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Black Bean Soup for Two Recipe

Black Bean Soup for Two Recipe

I cooked for two people for the first 7 years of my marriage. Today, I'm a stay-at-home mom with a toddler, but I still appreciate small-scale recipes. I like to serve this zesty soup with tortillas topped with melted cheese.—Wendy Anderson, Santa Rosa, California
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 5 min. Cook: 70 min. YIELD:2 servings


  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 can (15 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (14 ounces) vegetable or beef broth
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1/8 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
  • Pepper to taste


  • 1. In a large saucepan, saute onion and garlic in oil until tender. Stir in the cumin, oregano and chili powder; saute 2 minutes longer. Add the tomato sauce, beans, broth and bay leaf.
  • 2. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 45 minutes. Stir in lime juice; simmer 10-15 minutes longer. Discard bay leaf. Add pepper sauce and pepper. Yield: 2 servings.

Nutritional Facts

One 1-cup serving (prepared with reduced-sodium beef broth) equals 314 calories, 8 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 1,419 mg sodium, 43 g carbohydrate, 10 g fiber, 17 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 2 vegetable, 1 lean meat, 1 fat.