A lifetime ago, I was a South Beach Diet fanatic.
In one of their cookbooks, they had a recipe for Black Bean Soup that was simply to-die-for. I loved it. I ate it every night for dinner for about 2 weeks straight. It was that good.
Sadly, I have since given away the books and completely forgotten how to make their recipe. But the good news is,
I’ve come up with my own recipe for Black Bean Soup, and I love it just as much! Topped with a little fresh cilantro, a bowl of this soup pretty much makes a full meal! In fact, if you are vegetarian or vegan, all you’d have to do is add a whole grain to make a complete protein for a fabulous Meatless Monday dinner!
I love making this from scratch in the slow cooker because dry beans are so cheap to buy in bulk. It’s also a very quick and easy recipe prep-wise simply because you just pour everything in the post, turn on the slow cooker and go do whatever you have to do for 6 hours. When you get home for dinner, all you have to do is blend and serve.
This would be great served with a slice of whole grain garlic bread too, and makes an easy lunch to take to work!
YOU MIGHT ALSO ENJOY:
- Clean Eating Split Pea Soup
- Clean Eating Lentil Soup
- Clean Eating Beans And Barley Soup
- Clean Eating Chicken And Dumplings
Clean Eating Slow Cooker Black Bean Soup
(Makes approximately 18 servings)
- 8 cups chicken broth (vegetable broth for Meatless Monday!)
- 2 cups dry black beans, washed (and soaked if you prefer)
- 4 carrots, peeled and chopped or shredded
- 4 stalks celery, sliced
- 1 red onion, chopped
- 3 tablespoons onion powder
- 2 tablespoons cumin
- 1 tablespoon parsley
- 2 tablespoons garlic powder
- 1 vegetable bouillon cube
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Fresh cilantro to taste
- In a 5 quart crock pot, combine all ingredients.
- Cook on high setting for approximately 6 hours, or until the beans are soft and cooked through (or, cook on medium for 8-9 hours). It’s important to know your crock pot. Each crock pot cooks differently. Adjust cooking times and temperatures accordingly.
- Using a hand blender, blend the soup right in the crock pot until you achieve the texture and smoothness you prefer. If you don’t have a hand blender, transfer a few cups at a time into a blender or food processor and blend till smooth.
- Garnish with fresh cilantro.