This was a perfect soup with the spicy chicken recipe from CL 12-08. There wasn't much flavor, but the right amount of soup for 4 people. I liked the addition of the ham and would not substitute with bacon. I love how easy it was to put together and the texture was smooth.
Quick Black Bean Soup
tifscatku Posted: 12/15/08
Katieliz Posted: 11/21/08
I was amazed at how tasty this came out since the recipe is so simple. I added a bay leaf while it simmered, and used crumbled bacon on top instead of ham - but otherwise kept it the same. Mine had plenty of body, nice & thick. Tasted like a restaurant soup. We had it with the Mexican beer-cheese bread from the most recent issue - fabulous.
DarlaK Posted: 11/20/08
This soup was pretty good, the flavors blended well together and it was quick to make! It was a little more liquidy than I thought it would be, I was hoping for a thicker soup, but it may have been because I reserved more than a 1/2 beans to add at the end, so there wasn't as many beans in the blended portion. Either way it was a good!
JasonM Posted: 12/23/09
While we did eventually enjoy this recipe, it was only with the addition of several spices, so I feel that it deserves the designation: has potential. I made the recipe exactly as called for and immediately found the results "flat". I added about 1/4tsp each of ground coriander, smoked paprika, and chipotle powder. I also stirred in the ham (instead of using it as a garnish) and allowed it to simmer its flavor into the soup. It was very tasty. My only real complaint is that the serving size is needlessly skimpy. With such a low-calorie soup, the servings could easily be doubled and still be a very healthy recipe, in my opinion. I suppose if you served this with a small salad or sandwich, the serving size is ample.
lizdahl Posted: 01/09/09
It was very flavorful and easy. I used 1/2 a red onion and sauteed it in a bit of canola oil with a crushed clove of garlic. I also used chipotle ground red pepper and the juice of 1/2 a lime. Neither my husband and I are big fans of bean soup, but we are trying to save money. This was so good I ate the leftovers the next day for lunch.
nancymd11 Posted: 04/06/09
This was a fast and tasty lunch dish enjoyed by my discriminating 21 and 24 year old daughters and niece. I sauted the red onion in a smidgeon of olive oil (wiped the saucepan first) and followed the recipe, substituting 2 cups of tetrapack chicken stock for the canned and adding some chopped canned tomatoes instead of the ham. Served with a dollop of sour cream, it was enjoyed by all.
es4vols1 Posted: 11/21/08
Good recipe on a cold fall day. I had to add a little more water because it was too thick. Also, I think I would add crumpled bacon on top next time instead of ham. I added a little extra red pepper as I wanted to give it a kick!
jenbeede Posted: 01/17/09
I have been wanting to make Black Bean Soup for a while. This was perfect. It was easy but very good. I did not add the ham though, not a big ham fan. I also did not use the cumin because I don't care for cumin and I didn't have any red pepper o I used a little chili powder.
rthanrahan Posted: 01/16/09
This is a great recipe for weeknight, family dinners. It is so easy to make, healthy and tasty. I recommend using another half can of broth. I serve this soup with quesadillas. I doubled the recipe the last time I made it and the leftovers are great.