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Easy Black Bean Soup

Yield: 6 cups Prep 5 mins Start to Finish 30 mins


  • 2 tablespoons  olive oil
  • 8 ounces  cooked ham steak, cut into a 1/4-inch dice
  • 1 cup  chopped white onion plus 1/4 cup sliced white onion for garnish
  • 3 15 ounce cans black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 cups  chicken broth
  • 2 cups  water
  • 1 cup  chopped cilantro plus sprigs for garnish


1. Heat oil in a 4- to 5-quart pot over moderately high heat until hot but not smoking and cook ham, stirring occasionally until golden, about 4 minutes. Add onion and continue to cook until onion is softened, about 2 minutes longer. Stir in beans, broth, water, and cilantro and bring to a simmer. Simmer soup, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes.

2. Transfer 1 cup of soup to a blender and puree until smooth. Return puree to pot with soup, stirring to combine. Season with pepper to taste. Serve soup in bowls garnished with sliced onion and cilantro sprigs.

Nutrition Facts

  • cal.(kcal)225,
  • Fat, total(g)8,
  • chol.(mg)17,
  • sat. fat(g)2,
  • carb.(g)23,
  • fiber(g)6,
  • pro.(g)16,
  • sodium(mg)1084,
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet