This soup is my go-to whenever I eat at Panera Bread (which has happened maybe 5 times ever, hah), and I have been craving it for the past few years. For some reason, I never got around to making though because I never had onions on hand or just didn't own cumin, but today, I realized I had everything I needed.

So black bean soup was made.


Ingredients

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  • 2 cans of black beans
  • 2 cans chicken broth (or whatever broth/stock)
  • 1 onion
  • carrots (i used 2)
  • 6 cloves of garlic
  • vinegar
  • cumin
  • bay leaves
  • oregano
  • chicken/beef boullion
  • salt + pepper

Methodology

Prep the carrot, onion, garlic, and green onion by chopping it up finely into bean-sized pieces. If you have a grater for the carrot, that would be A+.

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Rinse the beans to remove the goop and excess salt.

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Add the beans and chicken broth into a pot and start to boil. At this point, add in the bay leaves as well.

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On a separate burner, heat up a pan and start sauteeing the garlic and onion until the onion starts to soften and become translucent.

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Add in the carrot. You might need to pop a lid on top to keep in some of the heat to soften the carrot.

Add in the green pepper when the carrot gets softer.

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When all the veggies in the pan are done cooking, transfer them into a blender (or if you're blessed, throw them into the boiling beans and blast away with your immersion blender).

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Remove the bay leaves from the boiling pot. Add the beans and broth into the blender as well.

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Blend away! I only went for 15 seconds before reaching a consistency I liked.

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It's not that pretty, but black bean soup never is.

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Pour the mixture back into the pot. Season to taste with the cumin, oregano, vinegar, salt, and pepper.

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Ok, we're done.

Results

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I liked this, especially when topped with some shredded cheddar, but the SO wasn't a big fan since he doesn't like soups with random veggies. If you thicken this soup a bit more, I could see it being a great black bean dip to go with chips!

It is very warming because of the cumin, and fills your belly up with all of the fiber. I am excited for tomorrow's poops.