10 Recipe Ideas for Cooking Dried Beans Without Soaking Overnight

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3 minutes
January 19, 2023
Andi Gleeson

Soaking beans can be a pain. Luckily these recipe ideas for cooking dried beans don’t require an overnight soak!

Recipe Ideas for Cooking Dried Beans Without Soaking Overnight

Cooking Dried Beans Without Soaking Overnight

I have a love/hate relationship with dried beans. I love that they are cheap, easy to store, and free of salt or preservatives. I hate that I have to remember to soak them the night before. I inevitably forget and curse the beans the next morning when I realize I can’t make the recipe I planned for that day. Then I swear I’ll remember that night, forget again, and the beans get shoved to the back of the pantry.

Fortunately, there are a lot of recipes for cooking dried beans that don’t require soaking or use a quick-soak method. The slow cooker is one way you can skip soaking, or some beans like lentils don’t have to be soaked at all. Today I want to share 10 recipe ideas using dried beans that can be made in one day without soaking the night before (in case you have a bad memory like I do). Now you can buy dried beans and actually use them! Let’s get cooking!

10 Easy and Quick Recipes for Cooking Dried Beans

  1. White Bean Lentil Garlic Dip by Brooklyn Farm Girl – Pamela uses a 1-hour soak method that gets this healthy and delicious dip ready in a hurry!

Recipe Ideas for Cooking Dried Beans Without Soaking Overnight

  1. Slow Cooker Red Beans and Rice – This is one of my most popular recipes I think because it’s as easy as it is delicious. You can throw the dried red beans right into the slow cooker with no soaking!

Recipe Ideas for Cooking Dried Beans Without Soaking Overnight

  1. Tex Mex Black-Eyed Pea Casserole by Recipe Girl – You only need a half-hour for cooking the dried beans used in this amazing comfort food dish.

Recipe Ideas for Cooking Dried Beans Without Soaking Overnight

  1. Slow Cooker Refried Beans by Mom on Timeout – These refried beans look so perfect, and they couldn’t be easier to make!

Recipe Ideas for Cooking Dried Beans

  1. Slow Cooker Turkey and Lentil Sloppy Joes by Yummy Healthy Easy – How clever is this?! Add lentils to your sloppy joes for extra protein and fiber.

Recipe Ideas for Cooking Dried Beans Without Soaking Overnight

  1. Split Pea Soup with Smoked Gouda by The Food Charlatan – This beautifully green soup has ham and cheese, so I’m sold!

Recipe Ideas for Cooking Dried Beans Without Soaking Overnight

  1. Slow Cooker Lentil and Brown Rice Tacos – Economical and easy, and you won’t even miss the meat!

Recipe Ideas for Cooking Dried Beans Without Soaking Overnight

  1. Slow Cooker Black Bean Chili by Vegan in the Freezer – In this recipe, Ginny specifically tells us not to soak the beans. Love it!

Recipe Ideas for Cooking Dried Beans Without Soaking Overnight

  1. Healthy Stew with Sausage and Kale – Enjoy a bowl of hearty stew loaded with lentils, barley, greens, and more.

Recipe Ideas for Cooking Dried Beans Without Soaking Overnight

  1. Maple Spice Boston Baked Beans by The Daring Gourmet – Kimberly shares a quick-soak shortcut to skip the overnight soak on these luscious baked beans.

Recipe Ideas for Cooking Dried Beans Without Soaking Overnight

Andi Gleeson, food blogger

Andi Gleeson

Andi Gleeson is a passionate blogger and mom based in San Francisco who focuses on easy and delicious dinner recipes.

14 comments

Barbara
9 years ago

Thanks so much for posting,I’m making the red beans and rice tonight!!

Andi
9 years ago

I hope they turned out well, Barbara. Thank you!

Ginny McMeans
9 years ago

Really a great round-up Andi. Those tacos and lentil sloppy joe’s have got me all excited. :)

Andi
9 years ago

Thank you, Ginny! Glad you like it!

Karen @ The Food Charlatan
9 years ago

This is a genius recipe round up idea Andi! I’m loving it! Thanks for including my Split pea soup. I happen to be making it this week! Next I’m going to try those lentil sloppy joes! Yum!

Andi
9 years ago

Thank you, Karen! I love your soup recipe. Adding gouda is genius!

Liz
9 years ago

All nice recipes. Thank you Andi.

Andi
9 years ago

Thanks, Liz!

Joanne
9 years ago

Thank you for all of these yummy recipes!

Andi
9 years ago

Thank YOU, Joanne! Have a good weekend :)

Kimberly @ The Daring Gourmet
9 years ago

What a fabulous roundup of bean recipes, Andi, they all look so good!! Thanks so much for the inclusion of the baked beans! :)

Andi
9 years ago

Thanks, Kimberly! I hope to try your baked beans soon. They sound perfect!

Angie S
9 years ago

Thanks for the great list Andi!!!

Andi
9 years ago

You’re welcome, Angie! Thank you!

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