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Black Bean Soup for Two

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.
  • Makes
    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


  • 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.
  • 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.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 314 calories, 8g fat (1g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 1419mg sodium, 43g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 10g fiber), 17g protein.

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  • jpflem
    Aug 21, 2014

    Soup looked nothing like the picture. Needed more beans and less tomato sauce. I prefer a less acidic soup so should have used diced tomatoes instead of sauce.

  • ksjewell
    Mar 16, 2013

    One of my favorite soups

  • Tinkermom_3
    Jan 2, 2012

    Great soup! I added 2 diced carrots, another can of black beans and a can of chicken broth (in addition to the beef broth). I wanted to stretch this to last for leftovers. I also slightly puréed the soup so it would be slightly thicker. Instead of adding the lime and Tabasco to the soup I served it with the soup, along with some sour cream, so that we could each add to our own taste.

  • kbussey
    Dec 19, 2011

    I like to make soup and take them to work for lunch. Glad this recipe only makes two serving. It smells wonderful cooking but the taste reminds me of something from a can. Hard to understand why this would be rated high or win anything.

  • Bratrattery
    Nov 21, 2011

    It was excellent, especially with crackers. Next time, however, I would add only 1 tsp of lime juice, not the called for 1-2 TBSP. I used 1 TBSP and it tasted strongly of lime- it wasn't as strong after the first few bites, but a little more lime flavor than I would have liked.

  • bmbadgley
    Oct 30, 2010

    I added leftover chicken that I roasted earlier in the week. My husband gives this two thumbs up!!! Will definitely make again!

  • partridge
    Nov 22, 2009

    Great soup. The lime was the addition that made it all the better. It's definatly a keeper

  • partridge
    Nov 17, 2009

    Great recipe. I especially liked the taste of lime in this soup.

  • cherylh
    Apr 6, 2009

    I exchanged the tomato sauce for diced tomatoes with green chilies and added a leftover grilled rib-eye steak, cut up, for a meat. Then I topped it with diced avocado and cheese. I didn't add any more heat with the pepper sauce. My husband crumbled up corn tortilla chips in it. It was wonderful. We will do it again!

  • fab60gold
    Feb 8, 2009

    This was, by far, the worst bean soup I have had. I think, probably that too much tomato sauce made far to acidic. Also I don,t know how much two people asre supposed to eat because this recipe made enough for at least four people.