1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 cup onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 seeded jalapeno chile pepper, optional
1 15 oz. can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 cup water or broth, veg. or chicken
2 tablespoons cilantro leaves, chopped salt and pepper, to taste GARNISHES, optional
Heat olive in a medium saucepan. Add onion, garlic and jalapefio pepper and saute for a few minutes. Add beans and broth..
Cook a few minutes to blend flavors. Add cilanto leaves.
Puree the soup with a hand-held blender, partially leaving some whole beans for texture, or pour half the soup into a blender, puree and add back to the soup pot.
Seaason with salt and pepper, to taste.
Ladle the soup into bowls and serve with garnishes, if desired.
NOTE: Garnish with more cilantro leaves raw onion, shredded cheese, diced tomato and/or a dollop of sour cream.