This simple Black Bean Soup is packed with flavor. It’s made with dried beans and flavored with just a few fresh ingredients. You’re not going to believe how delicious something so simplistic can be.
How are we holding up, friends? I feel like we have to ask this before we do anything else these days. Are you keeping busy while being stuck at home? Or are you one of those essential workers out there sacrificing to make sure we stay safe? If you’re still going out of the house to work, thank you so much. Sincerely. I was honestly a little scared when I thought I might have to keep going in to work. I’m so grateful to be safe at home. I hope you get a big fat bonus.
My husband, our cat, and our dog are all sharing our two bedroom flat quite comfortably so far. Geoff has taken over the spare bedroom with his seventeen minotors for all of his many electronics, so I can curl up in the corner of my couch with my laptop and do endless admin and data entry while Friends plays in the background. It could be a lot worse.
One thing that hasn’t changed is that we still have to eat several times a day. Today I’m sharing Black Bean Soup, and beyond tasting really great, it’s super simple to make. If you’ve got some dried black beans in your pantry, you’re most of the way there. If you can find a few vegetables at your supermarket, this soup should definitely make an appearance on your table.
How to make Black Bean Soup
You don’t need to soak your beans, but you do need to simmer them for about an hour and a half. Let’s face it, you probably don’t have anywhere else to be right now. Throw in a bay leaf for some added flavor. While that’s bubbling away, sautee an onion and a bell pepper until soft. Add a bunch of garlic, some cumin and oregano and some lime zest.
Once that’s cooked, it’s all going into a blender along with a couple of ladlefuls of the liquid from the simmering beans. When you’ve got yourself a nice puree, just set that aside until the beans are ready. Then stir it in and let it all cook together for a little while longer. Finish it off with a splash of sherry, then top it with all your favorite things. I definitely think some sour cream is a must.
We’re all living life a little differently right now, and hopefully that means you’re trying something new. I hope making soup is one of those new things. Make it Black Bean Soup. It’s gonna be awesome.
Recipe is adapted from How to Eat by Nigella Lawson.
Looking for more black bean soup recipes? Try this Black Bean & Chorizo Soup.