sunshinekb17, this black bean soup is excellent! It's great over rice and very filling. I went with the optional ingredients (used light cream and cilantro rather than parsley). Great flavors even though it's quite simple to make. I tossed in a chopped bell pepper and some celery which I sauteed in the olive oil before adding the rest of the ingredients. Used chicken broth instead of water. I wasn't sure whether you meant fresh or dried oregano-- went with fresh since I had in on hand, and about 1 Tbsp was a good amount. This is going to be great for lunches this week. Thanks for posting!