Black Bean Soup

Let’s have one last hurrah for having a kitchen before the school year begins.


2 cups (generally a 1 ib bag) dry black beans, rinsed, soaked overnight, and drained

1 tbsp vegetable oil

1 onion, chopped

6 cloves garlic, squished

1 stalk celery, chopped

10 cups water or vegetable broth; doesn’t need to be strong.

1 bay leaf

Salt, pepper, sage, thyme, savory, and whatever else seems like a good idea–to taste

4 tbsp fresh lime juice

Assorted toppings: yogurt or sour cream, hot sauce, oddball peppers from the garden, lime wedges, avocado wedges, chips, salsa, fresh cilantro or chives, tomatoes, onion, shredded lettuce.  Anything you could put on a taco is worth a try; I think I like it best with some sour cream, cilantro, peppers, sweet onion, and avocado.


Step 1: Heat the oil in the bottom of large pot, and saute the onion and half of the garlic till the onion is tender.

Step 2: Add beans, water, and all spices except for salt and pepper and the rest of the garlic.  Bring to a boil.

Step 3: Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for an hour and a half.

Step 4: Salt what you have, add the rest of the garlic, and simmer for another hour and a half or until beans are soft.  If it’s really really thick, add some more water or broth.

Step 5: Fish out the bay leaf, then put half the soup through the blander.  Stir the puree back into to the pot.

Step 6: Make sure it’s all warm, then go for a final round of seasoning–add the lime juice, salt, and pepper.

Serve it with lots of fresh things on top; makes about seven servings.

clueless vegetarian

This recipe is from The Clueless Vegetarian.  I’m not going to tell you to go buy yourself a copy, but I will tell you that I literally can not feed myself without this book.  Plus, every time I page through, it makes me want to both cook and color.

It’s the ideal vegetarian starter book; lots of familiar, mainstream american flavors, but with enough diversity thrown in to keep you from getting bored.  Best of all, the recipes are reliably delicious.  So, try a few, and when you find that they are awesome, maybe get a copy of the book.  It will make your life a better place.  🙂

Featured image is from here.


One thought on “Black Bean Soup

  1. Love all the interesting toppings! Nice simple but hearty soup with loads of fresh flavours piled on sounds great.

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