Sep 16, 2017

Smoky Black Bean Soup

This Smoky Black Bean Soup is perfect for a busy weeknight meal. Pair it with a salad, and you have dinner for two.

This Smoky Black Bean Soup is perfect for a busy weeknight meal. Pair it with a salad, and you have dinner for two.

The recipe for this black bean soup generously serves two, but it can easily be doubled or tripled to feed an entire family.

This month, the Soup Saturday Swappers are sharing recipes for quick weeknight soups. This time of year is always busy, with the kids going back to school, and with the holidays coming (eek!). When you need to get dinner on the table in a hurry, a hearty bowl of soup that is easy to throw together is the perfect solution.

This Smoky Black Bean Soup is perfect for a busy weeknight meal. Pair it with a salad, and you have dinner for two.

This black bean soup gets its smoky flavor from a little bit of the sauce from chipotle chiles in adobo. I always keep a few cans in the pantry to add flavor to sauces and dishes. It's also wonderful added to ketchup. You can also substitute chipotle chile powder.

This smoky black bean soup is delicious, filling, and ready to serve in just 20 minutes.

Soup Saturday Swappers was started by Wendy of A Day in the Life on the Farm. Each month, we share soup recipes based on a theme. This month's theme, Quick Weeknight Soups, was chosen by Amy of Amy's Cooking Adventures.

After the recipe, be sure to check out the rest of the recipes. You can't have too many quick and easy recipes, right?
Smoky Black Bean Soup Recipe

Smoky Black Bean Soup Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 jalapeño, finely diced
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon sauce from canned chipotles in adobo, or 1 teaspoon chipotle chile powder
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 15 ounce can black beans (do not drain or rinse)
  • 1 cup chicken, beef, or vegetable stock
  • 2 scallions, sliced
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro, plus more for garnish
  • Sour cream, for garnish
  • Smoked paprika, for garnish

Instructions

  1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium. Add the onion and jalapeño and cook for about 5 minutes, until the onion is translucent.
  2. Add the tomato paste and chipotle sauce, and stir to combine. Add the garlic and cook for another 30 seconds. Add the cumin, black beans, and the stock. Bring to a simmer and let cook, stirring occasionally, for about 10 minutes.
  3. Add the scallions and cilantro and divide the soup between two bowls. Garnish with sour cream, cilantro, and smoked paprika. Serve.
Yield: 2 servings

Recipe adapted from the wonderful cookbook Comfort and Joy: Cooking for Two, Small Batch Meals for Every Occasion by Christina Lane. I highly recommend this cookbook.

This Smoky Black Bean Soup is perfect for a busy weeknight meal. Pair it with a salad, and you have dinner for two.



22 comments:

  1. I love the sound of the flavors in this soup, Karen. And it is just gorgeous, too! Nice one! P~

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  2. This soup sounds lovely and I need not have worried about treading on your toes because our soups are totally different. I'm intrigued that you don't drain nor rinse your black beans for this soup. Does it add more flavor?

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    1. Our soups were totally different! The undrained beans do add some body to the soup. The soup is thicker and heartier. It also has a more "beany" flavor. Just don't add any more salt.

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  3. I love the adobe sauce and always have some leftover in my freezer- great recipe for a weeknight for sure!

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    1. Thanks! I like to empty a can and mix it up with my immersion blender and keep portions in the freezer. It adds such an amazing smoky flavor.

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  4. Mmmmm, this sounds wonderful! I would love a of that bowl smoky soup.

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  5. as I read your post, my kitchen has intense smell of chipotle chilis in adobo - isn't that a fantastic ingredient? I used for some flank steak that shall be our dinner tomorrow in the form of tacos or fajitas or over rice. So many possibilities

    Black bean soup, reminds me of my childhood in Brazil, a favorite of my Mom, although as the picky eater I was, I was not too fond of it... of course, I wised up ;-)

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    1. It's the best stuff. Just had some mussels bathed in a sauce that included it. So good!

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  6. Karen, this looks delicious!!! I love black bean soup.

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  7. Excellent recipe Karen! We're trying to increase our plant protein intake, so this definitely hit the nail on the head! Thanx so much dear!
    xoxo

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    1. It's super easy and a great source of protein.

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  8. Ya know what? I've never actually had black bean soup before. Can't wait to try it! - Faith, Hope, Love, & Luck - Colleen

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  9. Black Bean Soup is the perfect way to kick off the fall season! It is so tasty. Love the chipotle in your recipe!

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    1. Thanks Kathy! It's one of my favorite ingredients.

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  10. Love this! What a great vegetarian option!

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