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What an amazing dinner made out of basically just beans!! So much flavor. I used chicken broth instead of the bouillon and accidentally forgot the garlic, but it still came out great. I also used 1/4 of an orange bell pepper and 1/4 of a yellow bell pepper (had them left over from another meal), didn't add the salt (you get plenty from the cans of beans) and wow! I'm so impressed. For one thing, I was glad the cumin wasn't overpowering; also, I taste tested it before adding the lemon juice (you never know if you might like it better without) and it was good, BUT! added the lemon juice and IT WAS GREAT! We had ours with whole wheat bread and butter on the side. Mmm. Thanks so much!!

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kindcook March 08, 2015

I've been making this soup for years and have finally gotten around to giving it the kudos it deserves. I have neighbors and friends who ask for this soup! The only thing I do different is double the cumin (because it is my fav), add about 1/4 tsp of chili powder, and a dash of cayenne chili powder. Also, I puree 6-8oz of salsa and add it to the soup prior to the last add of beans. I have never had to thicken it with the cornstarch. That's my version. But even made exactly as written, it is a 5 star recipe! : )

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Chefambie March 03, 2015

I was really craving some Panera Bread black bean soup, and this was perfect! I used vegetable stock rather than chicken and didn't use cornstarch. If you don't use cornstarch I would suggest 1 cup of water, not 1 and 1/2..... I will definitely make again!!!! <br/><br/>P.s. I just threw all of my ingredients into a soup maker, worked great.

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CaitlinLaTane January 23, 2015

I made it as described, next time I'll try to add carrots instead of corn starch. Otherwise a nice soup.

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Esther in Atlanta, GA December 10, 2014

Very good and easy to make. If you don't have lemon juice, I wouldn't rush out and get it for this recipe. I didn't really think it belonged in this recipe. It didn't ruin it, but I could detect it right away and was wondering why it was there. I also threw in about 1/4 cup of salsa to kick it up a notch. My husband said I could make it anytime I wanted. That's a winner in my book. He's normally pretty picky and wouldn't be caught dead eating black bean soup. It's been years since I've had Panera's version of this soup so I can't attest to any similarity.

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skoc50 November 18, 2014

Thank you for sharing this recipe! I forgot to add the celery but it still came out good and everyone loved it

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liliv.2014 October 13, 2014

Truly amazing! I LOVE black bean soup. This is the only recipe I have found that I will make over and over again. I over salted a bit but other than that this is a keeper.

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LilMissMolly October 05, 2014

So this isn't identical to Panera's black bean soup, but it's still REALLY good. Made it for football Sunday with some grilled sandwiches. It was the perfect meal for a fall day. We'll be making this one again!

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whtbxrmom September 21, 2014

I doubled the recipe, used the lemon, increased the cumin, and added a small can of diced tomatoes with chiles. Yummo!

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Cindy F. June 11, 2014

Absolutely loved this!! My mom's neighbor came over while I was making this and she took the recipe home too. Everyone enjoyed!

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Pardisb March 23, 2014
(Panera Bread) Black Bean Soup