Wednesday, February 23, 2011

5 Minute Black Bean Soup

My husband had oral surgery last week and was only allowed to eat soft foods for a few days.
He was getting bored with yogurt, applesauce and clear broth. I needed a hearty soup with some substance.

This was the easiest thing and I think I will make it again, even if he doesn't need any teeth pulled! If you have a can of black beans and a can of diced tomatoes, you are in business.

This recipe is from my college days and based on a recipe from Real Simple magazine. You took a can of black beans and pureed it in a blender with some spicy Mexican salsa from a jar. Heat it and you had a really decent black bean soup in a minute. The fresh cilantro and sour cream on top made it extra good.

I couldn't make this one too spicy (because the post surgery instruction sheet said NO SPICY FOODS!), but feel free to add some chili powder if you are not planning to be in the dentist's chair any time soon.

5 Minute Black Bean Soup:

19 oz. can of black beans (with liquid)
14 oz. can of fire roasted tomatoes (or Ro-Tel if you want some heat)
1 small onion, diced
2 garlic cloves, chopped
1 tsp cumin

small can of corn (or a cup of frozen corn)
chopped fresh cilantro or green onions

In a saucepan, saute the onion and garlic in olive oil for a minute or two. Add the cumin and stir.

Pour the beans with liquid, diced tomatoes and anything else you think might make this taste good into the pot. Simmer a few minutes to blend flavors.

With an immersion blender, blend the solids to make a nice brown puree. Be careful when you are blending hot liquids, they can splatter.

Now add the corn and heat the soup for a minute. Sometimes I put a dollop of Trader Joe's corn chile salsa in the middle!
Garnish with fresh cilantro and serve. No one will ever know this took 5 minutes to make.

Your dentist will thank you.


My Carolina Kitchen said...

I have great sympathy for visits to the dentist. I've had gum surgery so I know. Your soup sounds delicious for anytime you're in a hurry and I will definitely make note of it for my next visit to the dentist, which is every three months (pout).

Love the colorful yellow corn on top. Excellent garnish Stacey.

Proud Italian Cook said...

Yum, I love the way this looks and sounds, I would use Ro-Tel and lick my bowl clean!

Kate said...

Mmmmm....sounds delicious and a great dish even if you aren't going to the dentist! I like the idea of using Ro-Tel that was suggested. I love a bit of a snap!

Lori Lynn said...

Hope he is feeling all better by now.
The soup ingredients sound like something to always keep on hand, looks mighty tasty. Love that it is quick and easy...

Anonymous said...

Made this today for lunch, no black beans or fire roasted tomatoes so I used dark red kidney beans and plain diced tomatoes. Great! Added parsley and some salt/pepper. Little sour cream on top, perfect! Jim, Montville.

Melissa @IWasBornToCook said...

Hope he's better! This looks like a good way to get him on the road to recovery. I recently made a very easy tomato soup (for MYSELF when I was sick, boo)...incase you need any other quick and easy ideas.

Joanne said...

The last time I made black bean soup, I mixed in some mango juice. It was AMAZING!

I love how easy this is and I hope the hubby is feeling better!

tasteofbeirut said...

Sounds wonderful! Love this soup and I should remember to make it!

kat said...

How perfect when I need to whip up a quick soup for lunch!

Ciao Chow Linda said...

What a great antidote to all that baby food poor Henry has endured. Hope he's on the mend. You make brown food look appealing.