Sally's Recipe Of The Week: Instant Pot Black Bean Soup

Instant Pot Black Bean Soup

So Mo gave me and Instant Pot for Christmas and I am obsessed! This is the first dish I've made in it but it won't be the last!  If you are not familiar with an Instant Pot Click Here. No I'm not a paid endorser of this product but I wish I was! This is a recipe that came with the Instant Pot.  
Note my tweaks at the end.

If you don't have an Instant Pot or you have no desire to have one, this soup can be made with canned beans and less broth. The flavor is good!

Here is what you will need:

1 1/2 cups of dried black beans that have been soaked overnight, rinsed and drained.
1 TBS olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic
5 cups vegetable broth
2 TBS cumin
1/2 to 1 tsp chipotle powder
1 bay leaf
2 TBS dried oregano
salt and pepper to taste
Toppings of your choice: cilantro, sour cream, scallions

Chop up your onion and mince garlic.

Set the Instant Pot on the Saute setting and add oil.  When oil is hot, add onion and season with salt.
If using a pot, heat the oil over medium heat.

When the onions become soft, add garlic, chipolte and cumin. Stir for about a minute.

Add in the broth, beans and oregano and stir well. 

Toss in the bay leaf. (I only had dried bay leafs and they were small so I used several.)

Lock the lid in place and turn the steam valve to "sealed" Put the pot on manual setting to 7 minutes.
When the 7 minutes are up, let the steam come down naturally.
If you are using a regular pot, this is where you would bring the soup up to a boil, then turn down to a simmer, cover and cook until the beans are tender, or use rinsed canned black beans.

When the beans are done don't forget to remove the bay leaf! Then you can use a potato masher and mash some of the beans. Taste and season with salt if necessary. 

Here is the final result.  I like my bean based soups a bit thicker so I made another batch, this time I used less broth and cooked the beans longer. I also put half of the finished soup in a food processor. Then added that back to the pot.

I served the soup over a bed of rice and topped with salsa and sour cream. If I had cilantro I would have used that too!   

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