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Smokey Black Bean Soup

2 teaspoons oil
1 cup chopped onion
1 cup chopped celery
3 -4 garlic cloves, minced
2 cups chicken broth or 2 cups vegetable broth, whatever
1 (14 ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained
2 teaspoons cilantro
1 teaspoon cumin
3/4 teaspoon smoked paprika, NO subs
1 (15 ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
salt, if needed to taste
fat free sour cream, for garnish (optional)
1 Heat the oil in a pot over med heat.
2 Add the onions, celery and garlic and saute for about 5 minutes.
3 Add the broth, tomatoes, cilantro, cumin, and smoked paprika. Bring to a soft boil. Reduce heat, and cover and simmer for 20 minutes.
4 Add the black beans and simmer for an additional 10 minutes.
5 Stir.
6 At this time, if desired, puree 1/3 to 1/2 of the soup for a thicker texture. Totally optional.
7 Add salt, if needed.
8 Serve garnished with a dallop of the optional FF sour cream.

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