Easy Black Bean Soup with Cold Pack Garnish

Servings: 4


3 cups homemade or canned chicken broth, divided
1 cup Spanish onions (1 medium onion), diced
1 large garlic clove, minced
1 16-ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
1/3 cup prepared Mexican tomato-based salsa
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
4 tablespoons cilantro, chopped, divided
Salt to taste
1/2 cup Wisconsin jalapeño cheese OR Wisconsin sharp cheddar cold pack cheese

Cooking Directions:

Heat 1/2 cup broth with onions and garlic in deep saucepan. Simmer, covered, 4 to 5 minutes. Add remaining broth, black beans, salsa and cumin. Bring to boil; reduce heat and simmer soup, partially covered, for 20 to 25 minutes. Puree half the soup in blender of food processor. Add back to pan with remaining soup. Add 3 tablespoons cilantro and heat. Salt to taste.

Meanwhile, mix remaining cilantro with the cold pack in small bowl. Ladle soup into four bowls and top each with a portion of the cheese.

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