15ouncescanned black beans reserve the liquid from the canned beans
Place a pot over medium heat and add olive oil. Once the oil is hot, add the chopped onion. Cook and stir onions for about 6 minutes, or until tender.
Add the bay leaf, cumin, garlic powder, smoked paprika, and salt + pepper to taste. Stir and cook for 1 minute. Then, add the beans and water.
Bring to a boil. Once at a boil, lower heat to bring beans to a gentle simmer. Add vegan butter (optional). Cover pot with a lid and cook for 10 minutes. Remove bay leaf and serve soup. Garnish black bean soup with pan-roasted corn and diced red onion (optional).