CNYEats A Taste of Utica: Black Bean Soup

by Joanne on November 29, 2009

We went for our Sunday walk this morning and it was cold. I was thinking, as the cold weather took hold of my nose and lips so they were no longer detectable on my face, that a steaming hot bowl of soup would be perfect for this kind of a day.

This weeks recipe from our book DSC_0355 is perfect for cold weather. It is on page 26 and posted by Chris.  The flavor comes alive in your mouth with a hint of peppery heat from the Mexican Style tomatoes (one of the cans I used had Jalapeño peppers).  The cumin adds an additional hint of warmth with its earthy spiciness.  This soup won rave reviews in our home and was a wonderful meal, paired with a small salad after that huge Thanksgiving Day feast.


BLACK BEAN SOUP (to keep you toasty warm)


  • 1 TBS olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 (16 oz ) cans Mexican style tomatoes with mild green chilies (Do Not Drain)
  • 2 (15 oz) cans black beans, drain and rinse
  • 1 can (15 oz) chicken broth – or Vegetable broth to keep the recipe Vegan/Vegetarian friendly
  • 2 tsp ground cumin


In a medium saucepan, heat oil over medium heat.  Add the onion and garlic and sauté for 5 minutes, until onion is tender.  In a blender or food processor,combine the onions , tomatoes, and beans.  Process until smooth ( this may be done in 2 batches, if necessary). 


In the same saucepan, combine the bean mixture, broth and cumin.  Cook over low heat for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Serve hot and top with any of the following garnishes.  Serves 4-6


Garnishes:   Thinly sliced scallions.  Chopped cilantro.  Cubed avocado.  Sour cream (I used Greek style yogurt instead of sour cream). *Chris enjoys this soup best with a splash of Sherry and dollop of sour cream.  Great suggestion Chris! We really enjoyed the avocado. 



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  • At 2009.12.02 07:46, Eggs Benedict for Dinner | Apple Crumbles said:

    […] foods over the past week.  We over indulged that’s for sure.  We enjoyed a warming and filling Black Bean Soup the other night and we’re still trying to eat on the lighter side.  […]

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