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25 Mar, 2009

Marla’s black bean soup: almost as easy as opening a can and dumping it into a pot

Posted by andrea tomkins in: Recipes and Food

Before I write out the recipe, please take a moment to behold the healthy goodness:

Black bean soup

I’ve been on a soup kick lately, especially since I discovered a few things:

  • Chicken stock is easy to make.
  • Homemade soup can be chock full o’good things. It is a vehicle for vegetables.
  • Soup takes the edge off my hunger and when I eat a bowl around 4:00 I don’t eat as much for dinner.
  • Soup is good.

This recipe isn’t even a real recipe. It is as easy as it gets. Marla mentioned it in a past post and I only got to trying it Monday at 11:55 a.m., when I was starving and discovered we’d pretty much run out of food. The whole thing took less than ten minutes.

I’m rewriting it here for easy reference.

Marla’s Black Bean Soup

  • Open one can of black beans, rinse under cold running water, dump into food processor
  • Add half a jar of salsa (I used a mild salsa from Farm Boy)
  • Whir until unrecognizable
  • Add to medium-sized pot, along with enough vegetable broth to get a texture that looks good to you. (I added a bit of water too.)
  • Heat until hot.


That is, um, until you add the cheese. :)

I dressed mine up with a dollop of sour cream, shredded cheese, and green onions. It would have also been very good with a squirt of lime, and some chopped cilantro and avocado, and maybe some grilled corn.

Who knew healthy eating could taste so good?

14 Responses to "Marla’s black bean soup: almost as easy as opening a can and dumping it into a pot"

1 | Sherry

March 25th, 2009 at 6:43 am


It’s only 7:45 am and yet this has made me ridiculously hungry for soup. I’m going to add the ingredients to our grocery list later and give it a try.

2 | Loukia

March 25th, 2009 at 7:37 am


Oh, yum! I think I’ll try this because it sounds easy enough. (And I’m terrible in the kitchen!) I wonder if you could use lentil beans instead, would it taste as good?

3 | Chantal

March 25th, 2009 at 8:00 am


Yummm, I am totally going to make this. My husband will think I am a genius. Do I have to tell him Marla is the genius?

4 | Natalie

March 25th, 2009 at 9:56 am


Awesome Andrea! I too am going to add the ingredients to my shopping list. Thanks! :)

5 | Javamom

March 25th, 2009 at 11:58 am


Just so happens I have all that stuff in my pantry or fridge.

You know what else is easy? Make a vegetable soup (old veggies from the bottom of your fridge you can’t eat raw but are still good enough), an onion, and water, stick the whole thing in the crockpot, and turn it on high for 5 or 6 hours (or low for longer, or overnight). Pour the soup into several mason jars and put in the fridge (or freezer).

Next day, take a mason jar, pour it into a pot, and add, say, leftovers from last night dinner. Like, I had corn and some chicken. Hearty lunch.

Or cook some pasta or rice and throw that in. Some canned beans. Cheese tortellini. Whatever you have on hand.

It’s so easy and, like you said, it’s chock full of veggies (you can even use the broth by the spoonfuls over some gnocchi or something just to add some vitamins to your food).

6 | Trea

March 25th, 2009 at 7:03 pm


Um … I haven’t had dinner yet, and this soup sounds so good! I guess being pregnant doesn’t help – now I want black bean soup! So easily persuadable. Yummy yum yum! Thanks …

7 | Marla

March 25th, 2009 at 8:34 pm


Hahaha! This makes me laugh. Thanks, for the credit – but also…haven’t I fed you soup nearly every time you’ve come to my house? You’d think I was the soup chef in some horrible Hollywood version of the Tale of Desperaux…

8 | DaniGirl

March 26th, 2009 at 11:12 am


Oh my, this looks like something I could make — and with stuff I already have in my cupboard. Woot! Hooray for the intersection of Marla and Andrea, where magical things happen…

(I still pine for Marla’s chicken noodle soup and it’s been 2 1/2 years…. sigh)

9 | Amy @ Muddy Boots

March 26th, 2009 at 11:54 am


I’m so making this. I have a great recipe for grilled red pepper and garlic soup. I’ll have to take photos as I go next time and post it. Yummers.

10 | andrea

March 26th, 2009 at 12:18 pm


Marla: soup is sustenance! The best there is!

BTW I made this again but with hot salsa (and a little more of it), a healthy squirt of lime juice, and some chopped cilantro. It totally hit the spot. Delish!

11 | BeachMama

March 26th, 2009 at 12:24 pm


Mmmm, I love soup. Might have to give this one a try, it is a bit different than the black bean soup I usually make.

12 | lacoop

April 5th, 2009 at 3:23 pm


We made this today. It was great! A few celery hearts and chipotle peppers were added as well. We’ll do this one again.

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