- 1 heaping cup diced onion (160 g, approx. 1 small or 1/2 a large)
- 1 heaping cup peeled and diced carrot (160 g, approx. 2 medium)
- 1 diced green pepper
- 1 cup chopped celery (150 g, approx. 3 ribs)
- 1/2 a jalapeno, de-seeded and minced (or a whole one for extra spiciness)
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 tsp each cumin, oregano and chili powder
- 3–4 cups vegetable broth (start with 3 cups, add a bit if it seems too thick)
- 1 cup (250 mL) tomato sauce (any plain tomato pasta sauce works)
- 1 19 oz can black beans, drained and rinsed (330 g, about 2 cups cooked beans)
- 1/2 cup finely chopped cilantro
- salt and pepper, to taste
- squeeze of fresh lime juice
- Add the onion, carrot, celery, garlic and bell pepper to a soup pot with a bit of the vegetable broth and cook for 5-10 minutes until starting to soften, stirring occasionally. You can saute in a bit of olive oil if you prefer.
- Stir in the spices and cook for a few more minutes.
- Add the broth, tomato sauce and black beans and bring to a simmer. Simmer lightly until the carrots are tender, about 15 minutes.
- Scoop half of the soup into a blender and puree until very smooth. Alternatively, you can use an immersion blender in the pot but I like the creaminess achieved by transferring it to the blender.
- Pour the blended soup back into the pot and stir in the cilantro. Season with salt and pepper and add a squeeze of fresh lime juice, if desired.
- Sub 2-3 chili peppers in adobo sauce for the jalapeno for more of a chipotle flavour.
- Start with 3 cups of vegetable broth and add a bit more if it seems too thick, it just depends on the exact amount of veggies you use and how thick you want your soup.
- Serving Size: 1/6th of recipe (350 g)
- Calories: 157
- Fat: 1 g
- Carbohydrates: 30 g
- Fiber: 9 g
- Protein: 7 g
Keywords: easy, quick, healthy, vegetarian