Taste of the Ozarks: Smoky Black Bean Soup

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Smoky Black Bean Soup
Recipe courtesy: Dietitian Lindsay Sparks of Feed Your Spark
Serves: 4 to 5

Ingredients:

· 1 yellow onion

· 2 cloves garlic

· 1 jalapeño (optional)

· 2 Tbsp olive oil

· 3 15oz. cans reduced-sodium or no-salt added black beans

· 1 15oz. can reduced-sodium or no-salt added fire roasted diced tomatoes

· 1 tsp ground cumin

· 1/2 tsp dried oregano

· 1/2 tsp smoked paprika or chipotle powder

· Salt to taste

Directions:

1. Dice the onion and mince the garlic. Remove the stem and seeds from the jalapeño, then dice the remaining jalapeño flesh. Add the onion, garlic, jalapeño, and olive oil to a soup pot and sauté over medium heat for about 5 minutes, or until the onions are soft and translucent.

2. While the onion, garlic, and jalapeño are sautèing, use a blender to purée two of the three cans of black beans (with liquid from the can). If the beans are too thick to purée, add just enough water to make them blend.

3. Add all three cans of black beans to the soup pot (one can of whole beans with liquid, two puréed), along with the can of fire roasted diced tomatoes (with juices), the cumin, oregano, and smoked paprika. Stir to combine.

4. Place a lid on the pot and allow the soup to come up to a simmer. Allow the soup to simmer, stirring often, for about 15 minutes. After simmering for 15 minutes, taste and add salt to taste. Serve hot with your choice of toppings.

Nutrition Information
Per 1 cup:

Calories: 320, Total Fat: 6 gm, Sat Fat: 1 gm, Sodium: 35 mg, Potassium: 1020 mg (29%), Total Carbohydrate: 50 gm, Fiber: 13 gm, Protein: 16 gm, Vitamin C: 20% DV, Calcium: 12% DV, Iron: 24% DV