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Friday, October 25, 2013

creamy black bean soup with cumin and oregano

The first frosty morning.  The thermometer shows 24 degrees - can that be?  We have been very lucky to have such a long and beautiful autumn so far, but I'm never quite ready for that first below freezing day.

Also lucky to have made a wonderful black bean soup (which I found on Fine Cooking) in the fridge and ready for a toasty lunch today.  It's more creamy than chunky, but thick enough to qualify as a hearty soup.  I streamlined the original recipe by using my stick processor after a 20 minute simmer to meld the herbs and spices , a couple of dashes of hot sauce, then a quick puree.  Looking at the bowl of the last garden harvest, a quick chopping of green and red tomatoes and that beautiful Italian parsley for a last minute salsa sprinkled on top, with a little dish of sour cream on the side.  So perfect for this day.

Creamy Black Bean Soup

2 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, smashed

In a small, heavy bottomed stockpot, saute the onions and garlic in the butter and oil on low until soft, about ten minutes.


2 cans drained black beans (the 15 oz size)
2 cups chicken stock or broth
2 tablespoons tomato paste or good salsa
2 t. cumin
1 t. thyme
1 1/2 t. oregano
dash of hot sauce

Cook on low for 20 minutes, watching to make sure the soup isn't scorching.  If it seems too thick, add a cup of water.

Take off heat , cool a few minutes, then use a stick processor to puree.  Taste and add salt and pepper as needed.

Serve with sour cream, salsa, or some chunks of goat cheese.



La Table De Nana said...

It all seems so cozy and familiar to me after all this time visiting:-)
Not as cold here..still 36..
Tonight maybe frost.
Your bounty is so colorful..and the soup looks and sound ice cream machine here for a while!

diary of a tomato said...

Soup weather has definitely arrived, and black bean is one of my favorites! Yikes, 24 degrees! And here we're stressing over temps dropping into the 30's...