Uh oh. We’ve got a situation on our hands. I think I’m becoming a soup lover. This is very frightening to me because I didn’t use to like soups. I could go for the occasional bowl of tomato with my grilled cheese, or a cup at Panera with my you-pick-two combo. But other than that, I didn’t make it a practice to buy or make soup, unless it was my mom’s Potato Soup. But see, since starting this blog and making it a quest to eat meatless at least once per week, I’ve found more and more soups that actually look … gasp … good, appealing, and even tasty. What’s going on??!?! Since August, I’ve blogged about eight soups that I’ve loved and look forward to making again. This is cRaZIneSs! [Yup, I used to type like that all.the.time back in the days of AIM. Hilarious!] Anyways, I’ll consider my problems at a later time. I’ve gotta tell you about this soup.
This Roasted Tomato and Black Bean soup is fabulous. It’s smooth and flavorful, with extra depth from roasting the veggies. It’s spicy but not too intense, and has a hint of summer in every bite. I can’t wait to make this with fresh tomatoes from the farmer’s market come summer! This soup also freezes really well, so don’t be afraid of making the whole batch and dividing it into smaller containers to freeze for lunch. Have at it!
Roasted Tomato and Black Bean Soup [from Ellie Krieger’s So Easy]
- 7 medium tomatoes, quartered
- 1 1/2 cups onion, chopped in large pieces
- 3 cloves garlic, peeled
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- salt and pepper
- 5 cups chicken broth [vegetable would work too]
- 2 15 ounce cans of black beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- dash hot pepper sauce
- sour cream, for topping
- cilantro, for topping
Preheat oven t0 375 degrees. Toss the tomatoes, onion, and garlic with the olive oil, a little salt, and a generous amount of pepper. Spread in a single layer on a baking sheet, then roast for about 35-45 minutes, flipping halfway through. Remove from oven when the garlic is softened, the onions are brown, and the tomatoes have collapsed.
Meanwhile, stir together the broth, beans, cumin, chili powder, and a little pepper in a 4-6 quart saucepan or dutch oven. When veggies are cool enough to handle, add veggies to the pot. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and blend until smooth using an immersion blender or in batches in a food processor or regular blender. If you choose the second option, allow mixture to cool and be sure to vent so hot liquid doesn’t explode all over your kitchen! Stir in the hot pepper sauce, to taste. Garnish with cilantro and sour cream as desired.
Click here for the printable version: Roasted Tomato and Black Bean Soup
Question of the Day: Were you into AIM or any other online chatting? What was one of your super cool screennames and how did you come up with it? I was wlrunner03 for many years… school + sport + graduation year…. ooooh yeah! And I was also wltrackgrl I think…