Thick and Rich Black Bean SoupThick and Rich Black Bean Soup Ingredients:

2 Tbsp cooking oil
1 medium sweet onion, diced
2 celery ribs, diced (including the leaves)
1 regular carrot (not baby), peeled and diced small
1 garlic clove, grated or minced
2 cans (14 oz size) chicken or vegetable broth
1 cup diced cooked ham (or 1/2 cup bacon, or omit meat)
1/4 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
3 cans (15 oz size) black beans, drained and rinsed (about 4 to 5 cups cooked beans)
Optional: shredded Cheddar cheese and sour cream for garnish

Thick and Rich Black Bean Soup Instructions:

Put a Dutch oven over medium heat on stove top.
Pour in oil, add onion, celery, and carrot; cook stirring for 4 minutes or until softened.
Add garlic and cook 1 more minute.
Add broth and bring soup just up to a slow boil.
Turn heat down to low heat, add ham and seasonings, and simmer for 15 minutes.
Add black beans, stir to combine, and simmer on very low heat for 10 minutes.
To thicken soup, scoop out about 3 to 4 cups of soup (mostly black beans) and put in food processor or blender.  Blend until smooth making a puree. Add puree back to soup pot, stir to combine and serve.
Top your thick and rich black bean soup with a sprinkling of cheese and a dollop of sour cream if desired.

Since beans are an excellent source of dietary fiber, minerals, and vitamins, and are naturally low in fat, calories, and sodium, this thick and rich black bean soup not only tastes good, it is good for you!

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