Best Bean Soup Recipe …easy and delicious

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This is my favorite bean soup recipe. It's super tasty and easy to make; especially if you're a kid…kids love beans right? I generally use cannellini and black beans in this recipe, but you can use whatever beans you want. Sometimes I use great northern beans instead of cannellini. Ham or sausage is great in bean soup, too, and it doesn't have to be a lot; just a little meat adds great flavor to bean soup. If going meat free, be sure to add lots of spice and maybe an extra veggie or two…beans need all the excitement they can get.
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Bean Soup Recipe Ingredients:
1 15oz can BLACK BEANS
2 medium sized ONIONS chopped
4-5 cloves GARLIC finely chopped
some leftover SAUSAGE or HAM (cooked)
32 oz BROTH (or ½ water ½ broth)
a little HALF AND HALF if you want
(or use some other kinda heat)
SALT and PEPPER to taste
chopped PARSLEY if you want

Bean Soup Recipe Directions:
Heat 1 to 2 Tbsp of oil in a soup pot.
Add the onion and garlic and saute for several minutes.
If you've got fresh chili or jalapeno peppers, dice and add a little of that, too…if you want.
Add seasoning. I use salt, pepper, and chipotle powder in this recipe. Chipotle is awesome in bean soup. It adds great flavor
and a little heat. Don't have chipotle powder? Add chili powder or chili/garlic paste instead, or anything you like, soup is all about
Cook the spices and onions together for a few minutes and then add broth (meat or veggie broth, whatever, dude).
Toss in a bay leaf and bring the pot to a bubble.
Add in beans. I like to use a mix of cannellini and black beans.
If you have some sausage or ham on hand, chop and toss a little into the soup.
Reduce the heat down to a low simmer, cover and let cook 30-45 minutes.
After simmering, remove the bay leaf.
Use a hand blender to blend the soup to desired consistency.
I like to add a little half and half for added creaminess; not a lot, just a little does the trick, around ½ a cup.
Turn off the heat and stir in a little chopped parsley or cilantro, and that's it!
If you can make it a day ahead, all the better; soup only gets tastier with time!
Hope you love it!
Give Bean Soup recipe a try and let me know what you think, and bon appétit.

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