Quick and Easy Vegetarian Black Bean Soup (with Vegan Option)

Bowl of Black Bean Soup with Sour Cream
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  • 15 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins,
  • Cook: 10 mins
  • Yield: 4 servings of soup
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This vegetarian and vegan black bean soup is an easy, quick, healthy, low-fat and high-protein vegetarian soup recipe that will warm up your family in less than 15 minutes flat. It's a versatile recipe that you can also make vegan and gluten-free. It's also easy enough that you can involve your kids in helping to make it, giving them valuable experience in preparing meals.

You will start with canned black beans to eliminate the time for soaking and cooking beans from scratch and you can use commercially prepared salsa or your own fresh homemade salsa.

Need it to be vegan? You can make this black bean soup vegan by simply omitting the cheese and sour cream or substituting vegan cheese or vegan sour cream.

Need it to be gluten-free? If you need this recipe to be gluten-free as well, just use water instead of the vegetable broth, or check to make sure that the broth you use is gluten-free (most aren't, but there are some which are, so read the label if needed). This vegetarian black bean soup recipe comes to you courtesy of Bush's® Beans

What You'll Need

  • 2 15 ounce cans black beans (undrained)
  • 16 ounces vegetable broth
  • 1/2 cup salsa
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • Optional: shredded cheese
  • Optional: sour cream
  • Optional: chopped onion
  • Optional: fresh chopped cilantro

How to Make It

  1. Mash one can of black beans with potato masher. Or, pulse the beans in a food processor with a little bit of extra water if needed until they are mostly smooth. 
  2. Pour both cans of beans into a medium-sized saucepan.
  3. Add vegetable broth, salsa, and chili powder.
  4. Bring to a boil.
  5. It's ready to serve once it has come to a boil.
  6. If desired, serve the black bean soup topped with shredded cheese, sour cream, onion, and cilantro. Of course, you can use vegan cheese and vegan sour cream substitutes.

    This recipe makes four low-fat servings of vegetarian black bean soup. If that's more than you and your family will have at once, this is a great soup to enjoy the next day. You can also freeze the extra soup to reheat for lunches or dinners later. You can microwave it to reheat, or gently reheat on the stovetop in a saucepan.

    Nutritional Information (excluding optional ingredients):
    Calories 213
    calories from fat: 24
    Total fat: 2.7 g
    Cholesterol: 0m g
    Total carbohydrates: 32.9 g
    Dietary fiber 11 g
    Protein: 14.5 g
    Vitamin A 13%
    Vitamin C 3%
    Calcium 12%
    Iron 20%

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