Black Bean Veggie Soup

Soup weather is upon us! The rain has finally started consistently falling in Santa Cruz and cooking is what helps keep our apartment warm. I had a lot of leftover veggies this week (some from Thanksgiving, some that had been overlooked during Thanksgiving) so I decided to make soup. Simple inexpensive ingredients too! Most of my veggies were from Trader Joe’s and all organic. I know I need to start writing down the prices more often but I believe organics at TJ’s are at least a dollar more, depending on what you buy. I want to say that the amount of vegetables to make the soup is around $10. I get canned beans in bulk from Costco.

One really important thing about this recipe! This is a recipe for veggie stock. I based my own recipe off of one from Bon Appétit. So this recipe can be used two ways! I like a lot of veggies in my soup, hence why I decided to use a stock recipe as a starting point instead of a basic vegetable soup recipe. Adding the black beans is optional if you decide to eat as is but any beans would be a great addition.

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon olive oil
2 cups chopped celery into 1 inch pieces (5-7 stalks)
1 cup chopped carrots into 1 inch pieces (1 large carrot)
3 large broccoli stalks (no florets)
4-5 cloves of garlic sliced thin lengthwise
1 medium white onion peeled & cut into 1 inch pieces
1 bay leaf
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon whole black peppercorns
12 cups water
2 cups black beans rinsed & drained (1 15 oz. can)

Veggies in pot

Instructions:

  1. Heat oil in a large stockpot.
  2. Add all dry ingredients into pot and cook until softened (about 5 minutes).
  3. Add the 12 cups of cold water.
  4. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to a simmer.
  5. Simmer for 1 1/2 hours or until stock as reduced by half.
  6. If not straining to make vegetable stock, remove broccoli stalks and bay leaf.
  7. Add in rinse black beans and cook on low for another 5 minutes before serving.

Black Bean Veggie Soup

Step 6 and 7 are optional! Again, this recipe is based on a stock recipe so there will be a lot of veggies floating around. Adding additional spices catered to your taste is another great idea to top off the soup. Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and find this recipe enjoyable!

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