Easy Black Bean Soup

Easy Black Bean Soup via A Beautiful Mess Whoever invented or came up with the idea to can cooked beans is totally my hero! I don't mind cooking dry beans, it just takes so much longer. But armed with a can of ranch style black beans, I can make myself some soup in as little as twenty minutes. It's amazing!

On a related note, I might be easily amazed. 

Easy Black Bean Soup via A Beautiful Mess  One thing that's a little bit different about this soup is the addition of carrots. Carrots and black beans? Yes. Do it. It's delicious. In truth, I've been putting carrots in most soups lately. I just love how they soften and take on the flavor of the soup during cooking. Makes them a perfect soup veggie if you ask me. 

Black bean soup recipeEasy Black Bean Soup, serves 2-3.

1 15 oz can ranch style black beans
3 oz carrots, chopped
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1/2 red onion, finely chopped
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 1/2 cups vegetable stock
cayenne
cumin
salt
pepper
sour cream, cheese and cilantro for garnish

First chop up the carrots, garlic and onion. In a medium sized pot, cook the vegetables in the olive oil over medium heat for 3-4 minutes. While they are cooking, season with cayenne, cumin, salt and pepper. You'll note I didn't add any amounts to these and that's because it's a very small amount you're going for here. Keep in mind you can add more of any of these to the soup later.

How to make black bean soupAdd the stock and cook for another 3-4 minutes until the carrots begin to soften. Then stir in the beans. Cook until everything is nice and hot. Taste and add more spices or salt as needed. 

Easy Black Bean Soup via A Beautiful MessGarnish with sour cream, cheese and cilantro. Eat under a cozy blanket and watch TV. Oh yes, I know what happens at your house during dinner time, and that's because that's exactly what happens at our house. 🙂 Enjoy! xo. Emma

Credits // Author and Photography: Emma Chapman. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.

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