastime
- Bean and Bacon Soup from Hezzi-D's Books and Cooks
- Cast Iron Root Beer Baked Beans from The Spiffy Cookie
- Cheesy Tomato and White Bean Dip from Magical Ingredients
- Portuguese Beans from That Recipe
- Quick Samp and Beans from A Kitchen Hoor's Adventures
- Three Sisters Stew from Art of Natural Living
15 Bean Soup
- 20 oz 15 Bean Mix Dry Bean Mix
- 7 Cups Broth Chicken or Vegetable
- 2 Tablespoons Butter
- ¾ Cup Onion Diced
- 1 Cup Carrot Diced
- 2 Stalks Celery Diced
- 2 teaspoon Garlic Minced
- 1-2 Bay Leaf(s)
- 14 ounce Diced Tomatoes Canned
- 1 Cup Cooked Meat Ham, Bacon, Chicken, Ground Beef, OR Sausage
- 1 ½ teaspoon Kosher Salt
- ½ teaspoon Celery Seed
- 1 teaspoon Italian Seasonings
- 1 Tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar
- 2 dashes Liquid Smoke Optional
- Heat Instant Pot to Saute and allow to get hot before adding a little butter or olive oil and diced onion. Saute and allow the onions to sweat for a couple of minutes.
- Add diced carrots and celery and cook for a minute or two more making sure to scrape the bottom as needed.
- add broth and seasonings and finally dry bean mixture. Making sure to add a Bay Leaf or two on top and close the lid.
- Pressure Cook on High for 40 minutes.
- Allow for a 15 minute Natural Pressure Release before opening the pressure value and releasing the remaining pressure.
- Remove the lid and add leftover ham or other meat of choice and diced tomatoes.
- Before serving add Apple Cider Vinegar and serve
- Garnish with Cheese, Sour Cream or Green Yogurt. Serve with French Bread, Biscuits or rolls.