The best black bean soup
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The best black bean soup
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Last updated 6/12/2012 1:01:04 AM. Recipe ID 24357. Report a problem with this recipe.
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      Title: The best black bean soup
 Categories: Soups, Vegetables
      Yield: 6 servings
      1 lb Black beans, picked over,
           -rinsed, and soaked for
     10    Hours or longer in water to
           -cover by at
           Least 4 inches
      6 c  Beef broth
      8 c  Water
      1 cn Tomatoes with their juice,
           -chopped (28 to 32
      2 ts Cumin
           Salt to taste (Optional)
           Freshly ground black pepper
           -to taste
           JALAPENO CREAM:
    2/3 c  Plain nonfat or low-fat
      1    Or 2 fresh jalapenos OR
           -pickled jalapenos, seeded
      3 tb Minced fresh parsley
      1 tb Minced fresh cilantro
           GARNISHES (Optional):
    1/2 c  Chopped red onion
    1/2    Avocado, peeled, seeded, and
  Drain the beans and put them in a large, heavy pot.  Add the broth and
  water.  Bring the beans to a boil, stirring them a few times, reduce
  the heat, and simmer the beans in the uncovered pot for 1 hour.
  Stir in the tomatoes with their juice and the cumin, and continue
  simmering the beans for 2 hours or until the beans are soft (check
  after 1 and 1 1/2 hours, since the timing depends on the dryness or
  age of the beans.)
  Transfer the mixture to a large bowl, and let the mixture cool
  briefly. Rinse out the pot.  Then puree the mixture in batches in a
  blender or food processor until the mixture is smooth, returning the
  puree to the pot as you go.
  Season the soup with the salt (if desired) and pepper, and bring the
  soup to a simmer.  If the soup is too thin, simmer it in the
  uncovered pot, stirring it often, until the desired consistency is
  To prepare jalapeno cream, whisk together the yogurt, jalapenos,
  parsley, and, if you are using it, cilantro.  Serve a dollop of the
  jalapeno cream atop each bowl of soup.  If you wish, you may also
  garnish the soup with the chopped red onion and/or chopped avocado.
  PREPARATION TIPS:  You can prepare the soup up to 4 days in advance
  and store it, covered, in the refrigerator.  Or you can freeze it.
  The jalapeno cream can be prepared 1 or 2 days ahead.
  SERVING SUGGESTIONS:  In addition to the jalapeno cream, try
  garnishing the soup with chopped red onion and/or chopped avocado.
  With bread and salad, this soup could be the base for a light lunch.
  Makes 6 to 8 main or 8 to 10 first-course servings.
  [ "Jane Brody's Good Food Gourmet";1990; ISBN 0-393-02878-X ]
  Posted by Fred Peters.

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Recipe ID 24357 (Apr 03, 2005)

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