Fat Free Vegan Black Bean Soup Recipe
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Recipe type: Soup
Cuisine: Vegan
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Serves: 6
 
Ingredients
  • 4 cups black beans
  • 12 cups water
  • 2 bay leaves*
  • 28 oz crushed tomatoes, jarred or canned
  • 1.5 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1.5-2 tbsp Himalayan sea salt (or to taste)
  • ½-1 tbsp chili powder (depending on how much heat you want)
  • ⅛ tsp cayenne pepper
  • 3 tbsp cumin powder
  • ¼ water to sauté vegetables
  • 2 carrots, finely chopped
  • 4 springs of green onions, including white parts, finely chopped
  • ½ large onion, finely chopped
  • 4-5 stalks of celery, finely chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, finely chopped
  • ½ cup finely chopped cilantro
Instructions
  1. Pre-soak beans overnight and rinse before cooking. If you don't have time to pre-soak them, it will increase cooking time, but make sure to wash them thoroughly before cooking anyway.
  2. Pour 10 cups of water into a large cooking pot, add beans, salt and bay leaves and bring to boil.
  3. Cook until beans are tender, almost falling apart (pre-soaked beans cooking time might be 60-90 mins, while unsoaked beans will take 2-2.5 hrs. to get there)
  4. Add tomatoes and remaining 2 cups of water.
  5. Add: soy sauce, salt, chili powder, cayenne pepper and cumin powder, and continue cooking.
  6. Meanwhile, preheat a skillet on medium heat, add remaining ingredients: onions, carrots, celery and bell pepper. When you hear them sizzle, use ¼ cup of water, splashing as needed, to sauté. Bring to medium-high heat, sauté, stirring, for 1-2 minutes, reduce heat to medium and sauté for another 5 minutes.
  7. Remove ingredients from the skillet and add to boiling soup.
  8. Bring everything to boil.
  9. Add cilantro.
  10. Cover cooking pot, reduce heat to low and continue cooking for another 20-30 minutes.
  11. Cover cooking pot, reduce heat to low and continue cooking for another 20-30 minutes.
Notes
*pre-soaking, boiling beans with bay leaves, and removing white foam off the top, while boiling occurs--all reduce the "gas" effect of beans.
Recipe by Vegalicious at http://www.vega-licious.com/vegan-black-bean-soup-recipe/