Saturday, February 28, 2009

insanely delicious, insanely easy black bean soup

Faith and I needed a quick and easy vegan lunch for today, so I made this black bean soup. I really love this soup. Here's how you make it:
Take 2 cans of your very favorite black beans ( I like Sun-Vista), undrained, and dump them in a pot with 1/2 cup fresh salsa, 1 T. chili powder, and 1 cup broth (I used 1 cup water + 1 t. "Better than Bouillon" vegetable base).
Bring to a boil.
When it has simmered a little (not much), blend it with your stick blender, a lot or just a little--it's up to you. Incidentally, I think a stick blender is one of those gadgets that's "worth it" in the kitchen. You can make lots of healthy blended soups without having to deal with hot liquid in the blender.
That's it--enjoy! I served this with avocado slices and a couple tortilla chips, but it is delicious plain as well.

27 comments:

Rach said...

Looks great. I am following your Vegan till Six eating plan with interest. I am not sure if I would give up some things on the list but I love hearing of all the yummy things you are eating.

I hope you are all well and looking forward to spring. Our first offical day of Fall (autumn) in Australia... At least great apples are coming back to the stores!

Sarah said...

We've also been eating more beans. Lou politely asked us to cut back as the aftermath of all the bean eating has been slightly embarrassing in school :)

Joy said...

That does look tasty! I have a similar recipe that I call insta-chili.

Di said...

I love black beans- I made them with pineapple salsa last week - yum! But your soup looks delicious too! I saw a recipe once that used the residual liquid from cooking a ham in coca cola to make black bean soup!

Michaela said...

I love that black bean soup. I make one exactly the same way, except I blend half of it and leaf the other half chunky.
I love your idea of slicing avocado in it. I just found a recipe for black bean burgers yesterday in my new Gourmet magazine. Yum.

Jessica said...

I can't wait to try this recipe...I'm thinking it will be a great midweek lunch!

woolanthropy said...

That is a fast soup and it looks delicious! That is going on the short list of recipes to try.

melissa s. said...

oh yum! i'm definitely trying this!

Peggy said...

I know what we are having for lunch at our house today. Thanks.

Jenna aka Town&Country Mouse, formerly Citygirl said...

Yum, I can't wait to try this!!
I've been meaning to get a stick blender for a few years now...what brand do you use?

Gretchen said...

oh yum. Looks divine!

Pamela said...

I came across your blog thru green week. I love this recipe...I wanted to try a few more soups before the winter was over. I will have to try this! thanks

Katie @ 3 Blondes and a Redhead said...

I've never seen a stick blender before. Thanks for including it in the picture - I would have been stumped!

SK said...

I just stumbled across your blog accidentally and love it! Thank you for the awesome visuals!

Liz said...

Yummmmmmm. Made this today for lunch. Came together quickly and quite easily. I added some cumin as I'm a complete cumin addict. I think it added a nice depth of flavor to it! Ate with some soft tortilla strips for dipping. Also left half unblended for a bit of chunk! Thanks for a simple recipe for one of my favorite soups! I always thought it would be too complicated, but this was just my speed!

farleece said...

Hi, I saw this on Crafty Crow this morning and couldn't wait to make it for lunch today. I added a little bit of fresh cilantro as well.

It was DELISH!! And so quick and easy to make. Thanks!

Meredith

Scribbit said...

It sounds wonderful--stumbled it!

Molly said...

looks delicious! i'm all over insanely easy.

Kelly said...

I made saw this here and made it up (for the first time - I've made it a few times since) a couple weeks ago and then saw it mentioned on the crafty crow today. It was excellent. Thanks so much for the recipe!

imaginecreativenamehere said...

Yum! I came over here from The Crafty Cow and am so glad I did! I love black beans and haven't made black bean soup in a long while. I have a similar recipe from Cooking Light magazine that I used to make so often. I am now the proud owner of a stick blender (thanks to my hubby who gave it to me for Christmas) so I will be making some black bean soup next week. I'm enjoying poking around your older posts!

Monkey's Mama said...

thank you for sharing - can't wait to make it!

Little Ol' Liz said...

Someone linked me to this recipe, and it's been haunting me since. It nearly drove me crazy trying to remember who-what-where, but I'll make sure to add you to my Reader so I don't miss anything again!

Thanks for the killer recipe.

JOY said...

YUM!!

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Susan said...

Mary Beth, I have made this soup several times now and LOVE IT! My children gobble it up too! Thank you for sharing it!

Dana said...

I have been making this as a staple in my diet for about 6 months now. It is insanely delicious and insanely easy. I usually use fresh salsa in the produce dept. Mmmmmmmm. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

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