So it’s May…It’s getting nice and hot outside…just the way I love it! Mr Man texted me a recipe he found for his favorite soup: Panera Bread’s Black Bean Soup. Ummmm OK? I am up for soup in May.
Before I continue…I have to point out TWO important things.
First off, I am anti-Panera Bread. Why? I think in some ways just to irk my mother. She loves that restaurant. Anytime you would ask her where we should go for lunch she would say Panera Bread. So my dad and I started to refuse to go there. Now she will say: “let’s go for lunch but I know I am not allowed to ask for Panera Bread so let’s find a place that you guys prefer”. She even uses a bit of a sarcastic tone. Not cool Mom! I just find the restaurant and food over-rated…there I said it. Panera Bread is over-rated!
Second, when Matt went to Panera Bread with a client of his, they went to Panera Bread (obviously! Hence this story!). He had the Black Bean Soup. Seriously, it was as if he had found Atlantis. He talked and talked and talked some more about that darn soup. I swear, I thought he would never stop. He did and then he found the recipe in the local newspaper….so then making THAT soup for supper became important and vital to our well-being.
I aim to please…and to irk my Mom….and to make my husband stop talking about a soup.
1 onion finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 celery ribs, chopped
1/4 large red bell pepper, finely chopped
2 small chicken or vegetable bouillon cubes
1 1/2 cups boiling water
2 15-ounce cans black beans undrained
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cumin
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1 1/2 teaspoons corn starch
In a large dutch oven or stock pot add your onion, garlic, celery, red bell pepper bouillon cubes and boiling water. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer for about 10 minutes. Add half a can of black beans, salt and cumin, cook for another 5 minutes.
Puree soup in a blender or immersion blender. Add the rest of the beans to the soup. Combine the cornstarch with 1 1/2 tablespoons of water. Add the lemon juice and the cornstarch to the soup, bring to a simmer and cook until thickened.
Serve with finely diced red pepper. You could even add a dollop of sour cream or maybe some diced up jalapenos…trust me I could go on! Which I won’t because that would be oh so not like me….sarcasm is much like me!
Enjoy, this is a super easy and wallet friendly soup. I bet you could make the whole thing for what they sell a bowl at Panera Bread. Crazy isn’t it!
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Peace and Irk,
Note: I actually made this soup at 6:45am. It does make your house smell fantastically delicious! Great way to start the day!
Second Note: Per Mr. Man…add twice as much cumin as what this call for!
Final Note: I have no way of knowing if this is the true Panera Bread recipe but that’s what the newspaper said!