It all started with a chili night gone wrong. Vore and I had divided and conquered the grocery shopping for the week, me going to Whole Foods and him Publix. I asked him to bring home dried black beans, but forgot to put kidneys and garbonzos on the list. On chili day, I had the peppers, onions and black beans, but not a whole lot else. Whoops.
All was not lost! This led me to think of an all time favorite: black bean soup at Panera Bread. Gosh I love that stuff! I did a little googling for copy cat recipes, and they all left me feeling blah. So I did what any respectable food blogger would and made up my own.
However, I kicked it up a notch. There are almost as many veggies lurking in this soup as beans! This one pot supper is positively loaded with nutrition and fiber. As for the picky folks in your house? They’ll be none the wiser. Who’s ready to sneak some veggies into a hearty winter soup?
Hidden Veggie Black Bean Soup
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 large onion, chopped (approx 2 cups)
1 large red pepper, chopped (1.5-2 cups)
1 large green pepper, chopped (1.5-2 cups)
1/2 cup chopped carrot
1/2 cup chopped celery
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 teaspoon cumin
1/2-1 teaspoon salt (depending on the salt in your beans and broth)
1/4 teaspoon chipotle chili powder
6 cups beans, divided (1 16 oz package dried beans, cooked or 3 cans, drained)
24 ounces vegetable broth (3 cups)
Heat a large pot over a medium high heat.
Add the vegetables as you chop them. Cook for about 10 minutes, until the onions are translucent and everything starts to break down a bit. Stir in the garlic and spices and cook for a minute or so more.
Pour in the vegetable broth and 4 cups beans, bringing the mixture to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes.
Remove from the heat. Add the bean mixture to a high speed blender of food processor and blend until smooth. I did this in two batches in my Vitamix.
Return the puree to the pan and stir in the remaining beans. Heat on the stovetop until your desired temperature is reached, then serve with sour cream, cheese, chives or whatever suits your fancy.