A nourishing but Easy Black Bean Soup seemed perfect for this second day of the new year.
This is a soup to savor. An easy black bean soup that just might require sitting on the sofa, snuggled in a warm blanket while enjoying the fresh and vibrant flavors.
I’ve got every kind of soup recipe in my culinary repertoire. Oddly though, I don’t have a black bean soup recipe that is just simple. So today, I set out to make that simple soup with black beans. I wanted comfort, fresh, nourishing, vibrant and a little heat all in one bowl. Hmmm… that’s a lot to achieve in one bowl of soup.
I think this easy black bean soup turned out pretty darn good.
I began by layering a few aromatics of onions, a carrot and some garlic. I added another layer with fresh ground cumin and coriander and then a smidgen of dried oregano and chopped fresh parsley for that herby element. I like a little heat so I added a mashed chipotle chili pepper. Which you don’t have to use but I adore the smoky heat of a chipotle pepper. I made a note in the recipe to substitute the chipotle pepper with 1/2 teaspoon of smoked paprika for a slight smoky flavor but without the heat.
To finish off the soup I felt it needed a cup of tomato sauce and of course a few cups of broth. I used organic chicken broth but you can use a vegetable broth to keep it vegetarian. The final ingredients are a squeeze of fresh lime, salt and pepper to bring all those gorgeous flavors together.
Black beans are my “go to” ingredient for a nourishing meal or side dish. They’re antioxidant-rich and include magnesium and folate, which is a B-vitamin also important for decreasing the risk of heart-disease. Not to mention, they are delicious when paired with all these fresh ingredients.
Welcome 2019 with this enchanting and easy black bean soup! After I finish this post I will resume my spot on the sofa with a warm blanket and maybe another bowl of this soup. 😉
Happiest of New Years!