Yummy Improvised Soup
I was really in the mood for black bean soup, and there was a recipe I was going to follow. . . only by the time I had all the ingredients together, I'd lost the recipe. Seriously, I can't remember where I saw it.
So, I went to the website for the can of black beans and found a pretty simple black bean soup recipe. I had all the ingredients except salsa, and I was planning to half the recipe, anyway, so I improvised with what I already had in the fridge.
I have one of those mini-food-processors, but I think a blender would work well, too. I threw together a handful of grape tomatoes, a clove of garlic, two pappadews (seriously, the jar has been sitting in the door of my fridge) for heat, and a squeeze of lemon juice. That was the salsa part. Then I also put in as close to half of the 15-oz. can of beans as I could fit in the bowl.
It all whirred together nicely, and I threw it into the saucepan with the remainder of the can of beans, and 1-1/2 tsp. chili powder.
Initially, I forgot to add the 1/2 cup of chicken broth, so the small cup I had with dinner tonight was a bit thicker. The broth does add more flavor, but it does thin out the soup, so if I make this again I'll add less broth. And I topped my cup with a little bit of Tofutti "Sour Supreme" fake sour cream. Not bad.
A comforting soup to build up my reserves for one more full week of school!