Panera Copy Cat Black Bean Soup

I absolutely love Panera, and their black bean soup is one of my favorites.  This recipe comes very close to theirs; it's easy to make and completely delicious.  Serve it with some crusty bread and a green salad for a nice fall dinner.


  • 1 Medium Onion, small dice
  • 2 Cloves of Garlic, minced
  • 2 stalks of Celery, finely chopped
  • ¼ Red Bell Pepper, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 2 Cups Chicken Broth (more or less as needed)*
  • 2 Cans Black Beans (15 oz), rinsed
  • 1 tsp Ground Cumin
  • ½ tsp Red Pepper Flakes
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • about 1 tsp Lemon Juice (optional)

*I really love Superior Touch's No Chicken Base.  We have it at the store and I use it all the time when making rice or soups.  It's also much more economical than buying canned or boxed broth, and it's vegetarian too!

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