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Grande Falcone’s Black Bean Soup

When black bean soup is good, it’s really good.  When it’s not, it’s totally forgettable. I’ve had enough good black bean soup to drive me through a few forgettable recipes.

I threw this one together last weekend, and Christy and I agree that it’s a winner!

It’s simple and easy, healthy and bursting with flavor.  And as with all good bean-based soups, it’s just as good heated up tomorrow or the next day as it was fresh out of the pot today.  Enjoy!


Black Bean Soup



  • 3 cans black beans (drained)
  • 1 can chicken broth
  • 1 can small diced tomatoes (drained)
  • 1-1 ½ cup diced onion
  • 1 small green bell pepper, diced
  • 2 celery stalks, diced
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • ¼ tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • ¼ – ½ tsp garlic powder
  • 1 meaty ham bone
  • 1/2 tsp parsley flakes


  • Sautee onions, green peppers, & minced garlic in olive oil over med-high heat for a couple minutes until a little soft
  • Add remaining ingredients & bring to a boil
  • Reduce heat, and simmer 30 minutes to 1 hour, until beans reach desired tenderness.

Makes approximately 8 servings


3 comments on “Grande Falcone’s Black Bean Soup

  1. rahbyrt
    January 13, 2011

    Ham bone. Nice touch. I lived in the Caribbean for three years and had a number of black bean soup/stew/dip encounters. While black bean soup hasn’t reached the heights of chili or BBQ in the US, there was a rivalry of-sorts as to whether Puerto Rico or Cuba could lay claim as the originator of black bean soup. Never had one with a ham bone, though, but it makes perfect sense. Beans, be they black, baked or otherwise, seem to go well with pork parts. My question: Since you don’t bed your black bean soup with rice, what bread would you recommend? (I’m thinking about a mildly-peppered cornbread with real butter)

  2. Steve McCormack
    January 13, 2011

    You lived in the Caribbean for a while? We’ll have to discuss that next time we meet!

    As for your question . . . I’m actually lying low on carbs these days, so we paired it with nothing. It stood well by itself; however, it would go perfectly well on a bed of rice or with some cornbread — or both.

  3. jdsmfgrep
    January 18, 2011

    I printed this and will try it the next time we have a ham bone available. My stomach is already making hunger noises just reading this. I also like the idea of some homemade cornbread….yum! Thanks for sharing.

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