Friday Foodie: Black Bean Soup
This is one of my all time favorite soup recipes, adapted from the Vegan Piggy, a blogspot that has been inactive for several years now. I changed up the amount of broth, the tomatoes and spices a bit. It is definitely a very tasty, easy to make, delicious soup.
One thing about my videos, I do them as they come. I don’t set a stage or anything like that. I’m cooking just like you are sometimes, in pajamas early in the morning (that would be in this video for sure), or in the evening, tired at the end of a long day. Life happens and taking time to cook, means you fit it in where you can. The great thing about soups, they are easy to do in the morning, as you can chop up everything, throw it in a pot and let it simmer while you dress for work. Ladle some up into a jar, throw the rest in the fridge for later, and you walk out the door with a great lunch. Add an apple and cut up veggies, and you are well fed. Then you have lunch for the week, or dinner the next night.
Here’s the video and the printable recipe is at the bottom.
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- 1 lb black beans, soaked, rinsed and cooked. OR 4 cans of black beans, rinsed
- 3 C. Vegetable Stock
- 1 Can Organic Diced Tomatoes with green chile (without chile is fine too)
- 2 Tbs. water
- 4 Cloves Garlic, minced
- 1 Medium yellow or white onion, diced
- 2 Carrots, peeled and sliced
- 2 t. Cumin
- ½ - 1 t. Chili Powder, depending on how hot you desire
- 1 t. Smoked Paprika
- Salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
- ¼ - ½ C. cilantro
- Place one third of beans and tomatoes in blender, and process until smooth.
- Heat a heavy frying pan on medium heat.
- Once hot, add water and chopped onions and carrots.
- Sauté for five minutes.
- Add garlic and sauté until an additional two minutes.
- Add broth, spices, bean puree and the rest of the beans to the mix.
- If you like a more brothy soup, add ½ - 1 cup more stock.
- If you like a thicker soup, reduce broth from 3 cups to 2 cups.
- Reduce to very low heat.
- Cover and simmer slowly about 20 minutes, stirring every once in a while to prevent the beans from burning at the bottom of the pan.
- Before serving, add fresh cilantro.
- This soup tastes great with a small scoop of brown rice.
- Serve with a small salad for a completely satisfying meal.