Monday, March 2, 2009
Soup Month: Black Bean Soup
This is a very satisfying, easy Mexican black bean soup. Made with cumin, lime juice and jalapeno, this soup is great with a little dollop of sour cream on top and some cilantro scattered around.
The recipe is from my first soup cookbook ever: Twelve Months of Monastery Soups. This was given to me by my step-grandmother JoAnn, who now has Altzheimer's and will always think I am dating my ex-boyfriend Kenneth. It was one of the best gifts I have ever been given - you know how it is when someone actually *listens* to you and picks the perfect thing? I love peeling back the front cover and seeing her little inscription: Hope you like trying the recipes- JoAnn. I wish now I had made some soup for her.
You can make this soup with canned black beans, like the recipe states, or with dried black beans. Just soak them overnight first and prepare for a longer cooking time.
And, a big plus for me, this soup is great for the South Beach Diet. Just skip the potatoes.
Mexican Black Bean Soup by Brother Victor-Antoine d'Avila-Latourrette
1/3 cup olive oil
1 large yellow onion, chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 jalapeno pepper, chopped finely
2 tomatoes, peeled & chopped [ I used 1 large can diced tomatoes with juice]
2 - 15 oz cans black beans [30 oz. dry beans that have been soaked 24 hours]
2 potatoes, peeled & diced [I skipped the potatoes this time]
7 cups water [or stock]
1 bouillon cube [omit if using stock]
1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped [cilantro from a tube]
1 tablespoon cumin
2 tablespoons lime juice [to taste; I use plenty more]
salt & pepper to taste
sour cream as garnish with freshly chopped cilantro all around
1. Pour the olive oil into a good-sized soup pot and saute the onion for 2 minutes. Add the garlic, jalapeno pepper and tomatoes, and continue sauteing for another 2 minutes over medium heat, until it turns into a regular sauce. Stir often.
2. Add the beans from their cans with their juice, potatoes, water and bouillon. Bring the soup to a boil and then reduce the heat to low-medium. Cook slowly, covered, for about 20 minutes. [I cook it uncovered because I like it thicker than this recipe makes. Cover it when it is at the desired consistency. I cook it much longer than 20 minutes, depending on on the beans.]
3. Add the cilantro, cumin, lime juice, salt & pepper. Stir well and continue cooking for another 10 minutes, turn off the heat, and let the soup rest, covered, for 5 minutes. Serve hot and garnish each serving with a teaspoon of sour cream in the center and freshly chopped cilantro around the sour cream.