Black Bean Soup with fresh cilantro

Canned beans make preparing this soup a cinch. The spices add great flavor, and pureeing a portion of the soup gives it a wonderful creamy consistency without adding any cream. Garnish with fat-free sour cream or Greek yogurt.

Serves: 6 (makes about 8 cups)

Ingredients:

Preparation:

Heat the oil in a 6-quart saucepan over medium-high heat until hot. Add the onion and sauté for 3 minutes. Add the carrots, red bell pepper, garlic, cumin, oregano, and chili powder and sauté for 3 minutes. Add the beans, stock, and V-8 juice and bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer, uncovered, for 20 minutes, or until the carrots are tender.

Allow the soup to cool slightly; then puree 3 cups of it in a blender or food processor (if you have an immersion blender this would be a great time to use it). Return the pureed soup to the saucepan, stir, and adjust the seasoning. Add the cilantro and optional garnish; then serve immediately.

Nutrition information per serving (Serving size 1 ⅓ cup): 208 calories, 11g protein, 5.3g fat, .4g sat fat, 0mg cholesterol, 30g carbs, 10g fiber, 599mg sodium

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