Creamy Black Bean Potato Soup

Where I work, there’s an individual who has a special dietary need where he can only have foods that have been pureed. For some meals, pureeing the food is just gross. But it has to be done! Today is this person’s birthday, so I decided to create him this soup from scratch. Although there are chunks in it, it is easily pureed and the flavours are all supposed to be blended together.

This recipe will yield about 8 servings, depending on the serving size.

For this recipe you will need:

4 potato patties

4 baking potatoes

6 cups 2% milk

2 cups mozarella cheese, shredded

1 cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded

1 tbsp salt

2 tbsp ground pepper

1 tbsp crushed basil

1 red onion, finely chopped

1 19oz can of black beans

Preparation:

To make this recipe a lot easier to do, I’ve decided I’m going to cook everything before hand to avoid the long wait times. So, before starting:

Sautee the finely chopped red onion, and set aside.

Boil the potatoes until they are soft and then drain. Once drained, coarsley mash and set to the side.

Cut up the potato patties into the pot of coarsley mashed potatoes. I literally used scissors to cut them up. It was easy.(we have food scissors at work!)

Drain and rinse your can of beans, and then in a pot of water bring to a boil. Turn the heat down and let simmer for about 10 minutes, just to soften up the beans.

Step 1:

Whisk together the flour and milk in a large pot. Put on stovetop and cook at medium heat until mixture is thick, and slightly bubbling. No need to stir.

Step 2:

Add the mashed potatoes and potato patty cubes, cheese, salt, pepper, basil and garlic. Stir the mix until the cheese melts and then remove pot from heat.

Step 3:

Stir in the beans and red onion. Stir in the sour cream. Place back on low heat and let it cook for 10 more minutes, stirring occasionally, and DO NOT let it come to a boil.

Voila!

Here’s my bowl I ate right after making it- yes we use plastic bowls at work.

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You can garnish each serving any way you’d like, bacon is a really nice addition!

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