An easy from-scratch black bean soup made with dried beans in the Instant Pot. This recipe makes enough for dinner and lunch throughout the week, or freeze the extra for the future.
Rinse and pick through the dried beans to check for rocks and misshapen beans. Set aside to drain.
Prepare all vegetables (chopping, mincing) before turning Instant Pot on to Saute.
Once hot, add the olive oil to the Instant Pot. Add the chopped vegetables, sprinkle with a few pinches of salt, and sauté for a few minutes until beginning to soften and sweat.
Add the cumin, paprika, and oregano. Stir for just a minute to bring out the flavors in the spices.
Press the Cancel button on the Instant Pot.
Splash in some of the broth and make sure nothing is stuck to the bottom of the insert (this is an important step to avoid the burn notice)--use a wooden spoon to remove any bits stuck to the bottom of the pot. Add the black beans, broth, tomatoes, bay leaves, and salt. Stir to combine.
Lock the lid and set to Manual, High Pressure for 30 minutes. Make sure the valve on top of the lid is set to Sealed.
Once the cooking cycle ends, let the pressure naturally release from the pot for 20 minutes, then carefully release the remaining pressure from the pot.
Taste the soup and add more salt, if needed. The amount you add will depend on if your broth was salted as well as the tomatoes. Tasting is the key to salting your food well.
For a thick and creamy soup, blend the soup with an immersion blender to desired texture. Or use a slotted spoon to remove some beans (about 2-3 cups) to a tabletop blender and puree. Add the pureed beans back to the pot.
Stir in frozen corn, if desired.
Serve with sour cream, shredded cheese, cilantro, sliced green onions, avocado, a squeeze of lime, tortilla strips, etc.
Store leftovers in the fridge for up to 4 days, or freeze.
This recipe is suited for the Instant Pot and dried beans. If you'd like to use (cooked) canned beans on the stove-top, I recommend this black bean soup recipe from Cookie and Kate.
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Recipe by Live Simply | https://livesimply.me/instant-pot-black-bean-soup/