Recipe courtesy of Michele Urvater

Black Bean Soup

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 40 min
  • Prep: 20 min
  • Cook: 20 min
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2 tablespoons olive oil

1/2 cup each onion and red bell pepper, finely diced

2 garlic cloves

1 teaspoon ground cumin

2 (15 ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained

4 cups chicken broth

Garnish: 4 ounces shredded or diced smoked ham, sour cream, pickled jalapeno or nacho peppers


  1. Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil. Saute 1/2 cup each finely diced onion and red pepper, cover and cook until tender. Add 2 cloves minced garlic and 1 teaspoon ground cumin and saute a few seconds. Add two (15 ounce) cans rinsed and drained black beans and 4 cups chicken broth. Bring to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes to bring flavors together.
  2. If too thick, thin with water, then adjust seasoning. Garnish with 4 ounces finely shredded or diced smoked ham, sour cream and pickled jalapeno or nacho peppers, if you wish.