I created this soup back when my children were young, I was working too many hours, and they wanted to go Trick-or-Treating on a weeknight. They were delighted with the spooky colors; I was happy with how quickly it came together. And it's always fun to customize your dinner! If you use vegetable broth, this soup is appropriate for vegetarians. —Windischgirl
Celery stalks, chopped
Olive or vegetable oil
Black beans, cooked, with their liquid; equal to 2 cans of 15 oz. each
1 1/2 cups
Chicken or vegetable broth
Salt and pepper to taste
cheddar cheese, orange and sharp!, shredded
In a medium saucepan, heat the oil. Add the carrots and celery, and sauté until tender.
Add the beans and their liquid, then stir in the broth. Add the cayenne, cumin, salt, and pepper. Heat gently till simmering.
Divide the soup among 4 bowls. Let each diner top their spooky serving with a spoonful of salsa, festive orange cheese, and a ghost of sour cream. Serve with crusty bread or tortilla chips. Follow with candy for dessert!