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Creamy Black Bean Soup

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"This quick and easy soup is adapted from a recipe by my cousin, who is a personal trainer in Colorado. Black beans are a great pantry staple. This rich soup is a vegan and gluten free option that still delivers a hearty bite and smooth texture. It can be a meal in itself with a side salad, or a great addition to family taco night!" - Wendy Cannon, a cooking instructor at the Dr. Yum Project Kitchen

Ingredients

Food
Amt
Units
Prep
Notes
1 tablespoon olive oil
olive oil
1
tablespoon
1 onion, chopped
onions
1
chopped
1 bell pepper, chopped
bell peppers
1
chopped
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
garlic
3
cloves
finely chopped
1 15 ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
black beans
1
15 ounce can
drained and rinsed
½ teaspoon cumin
cumin
½
teaspoon
½ teaspoon smoked paprika
smoked paprika
½
teaspoon
¼ teaspoon sea salt
sea salt
¼
teaspoon
¼ teaspoon black pepper
black pepper
¼
teaspoon
2 cups vegetable broth (we recommend low sodium)
vegetable broth
2
cups
we recommend low sodium
2 teaspoons cornstarch
cornstarch
2
teaspoons
2 teaspoons water
water
2
teaspoons
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
apple cider vinegar
1
teaspoon
optional: fresh cilantro, chopped
optional: fresh cilantro
chopped

Method

Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and bell pepper and cook until soft and translucent. Add garlic and stir. Add beans, cumin, paprika, salt, pepper, and broth. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Then reduce heat to a medium low. In a small bowl, combine cornstarch and water to create a slurry. Add the slurry to the pan and bring to a gently boil, stirring occasionally until soup has thickened. Remove the pan from heat. Add vinegar and stir. Use an immersion blender to puree the soup until it is smooth. Alternatively, you can puree the soup in smaller batches using a food processor or blender. Serve with optional toppings and enjoy!

Prep time
20 min
Cook time
15 min
Yields/Serves:
4

Yum Ratings

😫😟😐😀😍 “Everything! It's the best!” —Maggie, age 4
😫😟😐😀😍 “YUM! I love it!” —Emma, age 5
😫😟😐😀😍 “I like the creaminess!” —Sarah, age 3
😫😟😐😀😍 “So good! It's like eating a bean burrito without the shell!” —Emily, a grown up