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Mar 2, 2009 11:21 AM

black bean soup - help me decide

so it's snowing, and I have some black beans waiting for me at home...I'd like to make a simple vegetarian soup, probably just pureeing the beans with stock, onion, garlic, and spices. help me choose my flavor profile! here's what I'm considering:
- za'atar
- ras el hanout
- chili powder (probably the obvious choice)

also, I'm completely open to other suggestions--thanks!

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  1. YUM - love bb soup! When I make black bean soup I use a Tbsp. of cumin.....
    I cook up onion, garlic, carrot, and celery
    Add cumin & cook for a few mins
    Add 4 cups stock
    2-3 cans rinsed bbeans
    Cover and simmer for 20-30 mins.
    Next add Tbsp. tom paste & then puree w/stick wand
    s&p to taste
    Serve w/sour cream and cilantro on top...and some chips if you have them.

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    1. re: care11

      thanks--that sounds great and absolutely the speed I was thinking.

    2. I like to cook dried black beans with onion, garlic, cumin, and a bay leaf separately (lately in the crock pot.) Then when I'm ready for soup, I make a sofrito with more onion, garlic, a red bell pepper, a couple serranos, tomatoes, cilantro, and maybe some Mexican oregano. I blend that up, cook it in some oil, then add my cooked beans. Let that come together and add stock or water to get the right consistency. Then I remove about 1/3 or a 1/4 of the beans and wizz the remainder in the pot with my stick blender. Add back the whole beans. Salt and pepper to taste. A splash of sherry vinegar. Serve with sour cream, chopped onion, and maybe some cilantro.

      If it weren't vegetarian, I would have cooked the beans with a ham hock or some bacon. Alternatively, if you don't want to or lack the time to start with dried beans, then you could use canned. Add cumin and possibly some extra garlic to pump up the flavor of the canned beans.

      1. Smooth Black Bean Soup


        1 can (16 ounces) tomato paste
        6 cans (15 ounces each) black beans, rinsed and drained
        4 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) beef broth
        3 beef bouillon cubes
        1 teaspoon paprika
        dash cayenne pepper
        1 teaspoon onion powder
        1 teaspoon garlic salt
        3/4 teaspoon pepper
        1/2 bunch fresh cilantro, chopped
        2 fresh jalapenos, seeded and sliced
        1 bunch green onions, chopped

        Optional ½ lb of chorizo, cubed

        sour cream
        chopped fresh cilantro

        TO PREPARE:

        Combine tomato paste, black beans, broth, bouillon cubes, paprika, cayenne, onion powder, garlic salt, and pepper in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer 15 minutes. Add cilantro, jalapenos, and green onions. Simmer 2 minutes more. Transfer to a food processor and process in batches until smooth. Reheat.

        Add cubed fully cooked sausage such as chorizo or Cajun after you puree the beans.

        Garnish each serving with sour cream and cilantro.

        SERVES 8 - 10

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        1. i wish i had more information for you but my mom once made a black bean soup for me that was divine. i know it had cumin in it and tamarind for a little tartness. the tamarind was her unique touch and it was excellent.

          1. A slight change to teh recipes above is to use chopped cilantro stems in the chili and then use the leaves as garnish.
            Also a Tablespoon of red wine vinegar per pound of beans and a couple of dashes of hot sauce to taste.