I've been in a bit of a cooking slump as of late. Ya, not real great when you are the other half of a food and home blog! I was on line yesterday looking for some recipe inspiration and went to Real Simple.com! It's the website I like to go to for fun ideas, in and out of the kitchen! I wasn't looking for anything fancy or challenging! Just good, wholesome recipes I could feel great about feeding to my family! I am happy to report, I found several such recipes and will be testing and modifying them to my liking to share with you! Here is the first! And Folks, it DID NOT disappoint! I tweaked the recipe slightly and had it made in under 20 minutes! My family was in Black Bean Soup heaven last night!
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 1/2 cups fresh pico or salsa (I get mine at harmons in the back of the produce section)
1 16-oz can refried black beans
1 15-oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 1/2 cups chicken stock (add a little more if you want a thinner soup)
1/4 teaspoon cumin
1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne
3-4 drops hot sauce such as cholula or tabasco (we like things with a little kick so omit this if you want less heat)
Heat the oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the 1 1/2 cups fresh salsa and cook for about 4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the refried beans, black beans, chicken stock and spices and bring to a slight boil. Continuing to stir! Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes.
Divide between bowls and garnish however you would like! We used guacamole, sour cream and fresh pico! And my husband and little guy crushed tortilla chips in theirs! A winner all around for sure!
Note: I doubled the recipe and was glad to have some leftover for lunch today!;)
Modified by Kara
Images by Kara