Black Bean Soup

Black Bean Soup

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My friend Sara and I discuss food more than we discuss anything else. (And we talk to each other ALL THE TIME.) As we've been discussing food, she's mentioned Black Bean Soup at Panera a lot. So, one day, I went and ordered some black bean soup at Panera. It was fantastic. Anytime I have something great somewhere I think, "Well I can make this!" Why do I do that?

Luckily for me, this was easy enough. So I did my usual search online, didn't find any recipe that I liked, so I kind of just did what I wanted again. (I tend to keep doing that with everything in life. Whoops.)

So here is my version of black bean soup.

The Cast of Characters for Black Bean Soup.

Everything but the onion can easily be bought a head of time.
(My jalapeno is one that had been canned. True story.)

Put a little oil in the bottom of a pan. Cut up your onion and sweat that baby out.

After you've made it sweat a little bit toss in the jalapeno.

And some garlic.

After the onions and all have made their magic, add one can of the beans.

Now, you can either do this in a blender or use an immersion blender.

Then it looks like that.

Add another can of beans and broth and do it again!

Add some cumin.

Getcha some salt in there.

And of course some pepper.

Mix it all up and add one more can of beans and the can of diced tomatoes.

You won't use the immersion (or blender) again.

Let it all cook up. 

Then it's done! It's easy.
It's a little too easy.

Black Bean Soup
1 spray(s) cooking spray
1 medium uncooked onion(s), finely chopped
1 tablespoon of diced garlic
3 cans (15 oz cans) of  black beans, undrained
1 tsp of ground cumin
One can of fat-free chicken broth, or vegetable broth
One can of Del Monte Green Pepper and Onion Diced tomatoes

Coat bottom of a large stockpot with cooking spray. Add onion and garlic and cook, stirring frequently, until onions are soft but not brown, about 5 minutes.

Place one can of beans in the pot and use an immersion blender to mix. If you don't have an immersion blender, then add the can of beans plus the onion mixture into a blender, blend, then add the mixture back to the pot. 

Add the  second can of beans and broth to the pot and use immersion blender. If you use a regular blender, add second can of beans and broth into the blender and puree until smooth; add to pot.

Stir third can of beans (do not puree first), green pepper and onion tomatoes to the pot. Bring to a boil, lower heat to medium and simmer for 20 to 25 minutes.
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