Black Bean Soup ~

It’s been nice having Nate home, because I can finally cook for more than one. Oh who am I kidding, I didn’t cook for one when Nate was gone, I just ate crap.

Oh, and Nate got a job!!!!! and in New York, thank goodness! So no moving to Cali for us. I’m so so happy and relieved, both that he found a job and that we get to stay on the East coast. While visiting California was nice, I’d really hate to live in LA where there are no seasons. I just love autumn and snow too much!

And now we get to house hunt…YAY!!!

Black Bean Soup ~

Oh and also somehow got a hold of my Carrot Dill Sauce recipe and has led a ton of new people to my blog, so welcome to any new folks :)

Ok back to the recipe. So, I guess I got used to not doing much cooking while Nate was gone…because I haven’t been in the mood to cook too much lately even with him back. I’ve also been short on time.

It’s days like these that I need some recipes that have few ingredients, require little to no prep, and can be pulled together in 30 minutes or less.

Black Bean Soup ~

Since spring hasn’t quite sprung here in New York yet, it’s nice to have a steaming bowl of soup to warm up when we get home. Cold rain is just the worst.

I’m not a fan of pureed soups. I’m also not a fan of thick soups. My favorites are of the broth based variety, or semi-pureed. This tastes like your traditional black bean soup but isn’t gloppy, which makes it a winner in my book.

Black Bean Soup ~

Quick Vegetarian Black Bean Soup

Slightly adapted from Epicurious

Print this recipe!

Serves 6-8

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 1/4 cups chopped onion
8 oz sliced mushrooms
4 large garlic cloves, chopped
1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme or 1 1/2 teaspoons dried
2 15-ounce cans black beans plus juices
1 14 1/2-ounce can low-salt chicken broth
2 14 1/2-ounce cans Hunts diced tomatoes with zesty mild green chiles
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 lime
1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
1 1/2 teaspoons hot pepper sauce
salt to taste
Sour cream and avocado to garnish

Heat oil in large pot over medium heat. Add onion, sauteeing until soft. Add garlic and mushrooms; sauté until mushrooms soften, about 5-8 minutes.

Add beans+juices, broth, tomatoes with juices, cumin and hot pepper sauce. Bring soup to boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until flavors blend and soup thickens slightly, stirring occasionally, about 20 minutes.

Stir in cilantro, salt and lime juice to taste.

If you have an immersion blender, puree part of the soup, leaving it mostly chunky, or to the consistency you like. If you don’t have an immersion blender, working in 2 batches, purée 2 1/2 cups soup in blender until smooth. Mix purée back into soup in pot.

Ladle soup into bowls.


  1. I always say I don’t like black beans, but this looks so good I’m going to declare a truce with black beans so I can make a bowl.

    • I’m not a huge bean fan, in general. But you don’t really notice the texture here, if that’s the issue! Hope you like it :)

  2. Yum, I always buy black beans and only ever use them for burritos. This is perfect something new for me. I can’t wait till it gets a little cooler here for me to want soups so I can try this.
    Have fun house hunting ;-)

    • Ooh, I should totally use them for burritos! I never think to make those :) Oh right, the weather over there is reversed, hehe. Lucky you…we’re all dying for some warmer weather about now. Thanks!

  3. I have to admit, I’m a little sad you won’t be moving out to my neck of the woods, but I am so happy for you that you get to stay where you are happiest and now you get to house hunt! Congrats to Nate on his new job!!
    I’ve never had black bean soup before, but I think I could put avocado and sour cream on top of pretty much anything and I would love it.

    • Aw, I know, it would have been fun to get to know you in person! Thank you so much :) I know, right? Sour cream and avocado take anything over the top!

  4. Cold rain is the worst, you’re right. All day long I snowshoed through chilly rain in dense forest that was (you guessed it) laden with raindrops. I hope this doesn’t make snowshoeing lose its allure for you! ;)

    • Ugh right? No, snowshoeing will never lose its allure!!! Until maybe I’ve actually done it in the freezing rain. But when I was hiking in Oregon/Washington on my honeymoon, we were literally in a downpour…it was actually kind of fun.

  5. Yay!!! So now…we really have NO excuse to finally meet up lol. Not that we ever had an excuse before. but I propose a weekend lunch/dinner/coffee date before the end of April! Let me know. :)

    I love any and all soups and black bean is an especial favorite. I have to try this one!

  6. Congrats to Nate!!! That’s so exciting that you get to stay in New York. I love black bean soup and this brothy version sounds so good.

  7. So happy Nate is home and found a job in NY!!! Listen, really, i was worried, and here’s why: someday, i expect i’ll come visit you, and hopefully it’s when some crazy person offers me a book deal. Anyway, i’ll have to fly to NY or something to do something important, like sign papers, and i’d much rather you be there than not. I would feel the same way about Cali anyway; i’d miss the seasons, i think. I have a dear friend out there right now, and although he’s one to sort of find the good in everything, and loves LA for various reasons, he misses home and the weather his natural habitat produces. :)
    I love this soup! and you know who would love this more? my mom, who ADORES black bean soup. I am making this for her.

    • Aw, I can’t wait for the day that you have a book deal and come visit me!!! Or you can visit sooner, of course ;) I’ll probably be living in NJ by then but very close to the city, so I will totally be your companion/tour guide :)

  8. Amy, your black bean soup looks *so* delicious! I love the addition of shrooms and avocado… yum, The colour is great too – so earthy. Congratulations to Nate on his new job – what a relief that must be for both of you getting to stay in NYC (although the alternative didn’t sound so bad to me ;-)). House hunting? How fun is that? Keep us posted… can’t wait! :).

    • Thanks, Kelly! Oh my gosh, we are SO relieved (prob me a little more than him in regards to location).Yes, I’m very excited to house hunt…going to see some this weekend!!!

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