Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Recipe: 11-Minute Black Bean Soup

Today marks the first day in quite some time that our apartment is comfortably cool with the windows open and the AC off. Hell, I even have a sweatshirt on. It’s a fall miracle.

Not only does this weather bode well for our monthly electricity bill, but it also has me craving a bowl of something warm and comforting. Make that something that comes together in 11 minutes flat? Even better.

Whip this up once, and you’ll realize the value of having a few cans of black beans stashed in the pantry. Odds are you can scrounge up the rest of the ingredients, especially if you’re a certified nacho addict like my roommate, Angie, and me. Welcome to the club; now pass the salsa please.

Ingredients (Serves 2)
Olive oil
¼ small onion (red, yellow or white), chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
Salt and pepper
3 tbsp salsa (any kind)
1 cup vegetable stock, chicken stock or water, plus extra if needed
1 15 oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 tsp cumin
Sriracha or other hot sauce (optional)
1 cup frozen corn

Optional Garnishes
Shredded cheddar cheese
Chopped fresh cilantro
Sour cream
Tortilla chips

Lightly coat the bottom of a medium pot with olive oil, and place over medium high heat. Once the oil is hot, add onion and garlic. Season lightly with salt and pepper, and cook for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add salsa and cook for 1 more minute.

Add stock (or water), beans, cumin, and hot sauce to taste (if using). Stir to combine, and increase heat to high. As soon as mixture comes to a boil, reduce heat to medium. Simmer uncovered so the liquid can reduce. Once soup reaches desired consistency (about 6 minutes), add frozen corn and cook for 1 more minute to thaw kernels. If soup gets too thick, add more liquid.

Serve hot and garnish with cheese, fresh cilantro, sour cream and tortilla chips.


  1. This looks amazing! And super simple. My vegetarian college student self needs to try this asap. Yum!

  2. I just found out I had Celiac Disease about 2 months ago I'm so glad I found this site..I made this soup tonight and it was amazing!!

    1. So thrilled you liked the soup!! And hope you're feeling loads better after your Celiac diagnosis - if you have any questions at all don't hesitate to ask!


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