black bean soup

i was discussing the ingredient list with my cousin before i wrote this post and she said “that can’t be all that’s in it…right?” but it is. there are three ingredients. seriously. sure, you can garnish with a few others if you’d like, but the bulk of the soup is comprised of three ingredients. i got the idea for this about 8 years ago when someone handed me a photocopy (remember those?!) of a magazine recipe for something similar. i’ve altered it since then, but the true essence remains the same; delicious black bean soup with only three ingredients. oh, did i mention it only takes about 17 minutes to make? no? well, read on…

black bean soup

black bean soup

  • 2 cups of your favorite salsa (the spiciness of the soup will be determined by the salsa you select)
  • 2 cans black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 4 cups vegetable stock

heat a pot over medium heat and add the salsa. stir it around and let it heat through to allow the flavors to “blossom”. this should only take about 1-2 minutes. add the drained and rinsed black beans and stir through until they are slightly heated and mixed well with the salsa. pour in the vegetable stock until it has just covered the beans (this will likely not take the full four cups, but you may need extra stock later to get the soup to the consistency you prefer).  allow the soup to cook for 12-15 minutes so that the flavors can meld. then, using an immersion blender, whiz it up until it’s your preferred consistency, adding stock as needed to thin it. if you don’t have an immersion blender you can put batches of it into the food processor or blender. i suggest keeping some whole beans in the soup as it adds a nice texture. garnish with cheese, sour cream, or (my favorite) avocado for a healthy and quick dinner! enjoy!

notes: this dish can be made in advance and warmed, and like most soups actually improves the next day. it is completely vegetarian, and provided you don’t garnish with sour cream and cheese, even vegan. as long as you use gluten-free salsa and stock, it is also gluten-free. you could serve this with toasted tortillas on the side (corn or flour). this is a nice p90x dinner when combined with a salad and some carbs, which is how we ate it.

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