Black Bean Soup

Black Bean Soup (Panera Bread copycat recipe)
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Serves: 4 - 6
 
Ingredients
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 celery ribs, finely chopped
  • ¼ large red bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 2 small chicken bouillon cubes
  • 1 -1½ cup boiling chicken broth (or water)
  • 2 (15 ounce) cans black beans, undrained
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • ½ lemon, juice of
  • 1½ tablespoons cornstarch
Directions
  1. In a pot, combine the first six ingredients; simmer for 10 minutes.
  2. Add half a can of beans, salt and cumin; cook for 5 minutes.
  3. Puree soup (I use an immersion blender which makes it easy to do it right in the pot).
  4. Add the rest of the beans to the soup.
  5. Combine the cornstarch with 1½ tablespoons of water.
  6. Add the lemon and the cornstarch to the soup; cook until thickened.