Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Healthy Black Bean Soup

Another recipe from our belated wedding shower. This recipe is from my Mom who found it in one of her Rachel Ray coookbooks. It must be a Rachel Ray week for me.

The soup was really easy to make, full of veggies, and perfect for a chilly fall night. Cornbread was a perfect accompiniant. Only bummer thing about this soup was that I accidently bought black soy beans instead of real black beans! Black soy beans are not that good.
Black Bean Soup:
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (EVOO), 2 turns of the pan
1 sprig fresh bay leaves or 1 large dried bay leaf
1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and chopped
4 cloves garlic, chopped
3 ribs celery with greens, chopped
1 large onion, chopped
1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
3 cans black beans (15 ounces)
2 tablespoons ground cumin
1 1/2 teaspoons coriander -- I omitted this and used fresh lime juice in its place
Salt and pepper
2-3 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons hot sauce, divided
2 cups chicken or vegetable stock

1 can diced tomatoes, diced tomatoes with peppers and onions or stewed tomatoes (15 ounces)
Heat a medium size soup pot over medium-high heat. Add EVOO to hot pot then bay leaves, jalapeño, garlic, celery and onions. Cook 3-4 minutes, then add red peppers and continue to cook. Drain 2 cans of beans and add them. With remaining can, pour the juice and half the beans into the pot. Use a fork to mash up the beans remaining in the can. Stir the mashed beans into the pot and season with cumin, coriander, salt and pepper and 2-3 tablespoons hot sauce. Add stock and tomatoes to the stoup and bring to a bubble. Reduce heat and simmer 15 minutes over low heat.


  1. yummy! I love trying the recipes on your post!

  2. I love quick and easy soups...I had no idea there was such a thing as black soy beans.

  3. My mom says you should eat a handful of black beans everyday, she read that in Skinny Bitch or something...

    Random, I know, but that's what came to mind when I saw this recipe!

  4. Ha! Well, I'm a healthy gal. ;-)

    The entire time Jake and I were making it we kept saying, "Beans, beans the magical fruit, the more you eat, the more you toot!"

  5. Isn't your new profile pic cuuuute!

  6. I love black bean soup! Platinum Chef Challenge #10 just started! Hopefully you will join this round. http://themissingingredient.wordpress.com/