Vegan Black Bean Soup With Cilantro

"Wow, this is one of the best soup recipes I've ever made! I got this from and it's absolutely fantastic. I love having this with locally made tortilla chips as opposed to bread or crackers."
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Ready In:
1hr 45mins




  • In a large soup pot, bring water, beans, and bay leaves to a boil, reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer, covered, until the beans are tender, about 1 hour.
  • In a pan over medium heat, heat the olive oil and add cumin seeds, garlic, onions, and carrots. Sauté, stirring occasionally, for about 5 minutes, or until the vegetables begin to soften.
  • Remove the bay leaves from the beans. Add the sautéed vegetables to the beans and add cauliflower, bell pepper, and sun-dried tomatoes. Add more water if needed, to cover by at least 1 inch. Continue to simmer for around 20 minutes, until the cauliflower is tender.
  • Stir in cilantro and salt to taste.
  • Either leave the soup chunky, or use an immersion blender (or a couple cups of soup in a blender) and purée until desired consistency.

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  1. I cooked this for my son and me. He usually gulps down any soup I put in front of him, but both of us really disliked this soup. I was really disappointed with it. Flavor-wise it just wasn't exciting, despite the interesting ingredients.
  2. Another 5 stars for this fabulous soup! I especially love the richness of the sundried tomatoes. I did omit the cilantro, which isn't my favorite herb. As the last reviewer suggested, I made it with your pull-apart garlic bread. A meal to be repeated many times! Thank you!
  3. This soup was outstanding! Full-bodied and full flavored...this soup was very good. It smells so nice while cooking and almost everyone went back for seconds. I will happily make this again and again. PAC 2007. Thanks, tendollarwine. Keep those recipes coming. (:


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