November 19, 2015

Black bean soup

Posted in Soups, Vegetables at 11:22 am by Sheila OConnell

The title is misleading because there are so many other things in this soup besides black beans. I created this by merging two different recipes. You could leave out just about any of the ingredients – except the black beans!

Ingredients:
1 tbsp olive oil
1 medium size onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 large or two small sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
4 cups broth; can use chicken broth or vegetable broth (I like to use 2 cups of each kind)
2 cans black beans, rinsed and drained
1 can diced tomatoes
2 tbsp brandy or sherry, or 1/4 cup wine
salt and pepper (I use about 3/4 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp fresh ground pepper)
1 tsp ground cumin
1 cup frozen corn kernels
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
half of a fresh lime
sour cream (optional)
chopped fresh cilantro (optional)

Steps:
In a large pot, saute diced onion in olive oil for about 3 minutes, then add minced garlic for about 30 seconds. Add diced sweet potato and toss in the oil. Add broth, bring to boil and simmer for about 10 minutes until sweet potatoes are almost soft. Add beans, tomatoes, alcohol, salt, pepper and cumin and simmer until sweet potatoes are completely soft, about another 8 minutes. Puree the soup (CAREFULLY – IT’S HOT) in a couple of batches in a blender. I use a large bowl to put the first batch in while I puree the second batch, then dump all back into the pot. You don’t have to puree it completely, just to however smooth you might like it.  Turn heat on low and add the corn and red pepper flakes. Simmer 1 – 2 minutes or so until and all is heated. Squeeze in the juice from half a lime and stir.

Serve in bowls and let people add their own chopped fresh cilantro and a dollop of sour cream.

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