Need an easy, wholesome and hearty dinner that the whole family will love? This Instant Pot 15 Bean Cajun Soup is the best soup you can whip up on busy weeknights. And this healthy soup recipe packs in tons of meaty texture and flavor into every bite.
This vegetarian 15 bean soup is loaded with beans, celery, onions, diced tomatoes and plenty of spices and flavors. Adding a fresh lemon juice brings a pop of fresh flavors and wonderful tangy taste to this hearty soup.
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This is a perfect Fall and Winter soup recipe. Hearty, warming and comforting. And the best part – making it in electric pressure cooker is practically effortless.
That’s why Instant Pot or electric pressure cooker is my go to choice in making one-pot meals, soups , rice and beans.
15 Bean Cajun Vegetable Soup is a “dump and push start” Instant Pot recipe. No baby sitting, stirring or day long waiting. The beans cook much faster, and perfectly.
Electric pressure cooking is hands-off and without active monitoring especially when you are making beans, rice and root vegetables like potatoes, beets and squash. I simply love making soups, stews and curries in electric pressure cooker.
HOW TO MAKE INSTANT POT 15 BEAN CAJUN SOUP
This soup was made in a 6 quart Duo Instant Pot. If you have another model or size, the cook time will be the same.
All you need to do is put all the ingredients in the instant pot and let the electric pressure cooker do it’s magic. Beans cook to perfect tender softness and all the veggies and seasoning lock in ultimate taste !!
After it is done cooking, just open the lid, smell the incredible aroma and dig in. Super easy-super simple-super delicious !!
Useful Tools to Make This Soup
Where Do I find 15 Bean Soup Mix?
15 Bean Soup” bags are commonly available in most major grocery stores and on Amazon. I love this mix since there is a good variety of different beans providing beautiful colors, textures, patterns, and sizes.
These pre mix 15 bean packets usually come with a seasoning packet. I prefer to use different seasoning mix ( our favorite) Additionally we add some more herbs and spices. And that makes it extra flavorful and delicious!
Is Bean Soup Healthy?
Beans are naturally nutritious, powerful super food. They’re full of plant protein, fiber and antioxidants. Eating beans help you feel full more quickly and it helps with slower rise in blood sugar. This very fact adds a great benefit in weight loss management.
This Vegan 15 Bean Soup is :
- oil free, gluten free and dairy free.
- Low calorie and highly nutritional.
- Hearty, wholesome, delicious and easy.
- Ideal for weeknight dinner and easy meal prep.
- Super affordable. You can feed family of 4 under $10 multiple times.
What are the ingredients of Cajun 15 Bean Soup ?
- A bag of dried 15 beans – I have used Hurst’s HamBeens Cajun 15 Bean Soup mix. (not a sponsored post)
- Fire roasted diced tomatoes
- Veggie Mix : Celery , Onion, Garlic
- Seasoning : Cajun Seasoning ; Bay Leaves, Salt and pepper, Fresh Basil or Parsley
- Lemon juice
- Low Sodium Vegetable Stock or water
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- Easy Healthy Black Bean Soup
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- Moroccan Lentil Stew
Storage and Meal Prep
This 15 Bean Vegetarian Soup is also wonderful one pot dinner soup to use as a meal prep. I often make a big batch and keep leftovers for next day lunch. My kids love warm soup in thermos especially on cold wintry days.
This bean soup is so affordable and budget friendly yet very delicious and filling.
You can make a big batch and store it in refrigerator for up to 5 days. Pack it in individual servings if you plan to freeze it.
WHAT TO SERVE WITH 15 BEAN VEGETABLE SOUP
This soup is filling and a complete meal on its own so you could just serve it on it’s own. You could add a avocado slices , cheese or tortilla chips as toppings. I do serve this soup with some crusty baguette or sourdough bread and hearty salad to make it gourmet meal.
Can I change the seasoning and flavors of 15 Bean Vegetarian Soup ?
You sure can. If you want to change up the seasoning, you can skip cajun seasoning or the packaged seasoning that comes with the bag. Instead try using curry powder, smoked paprika, taco seasoning or cumin powder.
Adding a dash of onion salt, garlic powder, turmeric or red chili powder kicks up the flavors to another notch.
How to reduce sodium content of 15 Bean Cajun Vegetable Soup?
- Choose water or low sodium vegetable broth.Skip adding extra salt.
- Since seasoning packet already contains salt, use no sodium Cajun seasoning instead.
Do I Need To Soak The Beans
Soaking the beans is optional. I have made this soup both ways. If you can, do soak the beans overnight. However, it’s not necessary. Adjust the cooking time depending upon whether you are using soaked or un-soaked beans.
- Overnight soaked beans – 20 minutes high pressure.
- Un-soaked Beans – 40 minutes high pressure.
Regardless of what you choose, make sure to wash and clean the beans by running under tap water for couple minutes
What goes in 15 bean soup mix?
15 bean varieties includes Pinto beans, Large Lima, Black-eyed, Garbanzo,Yellow Split Pea, Northern, Kidney, White Kidney, Pink Bean, Small Red, Baby Lima, Green Split Pea, Cranberry Bean, Small White, Lentil, Navy, Black Bean.
Since the cooking time for each of these beans is different, there WILL be some mushy beans.
The longer cooking time ensures that the tougher to cook beans like Garbanzo are cooked perfectly. However in the process, split peas do tend to get mushy. I do like the different textures this wonderful bean soup mix provides.
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- 1 package (20 ounces) 15 BEAN SOUP
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 tablespoon Cajun seasoning
- 2 stalks celery, diced
- 1 can (15 oz.) fire roasted diced tomatoes
- 1 onion, diced
- 6 cup low sodium broth or water
- Salt and black pepper - adjust to taste
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- Fresh basil or Parsley for garnish
Wash, rinse and sort through the beans. Add them to the pressure cooker steel insert along with the vegetable broth or water. Add all ingredients in the pot except lemon juice and salt, pepper. Mix well.
Put on the lid and set the valve to "sealing." Set the pressure cooker to MANUAL "high pressure" for 40 minutes.
Once the cooker has reached pressure and cooked for 40 minutes, allow the pressure to release naturally for about 10 minutes. After that, release leftover pressure by turning the valve to venting.
Remove the lid carefully and stir in the lemon juice, salt and black pepper, Taste and add more seasoning if needed.
Stir well and let it sit for 5 minutes so that flavors mend together. Mash the beans little bit once the soup is cooked and then simmer for few minutes if you like thicker soup.
Using a ladle, pour the soup in the serving containers. Sprinkle with fresh basil or parsley as desired. Serve hot. Bon appetit!!
Soaking the beans is optional. I have made this soup both ways. If you can, do soak the beans overnight. However, it's not necessary. Adjust the cooking time depending upon whether you are using soaked or un-soaked beans.
- Overnight soaked beans - 20 minutes high pressure.
- Un-soaked Beans - 40 minutes high pressure.
Regardless of what you choose, make sure to wash and clean the beans by running under tap water for couple minutes.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 123Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 7mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 3gSugar: 6gProtein: 8g