Quick Black Bean Soup

Quick Black Bean Soup

Ingredients

3 cans (each 19 oz/540 mL) black beans
1 tbsp (15 mL) olive oil
3 minced garlic cloves
2 chopped onions
2 chopped celery stalks
2 tsp (10 mL) chili powder
2 tsp (10 mL) chopped jalapeno peppers
1-1/2 tsp (7 mL) dried oregano
1 tsp (5 mL) ground cumin
1/2 tsp (2 mL) aniseed
5 cups (1.5 L) chicken stock
1 can (14 oz/398 ml) stewed tomatoes
3/4 tsp (4 mL) salt
1/4 tsp (1 mL) pepper
4 tsp (18 mL) lime juice

Lime Coriander Cream:
1/2 cup (125 mL) sour cream
2 tbsp (30 mL) finely chopped fresh coriander
2 tbsp (30 mL) lime juice

Preparation

In large heavy saucepan or Dutch oven, heat oil over medium heat; cook garlic, onions and celery, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes or until onions are softened. Add chili powder, jalapeno pepper, oregano, cumin and aniseeds; cook, stirring occasionally, for 1 minute.

Add beans, stock, tomatoes, salt and pepper; simmer for 30 minutes.

In food processor or blender, purée 8 cups (2 L) of the soup in batches. Return to pot; heat through. Stir in lime juice. Taste and adjust seasoning. (Make-Ahead: Let cool; cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 2 months. Reheat gently to serve.)

Lime Coriander Cream: In bowl, stir together sour cream, coriander and lime juice. Spoon over centre of each bowlful of soup.

Tip: Serve with sour cream, coriander and a slice of green pepper. Or serve with Lime Coriander Cream.

Variation:
Black Bean Soup with Lime Coriander Sauce: Substitute 3 cups (750 mL) black beans, soaked for canned beans.

Rinse beans, discarding any grit. In large heavy saucepan or Dutch oven, cover beans with 3 times their volume of water; bring to boil, cover and cook for 2 minutes. Remove from heat; let soak for 1 hour. Drain.

Increase stock to 6 cups. To onion mixture, add beans and stock; bring to boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 75 minutes or until beans are very tender. Add tomatoes, salt and pepper; simmer for 10 minutes.

Servings: 6

Tags: aniseed, black beans, celery, chicken stock, chili, coriander, garlic, jalapeno peppers, olive oil, onion, oregano, soups & stews, sour cream, tomatoes

Nutritional Info

approx. per serving

cal312

pro24 g

total fat22 g

sat. fat5 g

carb3 g

fibre1 g

chol48 mg

sodium146 m

%RDI-

calcium-

iron3%

vit A22%

vit C9%

folate25%

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