Sunday, December 27, 2009

A Quick and Easy Black Bean Soup for Souper (Soup, Salad & Sammie) Sundays

Looking for a fast, light dinner after being out and about all day, my Mom pulled out a quick and easy Black Bean Soup recipe she had clipped from a magazine. Unfortunately she doesn't know which magazine so this one will have to go uncredited for now. It is a simple pantry soup and would be a good starting point for adding more spice and other ingredients too

Black Bean Soup
Recipe Origin: Unknown Magazine
(Makes 4-6 Servings)

5 slices bacon, finely chopped
1/2 cup chopped onion
3 cloves garlic, minced (add a couple more cloves)
4 (15.25 oz) cans, black beans, drained
2 (14oz) cans chicken broth
1 tsp ground cumin (use 2 tsps)
1 tsp chili powder (1 & 1/4 tsp or to taste)
Garnish: sour cream, minced chives

In a medium Dutch oven, cook bacon over medium-high heat for 3 minutes, or until just beginning to brown. Add onion and garlic; cook for 3 to 4 minutes, or until onion is tender. Add beans, broth, cumin, and chili powder. Bring to a boil; reduce heat, and simmer for 30 minutes. In the container of a blender, spoon half of soup; process until almost smooth. Return processed mixture to Dutch oven, stirring to combine. Garnish with sour cream and chives if desired. Serve immediately.

Notes/Results: Pretty good for a quick bowl of soup--not the best black bean soup I have ever eaten but good. The bacon adds a nice bit of smokiness but I would also recommend adding more cumin and garlic than the recipe calls for and also upping the chili powder if you want it to have a kick. (I put the changes in red on the recipe). We garnished with some lite sour cream, a little grated cheddar for color and some green onions. Along with some warm biscuits, It made for a tasty, low-effort dinner.

With the Christmas holiday this week, it is a bit quiet in the Souper Sunday Kitchen but we have a few hardy souls who popped in to share their soups.

Heather of girlichef made this lovely Fiery Squash & Three-Corn Stew and says, "I think I've begun a new tradition in our home...making soup to celebrate the Solstice! I made a nice, autumn soup for the Autumnal Solstice...and now...a fiery, earthy, hearty stew to ring in the Winter Solstice! My stew uses corn in three forms...sweet kernel corn, yellow hominy and white, its fire comes from the use of those earthy, dried chile peppers...and another Native American staple, squash." Sounds like the perfect tradition to me.

Here with a hybrid dish that has elements of both soup and salad is Natashya of Living in the Kitchen with Puppies and her Lasoon Jhinga (Garlic Shrimp with a Coconut Sauce). Natashya says, "This recipe for Garlic Shrimp with a Coconut Sauce is from 660 Curries, a book that has yet to let me down. Big on flavour, the dish wakens your senses and warms your soul. I served it on a bed of brown basmati rice, which was spooned onto a plate of baby spinach."

Finally our sandwich category is represented this week by the Graziana from Erbe in Cucina (Cooking with Herbs) and her Green Sauce Sandwich. She says, "Green Sauce is a traditional Italian recipe, served with capon for Chrismas." A blend of bread crumbs, parsley, garlic, hard boiled egg, anchovy, pine nuts and capers, Graziana says that the green sauce makes a wonderful sandwich spread too--with ham and cheese.

And there we have it, a few very unique and delicious-sounding recipes. Thanks to Heather, Natashya and Graziana for joining in this week. If you have a soup, salad sandwich, or combination of any of the three that you would like to share, click on the Souper Sunday logo on the side bar for all of the details.

*Note: Souper Sundays is posting a few hours before the normal deadline today as I am still in Portland and off for some shopping, a movie and then some dinner. If any additional entries happen to come in, I will add them tonight when I return.

Enjoy your Sunday and your week!


  1. I love black bean soup. Your soup looks delicious!

  2. Ciao ! Super delicious dinners ! hAPPY NEW YEAR !

  3. Deb, your mom did great! I love black bean soup and this one is easy & made of on-hand ingredients.

    Tell mom thanks from me...

  4. Yum, I love a quick and easy black bean soup and am all for upping the spica factor. Thanks for accepting my curry, it was a lot soupier before it hit the rice!
    Lots of good inspiration for dinner.. I have some turkey stock..

  5. oh wow fab soup I am making this one next!

  6. black bean soup!! I hope you're enjoying time with the fam...sounds like you definitely are :D

  7. I like the addition of bacon for some smokiness. Have a wonderful holiday in Portland.

  8. I'm making two soups tonight, which means I didn't make the deadline for today, but perhaps next week?

    Anyways, hope you had a wonderful Christmas!

  9. yummy! I'm making chili tonight :)

  10. Black bean soup is a favorite of mine and I'm glad to hear you're having a great time in Portland :D Sounds like you are having some busy days full of fun activites!!

  11. Your black bean soup looks so thick and delicious. Perfect alternative to the heavy food I'm sure we've all been eating! Great round-up...short and sweet.

  12. LOvely round up ...yummyliscious...i really will try to join in souper sundays regularly now,now that aint meant to sound like a resolution honestly.....
    And ...would love to ask for i really i need helppppppppppp and a precious vote ..hop on here for details
    or hop strait below...puleeze...pinky promise please.....
    ...a few moments of ur time

  13. Love black bean soup. Happy New Year!

  14. That has to be the most attractive bowl of black bean soup ever. The bacon must put the flavor over the top!

  15. Souper colour in this soup! A bowl of this would be very welcome in my house.


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