Emilie’s Favorite Black Bean Soup & New Cookbook

Emilie's Favorite Black Bean Soup & New Cookbook by Supper With Michelle

When I found out that I would be reviewing Emilie’s cookbook “A Clever Cookbook“, which is now available on Amazon, I was beyond elated!

I don’t remember how I found Emilie’s blog, “A Clever Carrot” so many moons ago, but I instantly became a fan. So much of a fan, that I ventured off to the world of Instagram to see if she had an account on there, and to my surprise she did!

The thing is, for some reason, the type of dishes that Emilie creates, reminds me of myself, or at least the type of things that I like to create and enjoy eating on the norm. So when I started flipping through the pages of her beautifully photographed and written cookbook, there presented the problem. Yes problem, because I thought to myself, what in the woooorld do I want to cook first?!?

And did I mentioned that Emilie was a finalist in the Saveur Blog Awards for 2015? Yep, for best photography, and rightfully so because her imagery is beautiful!!

Anyway, after being so torn on what to cook first, I decided to cook and share with you all, Emilie’s recipe for her Favorite Black Bean Soup. And goodness is it good! I will also include the recipe for her Mexican Spice Blend that is needed for the flavorful soup as well.

Emilie’s Mexican Spice Blend (makes 1/2 cup)

This blend is sightly spicy, not too salty and perfectly zesty for Mexican and Tex-Mex recipes.


2 tsp  (6 g) Coarse Salt
2 tsp  (4 g) Cumin
Pinch of Cayenne Pepper
2 tbsp  (15 g) Chili Powder
1 tbsp  (7 g) Sweet Smoked Paprika
1 tbsp  (8 g) Garlic Powder
1 tbsp  (7 g) Onion Powder
1 tbsp  (3 g) Dried Oregano

Add all of the ingredients to a small mixing bowl. Whisk thoroughly to combine. Store in an airtight container or mason jar, label and date. It will last 6 months to 1 year stored in a cool, dry place.

TIP: If you have time, lightly toast any “vintage” spices in a dry pan to revitalize their flavors. It will only take a minute or two.


Emilie's Favorite Black Bean Soup & New Cookbook by Supper With Michelle

Emilie’s Favorite Black Bean Soup


Serves 4 – 6

2 tbsp. (30 ml) Olive Oil
1 cup (150 g) Diced Onions
1/2 cup (65 g) Diced Carrots
1/2 cup (50 g) Diced Celery
1 Clove of Garlic, Grated
1 tbsp. (8 g) Mexican Spice Blend
1/2 tsp Cumin
6 cups (1 kg) cooked Black Beans, Rinsed and Drained
(or substitute with four 15-ounce (425 – g) cans of beans)

4 cups of  (1L) Triple-Duty Chicken Stock, plus more as needed
(I substituted with Vegetable Stock to make this Vegetarian and Vegan Friendly)

1 cup (150 g) Cherry Tomatoes, Halved
1/4 cup (15 g) Roughly Chopped Cilantro or Parsley
Coarse Salt and Freshly Ground Black Pepper

Pickled Jalapenos
1 Juicy Lime, cut into wedges
Handful of Cilantro or Parsley Leaves


In a large heavy-bottom pot, warm the olive oil over medium heat. Sauté the
onions. carrots and celery until soft. about 3-5 minutes. Add the garlic. Mexican Spice Blend and cumin, and stir until fragrant. 30 seconds. It will smell delicious.

Add the black beans and chicken stock (I used Vegetable stock). Bring the soup to a gentle boil and reduce the heat to low. Simmer uncovered for about 20-30 minutes or until the vegetables are tender.

Meanwhile. slice your cherry tomatoes in half. Add them to the pot during the last 10 minutes of cooking to hold their shape.

Puree a small portion of the soup, mostly beans, to give the soup a creamy texture. Use a handheld stick blender if you have one, or do this in your food processor  blender. My preference is to puree about one-third of the soup, for a rustic-style texture.

Stir in your chopped cilantro (or parsley). Taste and season with salt and pepper.

Ladle your soup into bowls and top with pickled jalapenos. Drizzle a spoonful of juice from the jar over your soup for extra flavor. Top with lime wedges and cilantro (or parsley) leaves.

Emilie's Favorite Black Bean Soup & New Cookbook by Supper With Michelle

Now, to be entered in for a chance to win a copy of Emilie’s cookbook, “The Clever Cookbook”  (open to US residents only), comment below telling me one of your favorite cookbooks of all time and why. One winner will be selected randomly on February 25.

Emilie's Favorite Black Bean Soup & New Cookbook by Supper With Michelle

Good luck everyone and thanks for visiting! I certainly hope you enjoy this recipe/cookbook as much as I do. If you decide to make this dish or any others from her awesome cookbook, post them via Instagram… and remember to tag it #theclevercookbook , so Emilie and I can see your beautiful creations! 

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    February 18, 2016 at 11:50 am

    Great giveaway!
    I love Deborah Madison's New Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone. It is consistently good, full of fresh new ideas, and full of different types of food. Love it!

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    Emilie @ The Clever Carrot
    February 18, 2016 at 4:42 pm

    Perfection! You know, I was thinking about this the other day: you picked THE BEST name for a blog. You know why? Because everything you make I want to eat (and I'm not just saying that bc this is my recipe, btw). Supper at Michelle's house, I'm there! Seriously.

    This soup looks absolutely incredible. It's so sharp and vibrant- just love it. You are one talented lady. And thank you for making me so darn proud! xo

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    Lisa Howie
    February 18, 2016 at 9:50 pm

    A “homemade one” that was given to me as a wedding gift by a dear friend. My husbands favorite dish still comes from it!

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    February 19, 2016 at 1:25 am

    My favorite cookbook is “Cooking for a Cure”, a cookbook created/published by my co-workers to raise funds for our American Caner Society Relay for Life team. I'm a proud survivor.

    I can't wait to make this soup, I love black beans! Thanks 🙂

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    Traci | Vanilla And Bean
    February 19, 2016 at 4:06 pm

    Delicious Michelle! This is another favorite of mine too… there're so many! Beautifully photographed and shared my dear! My favorite cookbook… isn't really a cookbook per se… The Vegetarian Flavor Bible is one I turn to again and again to help me pull ingredients together for a recipe. I have so many favorites, and Emilie's is my new fav. What's your's?

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    February 22, 2016 at 3:24 pm

    Thanks so much Megan!! Oh yes! I'm familiar with that one. She provided sooo much information in there! And I agree! A lot of different ideas. Thank you for sharing and visiting! 🙂

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    February 22, 2016 at 3:35 pm

    Thanks so much Emilie! Haha! So cute…you and the family are welcome any time! I brought your cookbook to work and they loved it! One even downloaded a copy on her phone…which was so sweet. And she's made several of your recipes just this week!

    You've created such a beautiful cookbook. And made it so easy for the everyday person, to make a great meal!

    And it's so inspiring for me, because I'm working on my own eBook, so I can see first hand how much time is involved in this process. It is not easy…to say the least.

    Anyway, thanks again for allowing me to share your awesome recipe… <3

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    February 22, 2016 at 3:36 pm

    Awww….that's so sweet. Those are truly the best recipes. Thanks so much for sharing. <3 🙂

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    February 22, 2016 at 3:49 pm

    Oh wow! Thank you Jeanna for sharing! That's really awesome. I will definitely check that one out! And I think you'll enjoy the recipe…! 🙂

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    February 22, 2016 at 3:56 pm

    Awww…thanks so much Traci! I agree! Sooooo many, and it was hard to choose one, I could have posted so many more. But Alex and I both really enjoyed this one. And I will definitely look into The Vegetarian Flavor Bible…sounds like I need to add that my collection. 🙂 Emilie's is definitely a new fav of mine. And Heidi Swanson's “Super Natural Cooking” and Super Natural Everyday” are my long time favs. I could practically live just off of her meals…and not to mention the beautiful photography in all of her books.

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    February 24, 2016 at 8:07 am

    I'm a big fan of Sprouted Kitchen. I love the simplicity and the beautiful natural style of the pictures. Her Bowl and Spoon book is next on my list to get, but this Clever Cookbook may change my mind!

    Can't wait to try out this recipe! I love soups!

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    February 25, 2016 at 6:31 pm

    Oh yes!! I have both of those, and I totally agree! Love them both…and their/her blog as well. Thanks so much for sharing. Either way…you won't be disappointed. 🙂

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    February 25, 2016 at 7:32 pm

    I love my church cookbooks! And branching out to try new recipes from blogs

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    February 25, 2016 at 7:44 pm

    Although I get a lot of recipes online now, I'd have to say the Ultimate Southern Living Cookbook is one I go to for many favorites. I'd love to have a copy of The Clever Carrot's cookbook!

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    Meridith Emilie
    February 25, 2016 at 8:35 pm

    My favorite cook book these days is America's Test Kitchen's Complete Vegetarian Cookbook. As tends to be the case with America's Test Kitchen, everything I've made has been delicious!

    I've just discovered you via instragram and Real Simple's repost of your yummy looking ramen. I'll be following and trying out some of these amazing looking recipes!

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    February 25, 2016 at 9:10 pm

    This sounds delicious! I like Madhur Jaffrey's World Vegetarian — such a thorough and surprising collection of recipes! Only thing is, there are TOO many choices and not enough photos so I keep missing good ideas.

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    February 26, 2016 at 12:47 am

    You know I've found some of the best cookbooks that were published by various church's. So many recipes that have been passed down which I love. Thank you for sharing!

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    February 26, 2016 at 12:52 am

    Thank you Talitha! Oh that's a classic one!

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    February 26, 2016 at 12:54 am

    Aww…thanks so much Meridith! I will definitely look into that cookbook! And I'm thankful for Real Simple Magazine. They are really nice.

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    February 26, 2016 at 12:57 am

    Thank you! I'm a visual person as well, as it relates to cookbooks. I like to see what the possible end result of what the dish is supposed to look like. Thanks again for sharing!

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    Supper With Michelle
    March 8, 2016 at 8:35 pm

    Congrats! You're the winner!! Please EMAIL me your full name & mailing/shipping address by 8:00am on March 9th!! My email address supperwithmichelle@gmail.com

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    Krys | Hungry Rants
    April 8, 2016 at 2:53 pm

    Wow, this looks delicious! I love the spices in this recipe – I have to get my hands on that cookbook. This soup will be perfect for the cold nights ahead here in Australia!

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