I know, I know—
It’s August and I live in Florida and it’s melt-your-face-off hot…
It’s just going to keep being melt-your-face-off hot…for at least another month-and-a-half.
Who on Earth wants soup this time of year & this close to the equator?!
Yeah, me. Hmph. What can I say, I’m odd and I’ve begun my usual pining for cooler weather; sentiments accompanying the arrival of each late summer.
I can’t say I’m completely ready for summer to be over… but I’m certainly ready to be in the autumn mindset. I’ve bought two new sweaters, been daydreaming about apple season, and conspiring with a friend about taking a road trip to find fall foliage. *Sigh*
That’s okay…I’ll just have to wait. In the meantime, I may as well keep it cool in the house, eat soup, and use my imagination. And I can’t really complain – after all, this soup delicious. Period. No matter what season.
Fire Roasted Tomato & Black Bean Soup
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 (15 oz.) can organic black beans, drained and rinsed
- 2 (15 oz.) cans organic fire roasted diced tomatoes, with their juices (I used one can of no-salt-added and one can with roasted garlic)
- 1 stalk celery, finely diced
- 1 red bell pepper, seeded and finely diced
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1/3 cup finely diced red onion
- 1/2 cup frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained (could also use 1 cup of fresh spinach)
- 2 cups + 4 tablespoons water
- 1 ½ teaspoons dried Italian herb spice blend (heaping)
Heat olive oil over medium-high heat in a small (3.5 qt.) Dutch oven. Once oil is hot, add celery, red onion, red bell pepper, and garlic. Cook on until tender and until onion is translucent (about 7 minutes) with occasional stirring. Add spice blend and 4 tablespoons water, one tablespoon at a time, then continue to cook about 5 minutes more with stirring.
Reduce heat to medium and add tomatoes and their juices. Add spinach and stir. Allow to simmer for 5 minutes and then add black beans. Add 2 cups water, one at a time, and simmer over medium-low heat for another 15 to 20 minutes.
Even my color choices say I’m done with this heat. Ugh. ;)