• My Easiest Black Bean Soup Recipe

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    I enjoy soup all year round but when the weather starts to get cooler, I start to crave heartier soups made with beans. This hearty black bean soup is thick, delicious, and satisfying and one of the easiest soups I make.  Love This TrickI use a simple trick to eliminate  cut down the prep. I use a jar of chunky organic salsa. Think about it. Chunky salsa is made with onions, peppers, tomatoes, etc. The very ingredients that I usually prep this type of soup recipe. So, instead of cleaning, cutting, and chopping, I simply open a jar of organic chunky salsa and use the salsa with all it's chunky vegetables in my soup.  I appreciate that it is organic, because sometimes it's difficult to everything I want in organic produce.   All the Prep Ingredients in One JarSurprisingly, chunky salsa has all the ingredients to make this delicious 3 ingredient soup. I am not specifically promoting Aldi's (in fact, the salsa flies off the shelves and I sometimes can't even get the mild) but it is the best and most economical one that I've found ($1.89) As I mentioned, it's organic. It comes in mild, medium, or hot- so you can have it your way- and it is packed in glass, not a can. It meets all my criteria for a healthy safe product.  Make it in the Instant Pot It doesn't get easier than opening the jar, pouring it into the Instant Pot, adding soaked and drained beans, vegetable broth and water. Since the uncooked beans are soaked overnight, I set the Instant Pot timer for 25 minutes. If I don't pre-soak the beans (which I usually do because I think it helps digestibility), I would set the Instant Pot timer for 40 minutes.  When the soup is done, I remove the lid an partially blend using an immersion blender. This hearty, thick, easy soup is a favorite. Sweet Potato Salsa SoupI make another soup using salsa too- try my spicy sweet potato soup. Do You Plan a Menu for the Week? I don't usually create a menu plan for the week, do you?  but I thought if I did, I would make this soup every other monty in the cooler weather. Since I keep my own individual sized bags of cooked rice in the freezer ( link to see how I freeze cooked rice), I have the convenience of adding some rice to my husband's bowl which he loves.  If you do not have an Instant Pot You can still make this soup. Simply add the beans to a soup pot, cover the beans with water to just above the beans and cook for an hour. Some of the water will cook out. Add the salsa, vegetable broth and cook covered on a medium- low heat until the beans are tender.   Ingredients: 1 pound of dry black beans, washed, soaked overnight, and drained.1 jar of organic chunky salsa 3 cups of vegetable broth3 cups of water  Directions:Add everything to the Instant Pot. Secure lid, close steam valve, and set to pressure cook for 25 minutes. When done, allow to sit for 15 or more minutes and then release steam manually according to the manufacturer's directions. When all steam is released, remove lid and blend with an immersion blender to desired consistency.

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