Spiced Up Black Bean Soup
A delicious combination of black beans, jalapeño, and all kinds of spices makes this soup perfect for a cold winter day.
This soup is seriously so easy, and I made it last minute as dinner for myself, with lots of left overs of course.
WW My Way Smart Points: 5 Green, 1 Blue,1 Purple
Starting It Up
So this soup has very few ingredients but lots of flavor. I started out by putting on my handy dandy gloves and finely chopped up a jalapeño. I pushed that aside and took my onion and cut that up, leaving it in somewhat big chunks, about quarter size. Then I used some non-stick cooking spray and sprayed the bottom on my soup pan really well. I also added about a tsp of olive oil to the pot to get the flavors of it in the soup, without having to use a bunch of it as oils drive up the points of meals, and I have come to find that the amounts called for in recipes is often much more than is actually needed, adding points and calories without much flavor.
I added the onion and jalapeño to the pot and cooked both of those up for 5-10 minutes until the onion was golden and soft. Next I added in the garlic and cooked for 1 more minute until I could really smell the garlic. I added all the spices to the cooked onions and then cooked it up for 2-4 more minutes to let the flavors really cook in. While all this was cooking up, I opened the 4 cans of black beans and dumped them into a strainer. I let the sink run over the beans while I stirred the onions from time to time. This let all the fuzzy icky stuff to wash off the beans, so they wouldn't mess up the texture of the soup. When the onions were all seasoned and ready, I added the beans and the chicken stock to the pot for some more flavor blending cooking. I gave everything a good stir together and then let it cook until the soup was boiling. I then turned the heat down, and let it simmer for 10-15 more minutes.
Blending It To Perfection
The next step was to get the soup from beans and onions, to a creamy and smooth soup. I took the pot off the stove, and used my immersion blender to get it blended together evenly. If you dont have one of those, you can pour the soup in batches into a normal blender and blend it up together that way, but that is way more dishes, and immersion blenders are relatively inexpensive. They also have so many uses!
I blended the soup together until it looked the the picture above, and there weren't any big chunks of onion or beans left. I then took my lime squeezer, and squeezed my lime into the soup, and stirred it in with the spoon.
The Finishing Touches
To serve the soup in the most delicious way, I took a blob of non-fat plain Greek yogurt and plopped it on top of each individual bowl, and topped it with a handful of green onions.
Stir the bowl all together for eating, and Enjoy a tasty, hearty, filling soup!