Friday, November 13, 2009

Black Bean Soup

Okay so this soup actually turned out really great, so different and totally not what I was expecting. I found the recipe on someone's blog (sorry can't remember where!) it didn't have a picture so I didn't know what to expect, but I thought I would give it a whirl! And I am glad I did! It made lots (maybe because I always add more than what's called for) so I froze it and heated it up on a day when I didn't feel like cooking. If you do the same, serve half of it and pour the other half in a freezer bag, lay it flat to freeze, and once it's frozen, you can stand it up right and store lots of frozen entrees like little books in your freezer!

1 large yellow onion, chopped
1 large green bell pepper, chopped
4 stalks celery, chopped
2 cans black beans
1 jar salsa
3 cups vegetable broth
1/2 cup barley or couscous
2 cups frozen corn
2 shredded carrots
2 tsp. cumin
4 tsp. fresh lime juice
2 cloves garlic, minced

In a large pot, drizzle your grape seed oil, saute your onion, green pepper, celery and garlic for about 5 minutes, turning every once in a while. While that is cooking, drain 1 can black beans and dump them in the pot and add 1 can of black beans to your blender and puree until smooth and dump that in as well. Next, add your salsa, veggie broth, barley (I used whole wheat couscous cause that's what I had on hand), carrots, corn, cumin, and lime juice. Stir everything together, bring to a boil, and cover on low to simmer for 30 minutes.


Lisa said...

this was a real crowd pleaser with the osbornes at wednesday night bible study!!!

Andrea said...

Awesome!!! Glad you guys liked it, it's fun huh???

Totally Desperate Mom said...

Will try this one too. Danika has been telling me about this site and now I am finally scoping it out. Love it. Can't wait to try some of this stuff.

Nicki Appel said...

ooooh. This was a fave! I have to say thank you for helping me figure out this cooking-well thing. I have had fun following food blogs and yours is one I most frequent.

Andrea said...

Awesome Nikki!! Glad you liked this soup, it's one of my favorites, a classic around here!!! Hope you are doing well, sure fun to hear from you, thanks for the note!!!

Clara said...

I just found your blog and I am really enjoying your recipes! I have never cooked with cous cous before so I was wondering do I cook it first or just dump it in? Thanks for your help!

Andrea said...

HI Clara, glad you are enjoying the recipes! I am sure you will love this one too, it's one of my favorites! You just dump the couscous right in, it will cook in the soup! Enjoy, let me know how it turns out!!