Jack frost was nipping at our noses this morning. It had to happen eventually. It was the perfect day for some homemade black bean soup, Panera style.
Nutrition varies depending on how thick or thin you make the soup, but it has roughly 90-100 calories per cup. It is pretty filling, a stick to your ribs type of soup. Lots of fiber!
If you don’t want to take the time to soak and boil your black beans, you can use canned beans.
Use organic ingredients where ever possible.
If you like a little heat, you can add some ancho chili powder or chipotle chili powder to taste.
Don’t stress about finely chopping the vegetables, because you’ll be pureeing them after they’re cooked. I just put it in my Nutribullet using the largest cup. (note: if you use this method, they shouldn’t be very hot)
You can also use water or chicken broth if you don’t have vegetable broth.
Panera Style Black Bean Soup
- 2 cups dried black beans -soaked 8 hours or overnight and boiled until tender (about 30 minutes) OR 2 – 15 oz cans black beans rinsed and drained
- 1 teaspoon coconut oil or avocado oil
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 large ribs of celery, chopped
- 2 medium/large carrots, chopped
- 1/2 red bell pepper, chopped
- 1 1/2 cups vegetable broth, plus more to thin to desired consistency
- 1 teaspoon sea salt (to taste)
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- Soak black beans 8 hours or overnight in water. Make sure you have enough water for the beans to expand. Rinse beans and cook in saucepan with salted water until tender, about 30 minutes. Drain. Set aside.
- In a large pot, add the oil, onion, carrots, celery, red pepper and garlic. Cook on low heat until tender. Let cool slightly for the blender.
- Put the vegetables, vegetable broth, and 3/4 cup of black beans into a high speed blender. Blend until smooth.
- Return the pureed vegetables to the pot. Add the rest of the black beans, cumin, salt (to taste) and lemon juice.
- Add chili powder if desired. (optional)
- Add more vegetable broth if you would like the a thinner soup.
- Heat thoroughly.
Let me know what you think!