Saturday, November 21, 2015

One-Pot Black Bean and Bacon Soup

One pot dishes are my favorite.  The last thing I want to do on a chilly night is a lot of dishes.  Mostly I just want to curl up on the couch with a good book, so anything to simplify dinner is a must.  This soup is quick and easy, and the bacon and chipotle powder adds a nice richness to the soup.  

Don't skimp on your bacon.  High quality definitely makes a difference here,  and you will probably never go back to cheap bacon again.  Trust me, good bacon is worth the extra price.  


  • 6 slices of thick, high quality bacon*
  • 1/2 onion, sliced and each slice chopped in half
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 butternut squash, peeled and diced (you can also used a cooked squash)
  • 1 small shallot*
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 1 2/ cup canned or cooked black beans (drained and rinsed)*
  • 4 cups vegetable broth*
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/8 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  •  pinch of chipotle powder
*Creative Green Living recommends purchasing these ingredients as organic where available to avoid GMOs, pervasive pesticides and/or questionable farming practices.


  1. Take your 6 slices of raw bacon and chop them into small bite-sized pieces. Place them in a large stock pot, and cook with the onion and garlic powder for 5-7 minutes or so, until the bacon is crispy, and the onions are translucent. Remove from the stockpot and set aside.   
  2. Add your butternut squash, shallot and cumin to the pot and cook over medium-low heat for 10 -15 minutes, until the butternut squash can be pierced easily with a fork.  
  3. Add the black beans, broth and bay leaf.
  4. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes over medium-low heat.  
  5. After 15 minutes, add pepper, salt and chipotle powder.  
  6. Add the half the bacon and all the onions back to the pot, let the mixture heat for 1-2 minutes, then serve.  
  7. Garnish with sour cream and the other half of the bacon.  

About the Author: 

Landen runs Measure and Whisk, a cooking blog with a focus on real food. She is a firm believer that quality is superior to quantity, and prefers small amounts of good food over large quantities of cheap food. Deeply disappointed in cheap bacon, she prefers to buy $6 bacon less frequently. Because of this, she typically cooks vegetarian meals for her family.    

Her blog also features photos of her baby, Fox, and suggestions on how to live an eco-friendly and minimalist life, both in and out of the kitchen. Follow her on Pinterest and Instagram for beautiful food photos and pictures of baby Fox.

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