Friday, July 29, 2011

Black Bean Zucchini Soup

If you like soup, this is a recipe for you. If you dislike zucchini, this is also a recipe for you. (This is where you need to know just how much time I spend on y'all, making sure that EVERYONE is happy!) And this is also where I thank hubby's boss for supplying me with the abundance below.

Actually, zucchini is kind of a non-taste vegetable. It is nicely loaded with nutrients, but it really brings little to the table as a stand alone vegetable as far as taste is concerned. However, it's a real sucker for soaking in other flavors and that makes it a perfect vegetable to add into a soup or casserole just to add nutrition. (Here I'm putting on my boxing gloves for all you people who INSIST that vegetables be liked for what they are and are against hiding them in other dishes.) I'm sorry, but I think certain foods are meant to be blenders, binders, and taste bud bloomers instead of being stand alone foods. (You don't make your kids eat plain garlic, do you????) Zucchini falls into that category for me. It blends into the background nicely while picking up the flavors that are intended to star in your recipe. There is absolutely no point in making your toddler "enjoy" zucchini by itself, when you can put it in something else that they really do enjoy. Shredded zucchini can be added to everything from muffins, to pancakes, to soup, to casseroles, to burgers, to ..... Infinity And Beyond. Buzz Lightyear likes to freeze his shredded zucchini in quart or gallon-sized bags and then make Mr.& Mrs. Potato Head zucchini fritters for their anniversary. But I digress...

Black Bean Zucchini Soup

1 medium onion, coarsely chopped
1 carrot, 1" dice
2 medium zucchini, 1" slice
1 red bell pepper, seeded, coarsely chopped
4 cloves garlic, peeled and smashed
salt and pepper
a pinch of crushed red pepper flakes
2 1/2 cups tomato juice
4 cups chicken stock
1 TBSP cumin
2 tsp Mexican oregano
2 tsp chili powder
2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
3 (15 ounce) cans black beans, drained and rinsed

OPTIONAL: one container Secret Ingredient (found in your grocery store in the dairy section by the sour cream and chip dips)

In large soup pot combine all ingredients except OPTIONAL. Bring to a boil and let simmer until all veggies are tender, about 30-40 minutes. Remove from heat and in batches, puree soup in blender. Return soup to pot and stir in Secret Ingredient if desired.

18 comments:

Rosemary & Garlic said...

How does the secret ingredient fit into THE DIET? I am back on Weight Watchers myself.

Mags @ the Other Side of 50 said...

Anne Marie: dang it, I knew somebody would call me on that. Actually, the amount of the secret ingredient per serving isn't too much and since I didn't use any other fat, I absolved myself from that diet sin.

jrmom said...

OH this sounds fabulous!!! Will be making this tomorrow...thank you!!

June said...

Wow - this looks delicious Mags and you know we love the secret ingredient! I'm so with you on the uses for zucchini - it really is a "non" kinda' like eggplant.

myfort said...

Just wondering what it would taste like not being pureed? I'm a chewer by trait and don't enjoy soup without chunks. What is your thought? Hope all is well with you.

Mags @ the Other Side of 50 said...

Nancy: I think it would work to make the soup without the black beans, puree it, and then add the beans.

Carolyn said...

Since I follow you on Google, I don't know how I missed that you were posting again. Just wanted to say I am glad to see it and so glad to hear that you are doing well!

Velva said...

Soup sounds delightful to me. I think this is a great way to use zucchini (its like a gift that seems to never stop giving in the summer.)

Very healthy. No doubt delicious.

Velva

Laurie@The Baking Bookworm said...

Sounds great, Mags. I'm a total sucker for soup any time o year. So comforting! And I agree with your take on zucchini. While I love eating it and cooking with it, it's not the star of the show but a great supporting character!!

Shelby said...

Love the secret ingredient!

The Mom Chef said...

I think this looks awesome and I've adored the French onion dip version of your secret ingredient for years. Unfortunately, no matter how it's masked, Dudette's zucchini spidey-senses work too well and it's impossible for me to get the vegetable by her. Curses, foiled again.

The Fajdich Times said...

Soup sounds wonderful! Enjoy your week:)

stephchows said...

ooo this is perfect I have about 1 dozen of those bad boys sitting on my counter from our CSA! love the secret ingredient... and buzz reference :)

Sue/the view from great island said...

This looks great, especially since the zucchini are forming a log jam in my fridge. Looks pretty healthy, too, the 'secret ingredient' notwithstanding!

Debbie said...

Oh this sounds wonderful. A great soup!

saltandserenity said...

Yum, I'd like to eat zucchini fritters with Mr and Mrs Potato Head. Soup looks great.

Karen (Back Road Journal) said...

A great way to get vegetables into the diet of a non vegetable eater. I think you could turn this into a good chili as well and really fool them.

Figs and Artichokes said...

I have never come across your secret ingredient before. When I go to the store tomorrow I will see if it is there. I happen to really like zucchini so this recipe speaks to me!