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 recipeI 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!




Rob said…
My wife makes black bean soup. It almost looks like tar while she's doing it. I can't bring myself to even try it.
Kate P said…
Maybe that's why people add carrots and tomatoes, Rob? It can get pretty dark. But tasty. You should make her happy and try it. (Maybe with your eyes closed. . .)

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