stoup3I know some people don’t care for her, but I have personally always liked Rachael Ray. Her girl next store ways,  her huge smile, and even her cheesy Rachaelisms. {Think evoo, delish, yum-o!} And of course- Stoup. She uses this word to describe a soup that is really hardy, like a cross between a soup and a stew. I have adopted her word for this thick and chunky Southwestern Black Bean Soup. I made this on a Sunday afternoon and ate it throughout the week.

BTW-It got even better as the days went on.

Hope January is treating you well!



Here’s What You Need: (Serves 6)
2 cans organic black beans, rinsed and drained
14.5oz diced tomatoes and their juices
2 cups of organic chicken broth
1 tsp each of cumin, paprika, ancho powder*
1/2-1 tsp sea salt + 1/4 tsp black pepper
1 cup of frozen corn, black bean, and vegetable mix (likeTarget’s Archer Farms Southwest Inspired…)
1/2 small pasta (like shells) optional
1 cup of cilantro, chopped
Juice of 1 lime
1/2 yellow or sweet onion, diced roughly
1 large carrot, diced
Plain ff yogurt (optional)

Here’s What You Do:
Preheat olive oil in a large pot. Add spices, swirl them in the oil and then add the carrrot and the onion. Saute until they soften slightly (3 minutes or so). Add in the beans, tomatoes, frozen corn mixture, and broth and bring to a boil for 5 minutes approximately. Add in the pasta and simmer for 9 minutes, uncovered. Add in 1/2 of the cilantro and stir until it blends in. Scoop into bowls, top with more cilantro and a dollop of yogurt. Season with extra s+p if you like.

*Note: If you don’t have ancho, you can add in another Mexican style spice. If you use chipotle use much less as it is quite a bit spicier. I would start with 1/4 tsp.

Kid Tip:
My kids are not fans (yet!) of soups, so I would strain some of the mixutre and top whole grain chips with, top with cheese and microwave for loaded nachos that they will love and that have a healthy component.

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  1. With the weather being so cold, I love finding new soups/stews to try… this sounds so good. And I especially love the “kid tip”…. great way to try and get my picky little girl to enjoy too!

  2. i love a good stoup. If I have soup it has to be chunky and this one definitely is!

  3. I find myself really wanting to dislike Rachael Ray, but I can’t help it, she won me over years ago with her 30 minute meals. I think her cheesiness is sort of adorable. This soup looks hearty and delicious. Yum-0!

  4. This is exactly the sort of thing I’d love to eat for dinner, then pack in my lunch the next day. Great comfort food!

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