Meena and I planned WAY too much food for our friend’s bachelorette party. I knew we were overdoing it a bit, but when we arrived to find out we had planned for almost 2 times as many guests as were coming, we had a bit of left overs. We had a large amount of a bean salad to take home with us. It makes a great side dish, but the amount we had would last a long time for two people. I decided it was left over remix time!
I love left over remixes because it takes something which you’ve eaten but is been there/done that and turns it into a new exciting dish. It got cold this past week, so soup is on the menu again! (I eat so much soup in the winter, I’m sick of it by summer. But when the cold weather comes creeping back in, so does my desire for bowls of steamy stewy soups!)
I pulled out all the items I had in the fridge, which included a bag of bean salad and half a jar of roasted salsa left over from the party. I had some vegetable stock from making seitan and a jalapeno and some shredded cheese for making the jalapeno poppers left over from our launch party. The stock along with some milk in the fridge pureed into the beans would make a hearty soup. The salsa along with some tomato paste would sweeten the beans and spice it up along with the jalapeno. Its soup time!
Black Bean Soup
- 4 c. left over bean salad
- 1 can black beans
- 1 can pinto or kidney beans
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp cumin
- 1/2 tsp chili powder
- 1/2 c. salsa
- 1 medium onion diced
- 1 jalapeno diced
- 1 8 oz. can tomato paste
- 1 c. milk
- 1 quart (4 c.) soup stock- whatever kind you prefer
- shredded cheese to garnish.
- optional: fresh lime
Making soup is pretty easy and I usually follow the same steps regardless of the ingredients.
Start with sauteing the onions. I added the jalapeno as the onions were becoming translucent to reduce the heat a bit with a quick saute.
Next I added the beans as well as the salsa and let them saute for a minute or two.
Next I added the stock and allowed it to come to a quick boil and reduced it to a simmer. The canned beans are already cooked, so I could use my immersion blender to puree the soup right away (instead of simmering until all vegetables were cooked). If you don’t have an immersion blender, you can pour it into a regular blender, or use a food processor.
I tasted the puree and seasoned as necessary. I added some shredded cheese and a bit more milk to make it more creamy and a bit of fresh lime to punch it up. But you should taste and season to your liking. A bit of honey helps sweeten or a few drops of hot sauce can help spike up the spice.
I made some quick quesadillas with the shredded cheese and a few tortillas, garnished with fresh cilantro, and bam: Bean Salad became Bean Soup!