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I got some dried black beans in my farm share last month, so it’s time for black bean soup.
This is a flavorful rendition of a classic soup. You can make this recipe your own by adding more or less of any of the extras. I use a slow cooker, but it tastes just as good if you simmer it on the stove.
Beans are one of the most affordable sources of protein, so adding this recipe to your rotation will help your grocery budget. This black bean soup takes just a few minutes to prepare, so it’s perfect for a busy day.
Black Bean Soup
- 3 cups dried black beans
- 4 cups broth
- 2 cups water
- 1/4 cup chopped red onion
- 1/4 cup chopped sundried tomatoes
- 4 oz diced green chilis
- 1 tsp smoked paprika
- 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
- 2 tsp salt or to taste
- Cilantro, scallions, crushed tortilla chips, and avocado for garnish (optional)
- In a large pot, cover the dried beans with water a few inches deeper than the beans. Cover the pot and bring the water to a boil. Boil for five minutes. (Alternately, soak the beans overnight in water. No boiling is necessary with the overnight soak method.) Drain the beans.
- Transfer the beans to the slow cooker and add the remaining ingredients except the garnish ingredients.
- Cook on low for 6-8 hours, or until beans are very soft. Puree the soup a bit with an immersion blender.
- Garnish with any of the suggested toppings.
Approximate Nutrition Info
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Black Bean Soup Price Breakdown
The total cost of this recipe is $3.18, or $.40 per serving. You can throw together this easy black bean soup in the morning and it will be ready and waiting for you at the end of a long day.