Black Bean Soup

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There’s nothing like soup on a cold, wintry day. This recipe from Our Best Bites will have your home smelling absolutely delicious. You will see that it is very easy to make, freezes well and gets tastier as it is stored in the fridge. It’s very easy to adjust the seasonings to your own taste and some toppings that I like to use are the So Delicious cultured coconut milk, crushed up tortilla chips, Daiya shredded cheese, sliced scallions, chopped cilantro and chunks of avocado. You can add just about anything you want.

Black bean soup

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons chopped or minced garlic
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 2 carrots, thinly sliced
  • 2 stalks celery, thinly sliced
  • 2 cans of black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 3.5 ounce can green chilies
  • 2 cans of chicken or vegetable broth, equaling 28 ounces total
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano leaves
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Optional toppings:
    • dairy-free yogurt
    • Daiya cream cheese spread
    • Daiya cheese shreds
    • tortilla chips
    • chopped cilantro
    • chopped green onion
    • chopped avocado
    • lime wedges

Directions:

  1. Place a large stock pot on the stove top and set to medium high heat. When pan is warm add oil, carrots, celery, onion and garlic and sauté for 4 to 5 minutes.
  2. Add in all of the spices and stir until the spices become aromatic.
  3. Add in the black beans, chilies and broth.
  4. Simmer uncovered for about 20 to 25 minutes or until the carrots are tender.
  5. Remove from heat.
  6. Remove bay leaf.
  7. Blend until smooth using an immersion blender or if using a standard blender be sure to remove the stopper from the lid to let the heat escape. Place a paper towel over the hole to avoid splatters.
  8. Ladle into bowls and top with desired toppings.

Recipe from Our Best Bites

I use my immersion blender to make the soup into a puree. I bought my Cuisinart immersion blender for under $20 at Costco. I absolutely love this very small and useful kitchen tool. There is just one warning if you have never used one before …. do not lift the blade out of the liquid while it is turned on or you will cover your kitchen in whatever it is you’re blending. (Been there, done that. Enough said…) But once you get the hang of it you’ll decide that it is one of your favorite kitchen appliances. Here goes. Prepare for major Yummies ahead!

black bean soup

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