Black & Kidney Bean Soup

As its still rainy and cold outside I am straying into cosy time territory with a winter warmer style of soup. At about 250 calories a serving it is still filling as well as a great way to warm you up against the winter chill outside.

I love this soup, it looks just like what it is black beans. With some crusty sliced bread (77 calories for an average slice) or a crusty roll (160 calories per roll) its gorgeous

Serves: 4

Approximate Calories: 950 to 1010 (237 to 252 calories per serving – 1010 is with the dollop of sour cream)


  • 1 tablespoon of rapeseed oil (other types of oil will do)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 garlic clove (or a squeeze from a tube)
  • 1 teaspoon of ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon of oregano
  • 1 can of black beans (I like the Old El Paso black beans)
  • 1 can of kidney beans
  • 1 onion (any size, if you are like me make it large)
  • 2 large carrots
  • 1 stick of celery
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 tablespoons of red wine (this is optional)
  • 2 knorr beef stock pots or equivalents (use vegetable stick if you prefer)
  • Add hot water to (level 2 in the soupmaker the higher) or 1.2 litres in the pan


  • Put all ingredients in the soup maker and set to chunky or smooth.
  • Alternatively put all of the ingredients into the pan and bring to the boil, then simmer for 20 minute’s or so then blend when done until chunky or smooth.
  • For a thinner soup add more water for a thicker soup add less water.
  • Optional – Sour Cream with some coriander on top when serving.

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