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Healthy Black Bean Soup

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This healthy Black Bean Soup recipe is a quick-to-make soup I’ve fallen in love with. Made with canned black beans, wholesome veggies, and delightfully savory flavors.

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Cumin, oregano, thyme and a dash of red pepper flakes, for a bit of heat, flavor this Mediterranean inspired soup. Although there are definitely Cuban cuisine flavors hinting at the edges too. Lightly creamy, it’s a black bean soup I think you’re going to love!

Homemade soup is hands down better than opening a can of ready-made soup. While not as easy, it’s so worth chopping a few vegetables. Perfect for lunches, dinner… and for me, it’s the best game day food ever.

Especially when topped with favorite condiments!

Let’s talk about what’s in this soup.

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Black Bean Soup Ingredients

This hardy yet simple soup is made with equally simple ingredients. Specific measurements are in the recipe card below, but here’s an idea of what you will need:

  • Olive oil: I’m using extra virgin
  • Aromatics & vegetables: onion, celery, carrots, red pepper, and garlic
  • Seasonings: ground cumin, dried oregano and thyme, red pepper flakes and a bay leaf
  • Vegetable broth (although water can also be substituted)
  • Canned black beans
  • Juice of a lime
  • Fresh cilantro for garnish

Healthy Black Bean Soup Tips

These simple tips greatly improve the flavor of your soup:

Cook the aromatics until tender: It’s amazing how simple vegetables, like onion, carrots, celery, and red pepper, can transform a soup’s flavor when cooked until tender. Give yourself time to let the flavor develop with your aromatics.

Sauté the seasoning: Don’t skip the step of sauteing the cumin, garlic, oregano, thyme, and red pepper flakes. It helps bring an amazing depth of flavor to the soup.

Texture: While you can serve the soup as cooked, if you prefer a thicker texture, pureeing a portion of the soup in a blender or with an immersion blender results in a thicker more creamy soup.

How to Make Black Bean Soup

Step-by-step instructions are in the recipe card below.

Step 1: Sauté aromatics

Sauté the onion, celery, carrots, and red pepper until soft in a soup pot.

Top view of sauteed vegetables in a Dutch oven for Black Bean Soup

Step 2: Add seasoning

Toss in the garlic, cumin, oregano, thyme, red pepper flakes, and the bay leaf; sauté until fragrant for a few seconds.

Step 3: Add broth and beans

Pour in the broth, and beans and bring to a simmer for 30 minutes or until tender.

Top view of black beans and broth added to soup pot for Black Bean Soup

Step 4: Serve

Remove the bay leaf, season as needed with salt and pepper, and stir in the lime juice. Puree a portion of the soup and stir back into the pot for a hardy, thick soup.

Top view of cooked Black Bean Soup in a Dutch oven with a wooden serving spoon

Garnish with your favorite toppings like: diced avocado, fresh cilantro, green onion slices, chopped red onion, and tortilla chips.

Serving Ideas with Black Bean Soup

Tips for Thickening the Soup

This soup is delicious served as cooked with a brothy base and tender vegetables. But you can also thicken it a bit to your preference.

To thicken the soup, remove the bay leaf and using an immersion blender (or a regular blender) blend a portion of the soup. This will thicken the broth slightly while still retaining most of the whole beans and vegetables.

How to Store Black Bean Soup

Likely, you will have leftovers. And believe me, they make AWESOME lunches during the week.

Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for four to five days or freezer for longer storage. If frozen, you can thaw in the refrigerator or reheat on the stovetop.

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Healthy Black Bean Soup

This healthy Black Bean Soup recipe is a quick-to-make soup I've fallen in love with. Made with canned black beans, wholesome veggies, and delightfully savory flavors.
4.8 from 8 votes
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil extra virgin
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 celery ribs chopped
  • 1 carrot chopped
  • 1 red pepper chopped
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes or 1/4 teaspoon for lower heat
  • 32 ounces vegetable broth or water if you prefer
  • 4 (15-ounce) cans of black beans rinsed and drained
  • fresh cilantro for garnish
  • 1 fresh lime juiced
  • sea salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Heat oil in a large soup pot and sauté the onion, celery, carrots, and red pepper until soft; about 7 to 8 minutes.
    Top view of sauteed aromatics and vegetables in a soup pot for Black Bean Soup
  • Add the garlic, cumin, oregano, thyme, red pepper flakes, and the bay leaf; stir to combine. Cook for 30 seconds or so until the herbs and spices are fragrant.
  • Pour in the broth and beans and then bring to a simmer. Cook for 30 minutes; stirring occasionally, reducing heat as necessary to maintain a gentle simmer. Or until the vegetables and beans are soft.
    Top view of broth and black beans added to the soup pot for Black Bean Soup
  • Remove the bay leaf, season as needed with salt and pepper, and stir in the lime juice. You can either serve the soup as is or puree it in a blender for a hardy, thick soup.
  • Garnish with your favorite toppings like: diced avocado, fresh cilantro, thinly sliced radishes, tortilla chips, diced red onion…

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Notes

How to Store Black Bean Soup

Likely, you will have leftovers. And believe me, they make AWESOME lunches during the week.
Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for four to five days or freezer for longer storage. If frozen, you can thaw in the refrigerator or reheat on the stovetop.

Nutrition

Calories: 75kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Sodium: 17mg | Potassium: 133mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 2394IU | Vitamin C: 28mg | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.

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Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: black bean soup, black bean soup recipe

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