Alright, friends. I know that it’s the second week of November, so I should be posting Thanksgiving recipes galore. But I’m not quite feeling the turkey and pumpkin pie cravings yet. So I decided to dedicate an entire week to another highly-requested topic on the blog:
5-ingredient soup recipes!!!
Ever since I posted my 5-Ingredient White Chicken Chili recipe, you all have (a) turned it into the highest-traffic recipe on the blog right now and (b) been emailing with requests for more recipes like it. So I decided to take the challenge and put on my “minimalist” ingredient hat and see if I could simplify five classic soups. It definitely took a bit of trial and error, but I’m happy to say that there are now five delicious 5-ingredient soups coming your way this week.
So I made it happen. And in 20 minutes, nonetheless. (Bonus!)
Can you guess the 5 ingredients?
I initially planned to make the soup using canned black beans (although you could substitute fresh if you plan ahead and soak them overnight), salsa, cumin, fresh cilantro and vegetable broth. But once I stirred in the first four ingredients and gave it a taste, I realized that the soup was actually nice and thick and well-seasoned even without the vegetable broth!
Granted, I used the entire cans of beans, including the liquid — which is simply water and salt and perfectly safe to eat (and a perfect thickener for soup!). But if you’re one of those folks who insists on draining your beans, hakuna matata. Just add in an extra cup of vegetable or chicken broth.
So since I still had an ingredient to spare, I added in a little bit of minced garlic, since I seem convinced (along with Monica on Friends) that everything tastes better with a little extra garlic. ;)
I will say, though, that the key ingredient to this soup is salsa that you really like. If you like spicy soup, add in some nice hot salsa. If you like milder, go mild. If you really like the tomatillo flavor, you can add in salsa verde.
In the name of a true 20-minute meal, I opted to use store-bought salsa. If anyone is looking for a recommendation, I love the national brand Herdez. Their “Caesera” salsa (available in mild, medium or hot) always work well in recipes, as well as my favorite of theirs — Chipotle. It’s probably the most widely-available brand that I like so far, and it’s also some of the most affordable.
All in all, this recipe turned out to be a delicious start to our 5 Ingredient Soup Week on the blog. Stay tuned for a new quick and easy recipe each day this week!
Such a brilliant idea!! So quick and easy! It was good the first time I made it but I added a little broth and toppings (tortilla chips, avocado and Greek yogurt) and it put it over the moon. Will definitely be a go-to meal.
Tried this so delicious!
I made a batch of this to have for lunch throughout the week. It’s budget friendly, healthy, quick, and delicious! I got 4 good sized portions out of this recipe. The salsa really makes this soup, so use your favorite with any heat level you prefer.
This recipe was awesome! It was super easy, cheap & a crowd pleaser! I served it with cheese quesadillas.
I love this recipe! Can the leftovers be frozen?
Yes! 🙌 Tastes just as delicious when you unfreeze :)
Can’t begin to work out how often I’ve made this soup in the last eight years – it’s perfect as a quick freezer batch cook and has been there for some of our hardest and most important moments. Moving house? 5-ingredient black bean soup to keep us going in delicious style as we do the box unpacking. Full house reno? Black bean soup to see us through the ‘I-only-have-a-microwave-for-two-months phase. Having a baby? Fill up the freezer beforehand so we don’t have to worry about lunches through the sleep deprivation. Between this and your other 5-ingredient recipes, you have been a life saver, which is weird given how much I usually hate repeating recipes. I still look forward to this one time and again, though! I take my time to decide on a recipe rating (lol) but this one fully deserves the five stars!