This soup is quick and easy to throw together, is full of vitamins and minerals, and is comprised wholly of ingredients I always have in my pantry (a major win in my books). It can be jazzed up with shredded cheese and sour cream or left plain and simple. The recipe makes a lot but it freezes well.
2 Tablespoons olive oil
1 onion, finely diced
4 carrots, sliced (approximately 1 cup)
1 sweet potato, finely diced (approximately 3 cups)
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1 x 796mL can diced tomatoes, with juice
2 x 540mL can black beans, drained and rinsed well
4 cups vegetable or chicken broth
salt and pepper to taste
Heat olive oil in large soup pot over medium high heat. Add onions, carrots, and sweet potatoes and cook until softened, 7 - 10 minutes.
Add garlic and cumin and cook, stirring constantly, for another minute or two.
Add tomatoes with their juice, beans, and broth. Bring to a boil and cook until vegetables are completely tender, anywhere from 5 - 15 minutes depending on how big you sliced your veg.
You can leave this soup as-is or you can blend all (or part) of it for a smoother consistency. I like to use my immersion blender and blend in quick bursts to end up with a sort of half-smooth-half-chunky consistency.
Serve with sour cream, shredded cheese, sliced green onions, fresh cilantro, lime wedges, hot sauce, etc. The sky's the limit.
Makes 8 servings.