Rating: 4.38 stars
8 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 5
  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0

Simple, fast, and wonderful hearty black bean soup. Has great robust flavor and is a meal in itself. I made this for a dinner party and my guests loved it. I had to run to the computer, type it up, and hand out copies! Garnish with sour cream and Cheddar cheese.

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prep:
15 mins
cook:
25 mins
total:
40 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium-low heat. Cook and stir onion, leek, and garlic in the hot oil until softened, 5 to 7 minutes. Add water, black beans, brown sugar, oregano, cumin, bay leaves, salt, and pepper. Cover and simmer until flavors combine, about 20 minutes.

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  • Discard bay leaves from the soup. Serve with croutons.

Cook's Note:

Use 3 1/2 cups water and 3 1/2 cups chicken broth for extra flavor.

Nutrition Facts

239 calories; protein 8.7g; carbohydrates 31.8g; fat 9.1g; sodium 600.7mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (5)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
11/10/2017
I rated this high because of the awesome taste. I did have to make a couple of minor changes. I didn't have any leeks so I omitted that. The fluid content was way too high. I used a total of 6 cups (4 of chicken broth and 2 of water) and it was still too thin. I partially pulse blended with a stick blender and then added some instant mashed potatoes to thicken it a little. With these minor tweaks it turned out great. Will make again. Read More
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8 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 5
  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
11/10/2017
I rated this high because of the awesome taste. I did have to make a couple of minor changes. I didn't have any leeks so I omitted that. The fluid content was way too high. I used a total of 6 cups (4 of chicken broth and 2 of water) and it was still too thin. I partially pulse blended with a stick blender and then added some instant mashed potatoes to thicken it a little. With these minor tweaks it turned out great. Will make again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/12/2020
We doubled the recipe. Very flavorful! Read More
Rating: 3 stars
10/26/2020
It was far too watery. I suggest reducing the liquid by at least half and double the beans. The picture makes the soup look thick and we were disappointed that it did not turn out that way. However, the flavor was good and went well with a multigrain bread. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/05/2020
I used dry black beans. Cooked them first then followed this recipe. I also blended half the beans leeks and onions with some tomatoes. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
12/02/2021
As written, this recipe needed a lot of tweaking, in my humble opinion. First of all, like others mentioned, for only two cans of beans, that is way too much liquid. I probably only did about 6 cups of water, and added a couple tablespoons of Better than Bouillon broth base. So, that equals maybe 6 cups broth. I didn’t put in any plain water. I added another can of black beans, so I used three cans. I would’ve used 4 but I only had 3. Also increased the cumin-I probably used about a tablespoon of cumin. Added a couple teaspoons more brown sugar. Put in a good half cup of chopped cilantro. I kept tasting it and thought it needed more flavor. Added more oregano. Put in a few tablespoons of tomato paste. I still thought it was too thin & didn’t have enough to it, so then I threw in some Minute Rice. After all that tweaking, it was very good. The fresh cilantro in it was very good. I didn’t just use the cilantro as garnish-I added it when I put in the beans and broth in. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
11/21/2017
My house smelled marvelous while it was cooking and it tasted great. I made it with black soy beans to cut down the carb count and after reading Acknuds review I lowered the water added down to 3 cups which was perfect. I served it with a bit of sour cream and some grated cheddar. The herb combination of oregano cumin and bay leaf is just lovely. Thank you so much for posting COSM0. I'm keeping this! Read More
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