Friday, November 6, 2009

Quick and Easy Pumpkin Black Bean Soup



I’m sick at the moment. I have a cold or flu or some kind of bug that makes human existence temporarily miserable. It’s probably my immune system kicking me in the backside for eating all that garbage lately.

So today is soup day. Very easy delicious soup day.

Quick and Easy Black Bean Soup
Ingredients
4 Tablespoons olive oil
1/2 cup onion, finely diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 Tablespoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon allspice
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
2 cans black beans (15 oz each), drained and rinsed
1 can (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes
1 can (16 oz) pumpkin puree
4 cups vegetable or chicken broth
Salt to taste

Optional Garnishes
Baked pumpkin seeds
Cheese
Sour Cream
Parsley
Crushed tortilla chips

Instructions
1. In a large pot heat the oil until shiny, then turn to medium low. Add the onion, garlic, cumin, kosher salt, cinnamon, allspice, pepper, and cayenne and stir often until the onion has softened. About 3 to 4 minutes.

2. In a food processor puree the beans and tomatoes. Add the puree, pumpkin and broth to the pot.

3. Simmer uncovered until thick, stirring often while scraping the bottom, about 30 minutes or until desired thickness. Salt to taste and garnish as desired.

Adapted from Home Made Simple and Cathy’s Blog Noble Pig. Picture by Laura Flowers.


14 comments:

Mary said...

...or you were exposed to someone who was contaigeous :-). I hope the soup made you feel better. It sounds delicious.

Amber said...

Keep the pumpkin recipes coming. This looks delicious! Hope you feel better soon. I had a major candy hangover on Monday.

Anonymous said...

Get well, I am doing the same thing. Sick and making bean and ham soup w/ cornbread. Reminds me of my Gran, when I am sick I always miss her. Not funny, I am 53 and a gran myself! haha. My Gran could always make it better! :o)

Jane

The Cooking Photographer said...

Hi Jane,

I hope your soup helps you on your way to feeling better. Why is it we can never make something as good as our parents or grandparents?

Maybe our memories are bigger than the soup we are eating so to speak. Who knows.

Laura

Pink Little Cake said...

Hi Laura, I hope you are feeling better, did you get your flu shoot? This pic looks awesome.

Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets said...

Get well soon, Laura! I like pumpkin soup but it often seems to be missing some oomph. The addition of black beans would certainly solve that issue. I'll have to try this soon.

Coleen's Recipes said...

Sorry to hear that your sick. I hope this beautiful soup help you fight the "bug".

Trissa said...

What a great idea - the recipe does sound so healthy - seems like it has a lot of flavour and fiber too! Get better soon okay?!

Cristie said...

Beautiful soup. Somehow soup really does warm the soul and feed the body. Get well soon.

ButterYum said...

Black bean soup is a favorite of mine... love that you added pumpkin (I have some in the fridge).

Hope you feel better very soon. If you were here, I'd make you my Italian Chicken Noodle Soup!!

:)
ButterYum

Tiffiny Felix said...

Yum, yum, yum...I've seen several posts for Pumpkin Black Bean soup lately. Must be someone telling me I need to make some :) Thanks for the super-easy recipe!

2 Stews said...

I hope you are feeling better by now. Soup always helps! This is such an interesting combo with a few of my favorite ingredients. I'm adding it to my cold weather foods list.

Thanks....Diane

Ted said...

Make a printer friendly version of this page please!

The Cooking Photographer said...

You got it Ted! Thanks for asking.

Laura

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