summer squash soup with black beans, orange, and turmeric

so my i harvested my first summer squash from the garden the other day and a few hungarian cherry peppers. i was also craving some black bean soup, so i decided to mix the two and make a nice summery soup with two different flavors: turmeric and orange juice

turmeric is a great flavor to add to dishes. some may say to use only a little bit, but given to my persian upbringing, a lot of dishes have lots of turmeric in them. so i decided to try it in a non- persian dish. turmeric's flavor is somewhat earthy, like horseradish and mustard, but a bit more bitter. in any case, i think it added great flavor to the soup

and, orange juice. i love using it in black bean soup, it gives it a nice citrus-y infused flavor, and when it slow cooks with the ingredients the flavor is just great. hope you aren't too scared to give this a try!

ingredients are as follows:

1 large summer squash, cut into small cubes
1 can black beans, you can also use dried black beans (i used can since i was short on time)
1/4 cup water
1 small yellow onion diced
2 small cherry peppers (it added a nice bit of spice to the soup)
1 medium sized tomato, diced and then crushed
1/2 cup orange juice (i prefer with pulp)
3 tablespoons turmeric
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 tablespoon oregano
1/2 tablespoon thyme
1 tablespoon olive oil

in a medium sized pot, mix your squash, onion,peppers, tomato, and olive oil on medium heat. wait for the vegetables to get a bit softer, and then add in your black beans.

add in the orange juice slowly stirring, and also slowly add in the turmeric

let sit for a few minutes, and then slowly add in your water and other spices. let sit on low heat for a good half hour, stirring occasionally.

if you would like to add more tumeric (knowing me, i probably did...actually...i know i did) don't be afraid. i was really happy with how this soup ended up, it had a great flavor and was pretty filling. it paired well with a dark beer, specifically we paired it with soproni, a dark hungarian brew

good luck! hope you all enjoy


  1. This looks amazing! I bet it was very flavorful.

  2. this would go well with a bed of rice if used with orange oil, less liquid.