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Black Bean Soup

Oxmoor House
Hands-On time 30 mins
Total time 3 hrs, 10 mins
Yield Serves 6 (serving size: 1 1/3 cups soup)
This simple soup hits the spot. For richer flavor, you could use some chicken stock.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups dried black beans
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 cups chopped onion
  • 1 cup chopped red bell pepper
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cups organic vegetable broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 8 teaspoons shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped onion (optional)
  • 1/4 cup light sour cream (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro (optional)

Nutrition Information

  • calories 219
  • caloriesfromfat 0.0 %
  • fat 3.6 g
  • satfat 1 g
  • monofat 1.9 g
  • polyfat 0.3 g
  • protein 10 g
  • carbohydrate 36 g
  • fiber 5.7 g
  • cholesterol 3 mg
  • iron 3 mg
  • sodium 460 mg
  • calcium 59 mg

How to Make It

  1. Sort and wash beans; place in a large saucepan. Cover with water to 2 inches above beans; bring to a boil. Cook 2 minutes; remove from heat. Cover and let stand 1 hour. Drain beans.

  2. Heat a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add oil; swirl to coat. Add onion and bell pepper; cook 8 minutes or until tender, stirring frequently. Add cumin, oregano, and garlic; sauté 1 minute. Add beans, vegetable broth, and water. Bring to a boil; partially cover, reduce heat, and simmer 1 hour and 30 minutes or until beans are tender.

  3. Place half of bean mixture in a blender. Remove center piece of blender lid (to allow steam to escape); secure blender lid on blender. Place a clean towel over opening in blender lid (to avoid splatters). Blend until smooth. Return pureed soup to pan. Stir in lime juice and next 3 ingredients (through black pepper). Ladle soup into bowls; top evenly with cheese, and if desired, onion, sour cream, and cilantro.

Cook's Notes

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