Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Black Beans and Carrot 'Pumpkin' Soup

This Black Beans and  Carrot 'Pumpkin' Soup is my second homemade soup this month, which definitely is a sign that the big winter coats, comfy hats and scarves need to come out from back of the wardrobes.   I would not mind the cold so much, its the wet drizzly weather that brings me down, especially when getting the bus to and fro work, and not all bus stops have bus shelters.

I had seen somewhere on blogosphere that someone had cut the carrots into pumpkin shapes, so I decided to have a go especially with Halloween just round the corner.
It is essentially a Black Bean soup with carrots.  You can blend the black beans or keep it chunky, its up to you.  I am sharing this with Soups, Salads and Sammies hosted by Kahakai Kitchen.  

Other Pumpkin shaped things on my blog
Autumnal Scones
Uchiki Kuri Squash Broccoli Pie
Golden Apple Squash Pancakes

Black Beans and Carrot 'Pumpkin' Soup 
Serves 6 - 8
250g Black Beans, soaked overnight

4 tablespoons vegetable oil
3 medium onions, finely sliced
4 cloves garlic, crushed
1 tablespoon ground cumin
2 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon ground coriander

1/2 teaspoon dried chilli flakes
4 medium carrots, peeled and quartered

1 x 400g can of tomatoes, chopped
Salt and pepper to taste
In a wide pan, cook beans in water until tender.  Drain and set aside.
In a saucepan, warm the oil on medium heat.  Add the onions and garlic and saute until the onions become soft. 
Stir in the cumin, oregano, coriander and season with salt and pepper to taste and cook for a few minutes for it to coat the oniony mixture.  

Then stir in the tomatoes, cook for 10 minutes until they have begun to disintegrate and break down.
Then stir in the carrots  and beans and cook until they begin to soften for 20 minutes.
If it seems a little dry, add a little water or liquid from the cooked beans. 
Taste and adjust the seasoning if necessary.
Blend all of it or half of it. 


  1. Living in Seattle, I certainly understand the wet and drizzly blues. I find walking the dog a lot less fun when I'm getting rained on. Your soup, though, would add cheer to any gloomy day. I wonder if I have the patience to cut the carrots into pumpkin shapes. Hope so!

  2. Loving this warming soup, and all the Autumn recipes! Like you, I hate the damp. I would much rather have it a little colder but bright and crisp!

  3. ...definitely making this soup...

    ~Have a lovely day!

  4. I think black beans may be my favourite beans (though it's a close run thing). I love the Halloween colours in that bowl. It would definitely cheer me up on an unlovely autumn day.

  5. That's so cute the way you cut the carrots - maybe will try it at home - would be great in a vegie platter -= all your pumpkin shaped food looks great

  6. A lovely seasonal soup. I'm visiting from Souper Sundays.

  7. Very cute and festive soup for the Halloween holiday. Love those pumpkin carrots! ;-)

    Thanks for sharing it with Souper Sundays this week.

  8. That soup (and ALL the pumpkiny things) look delicious!!!!


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