Sweet Potato & Black Bean Soup


Need Our Greens: Added some sauteed spinach on top of soup

We spent Labor Day totally lazing about the house. We didn’t do too much, and that was just as we liked it. Though we relaxed, we still had to put in some work. How else were we going to eat? So, Mac made some soup for us.

The soup was made with a lot of ingredients (almost up there with Poppa Artichoke’s 21-ingredient chili), but it really didn’t take much effort. From soup to nuts, it took less than an hour to make. Mac made a big enough batch for a couple of days of comfort eats!

Not-So-Laborious Labor Day Sweet Potato and Black Bean Soup
Source: The Lazy Macaroon 
Serves 4-6

Ingredients:

  • 2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 1 15oz. can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 tsp olive oil, optional
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed and peeled
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and chopped
  • 1 celery stalk, chopped
  • 2 c. vegetable broth
  • 1c. water
  • 1/4 tsp. cumin
  • Pinch of thyme
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. dried parsley
  • 1/4 tsp. star anise
  • 1/2 tsp. fresh ground black pepper
  • Salt to taste, optional

Directions:

  1. In a medium saucepan, saute garlic (in oil, if using) until lightly browned. Add onion, carrot and celery and stir occasionally until onion becomes translucent
  2. Add sweet potatoes and broth. Give mixture a stir and bring to a boil. Then lower heat to a simmer, cover pan with lid and cook for 15-20 minute or until potatoes are tender
  3. In a small pot, add black beans and water. Stir in cumin and thyme. Bring to a boil and simmer for 15 minutes. When ready, pour off any extra water and set aside
  4. When potatoes are done, pour contents of saucepan into a blender. Add cinnamon, cayenne, parsley and star anise. Puree mixture until smooth and creamy
  5. Pour mixture back into the medium saucepan, and stir in cooked black beans. Mix in black pepper and salt (if using) 
  6. Enjoy!
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