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Black Bean Soup – Recipe!

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Soup, whether brothy or creamy, makes a nice meal especially in the wintertime.  Creating a little bowl of wonder doesn’t have to be complicated, especially if you keep a few ingredients on hand.  Beans are a nice staple to keep in your pantry because they last up to a year without losing any of their flavors.

Black beans are one of the healthiest legumes out there and if you are a vegetarian or vegan, I’m sure they are a staple in your diet.   Beans are inexpensive too, you can buy a one-pound sack for a dollar or two, which makes this recipe very economical.

I am especially fond of black beans due to their earthy flavor and I enjoy their creamy texture in a soup.  Black beans pair nicely with warming spices like cumin, oregano and of course a pinch of cayenne, it gives the beans a Mexican flair.  You can always make this soup in a slow cooker, but make sure you soak or quick soak your beans first.

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Ingredients

1 package dry black beans, soaked overnight or quick soak (read back of package)

1 medium onion, diced

3 teaspoons ground cumin

1 teaspoon dried oregano

1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1 quart chicken broth

salt

pepper

olive oil

1/4 cup sour cream

(Serves 4)

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To Prepare:

1.  Drain beans from soaking water.  In a stockpot over medium heat, add 1 tablespoon of olive oil and onion.  Saute onion for 4 minutes until soft.

2.  Add dried spices – cumin, oregano, cayenne, 2 teaspoons salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper to onions.  Stir spices with onions and continue to cook for 2 minutes.

3.  Add beans to stockpot and stir to combine.  Add chicken broth and 2 cups of water to pot, stir.  Turn heat to simmer and cover pot with a lid (If using a slow-cooker, pour into cooker and cook on high for 6 hours).  On stove top, cook soup for 2 1/2 hours until fork tender.

3.  Remove lid and puree soup with an immersion blender or puree in batches in a regular blender and add back to pot.  Add more water to soup to create your desired consistency.  Season to taste.

4.  Ladle into bowls and dollop with sour cream.  Enjoy!

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