Smoky Vegan Black Bean Soup recipe from scratch with earthy comforting tones from smoked paprika, carrots, celery and bay leaves. A simple plant based soup or stew, no ham, no bones, no bacon, totally cruelty free made with only clean and wholesome ingredients. Simply the Best!
3.5 cups dry black beans (soak them in cold water for 6 hours)
1 yellow onion diced
2 carrots cut into 1/2 inch rounds
2 ribs celery diced
3 leaves bay
2 tbsp sweet smoked paprika
1 tbsp onion powder
1 tsp garlic powder
2 tbsp nutritional yeast optional
1 pinch red pepper flakes
9-10 cups water
smoked applewood sea salt taste
2 limes for serving
1/2 cup fresh cilantro for garnish
Rinse and soak your black beans for six hours. Drain.
Preheat your large heavy bottom cast iron pot over medium low heat. Add the onion, carrots, celery and red pepper flakes and sautee in a drizzle of olive oil until softened and the veggies start to get a little color around the edges. (Use a splash of water instead of oil for WFPB + Plantricious compliance).
Add the soaked beans to the pot together with the water and bay and bring to a simmer. Stir in the smoked paprika, onion and garlic powder. Cover with a tight lid and cook on low heat for about one hour. Make sure the pot is at a constant simmer. Stir a couple of times during cooking to make sure nothing sticks and check your brans at the 45 minute mark.
Once the texture of the beans is perfectly soft and creamy but the beans still hold their shape add the nutritional yeast. Season to taste with the smoked applewood sea salt at this point and extra red pepper flakes for heat.
Remove the lid and continue simmering if you like to reduce the soup at this point. Or If you prefer a thinner soup at this point feel free to add a little bit more water or veggie broth but not too much. (Also keep in mind that sometimes beans take longer sometimes less time to achieve that perfect texture so it’s important to keep an eye on them).
Serve hot garnished with fresh tomato salsa, cilantro, avocado and a squeeze of fresh lime. Pairs well with a chunk of crusty bread, potato flatbread or crispy tortilla chips.
WFPB + Plantricious
To make your beans compliant just make sure to saute your veggies in water or veggie broth and omit all oil. Alternatively you can dump all the ingredients in one pot and cook away until done.