Feeling cold? Try this easy soup recipe! It’s a full meal – carbs, protein, veggies, and it packs a kick in the flavour arena.
And hey, haven’t you heard? Beans are the future.
Seriously. Vegetarian, high protein, and delicious. Enjoyed by people of all ages and all ethnicities. A poor man’s food? Bah. Beans are for everyone, rich or poor!
One of my favourite beans is the black bean – thrown into a salad, chilli, tacos, wraps, or this delicious black bean soup.
This black bean soup is rich and comforting (thanks to the pureed beans) while being low-fat and nutritious. This recipe could totally be adapted for a crock pot and you could also opt to puree the whole thing, although I like having some whole beans in there. My favourite meal to eat this with is a souped-up “breakfast for dinner,” served alongside some fresh bread, eggs, and salsa. My version of a disassembled huevos rancheros, I suppose!
So sit back, relax, and dig into this great make-ahead meal!
Black Bean Soup
2 tbsp vegetable oil
1 cup carrots, chopped
2 stalks celery, cut in halves
1 large onion, chopped
5 cloves garlic, minced
2 large tomatoes, diced
2 cups black beans, soaked
3 cups vegetable broth
3 cups water
2 tsp cumin
2 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp paprika
½ tsp onion powder
Salt, to taste
Fresh cilantro, chopped, for garnish
- Add vegetable oil to a large stock pot set over medium-high heat.
- Once oil has warmed up, add carrots, halved celery, and chopped onion. Allow vegetables to sautee for 3-4 minutes.
- Add minced garlic and cook until fragrant, or about 1-2 minutes. Add tomatoes and cook for another minute.
- Add 1 cup of black beans, vegetable broth, and water. Allow to come to a low boil and add all the spices. Turn down heat to low and let cook for 20 minutes.
- After 20 minutes, remove the halved celery (which by now is soggy celery) and puree the soup using either an immersion blender or an upright blender.
- Once the soup has been pureed, add the remaining cup of black beans and mix in. Heat over medium-low heat and serve with fresh cilantro, sour cream, and cut up tortillas or tortilla chips.