Monday, August 5, 2013

Black Bean Soup

This recipe was given to me by a friend. We've enjoyed it on a few occasions and it's worth mentioning. It's an easy, basic recipe. Enjoy.

Black Bean Soup

Saute together in bottom of soup pot:
1 Tablespoon olive oil
1 onion, chopped 
4 cloves garlic, crushed and chopped
1 small red bell pepper, chopped (I used light green/yellow)

Stir in with vegetables:
1 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon thyme
2 teaspoons ground cumin
pinch red pepper or chipotle powder

Add in:
4 cups vegetable broth
3 1/2 cups cooked black beans
1-2 cups grape tomatoes, cut in half (or use other tomatoes, diced)
seasoning to taste

Bring to boil. Take off heat and let sit for a few minutes. At this point, you may puree part of the soup in a blender, or opt to leave as is, for a broth type soup (the soup pictured above is not pureed). Serve.

Optional toppings to serve with soup:
fresh tomatoes, diced
cooked (and cooled) brown rice
fresh chopped cilantro