Sunday, May 16, 2010

black bean soup

One of my kind and caring new york city readers, Julia, sent me this sweet and spicy recipe a while back. It is quick and easy, hearty yet refreshing and filled with vitamins, minerals and protein. I absolutely adore it and am so grateful she passed it on. Even the heaviest of meat-eaters will love this vegan delight! Canned black beans are hard to find in Australia. I have no idea why. You can only get organic varieties at health food stores, otherwise you can buy dried black beans in bulk. Just make sure to soak them in a bowl of hot water the morning of the day you plan on making the soup. This will speed up the cooking process.

2 tbs olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
3 ribs of celery with greens, chopped
4 garlic cloves, diced
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded & diced
1 bay leaf
1 kaffir lime leaf (optional- we have it in the garden)
1 red capsicum, seeded and chopped
3 cans of black beans or 2 1/2 cups of dried and soaked black beans
2 tbs ground cumin
1 1/2 tsp ground coriander
salt & pepper
4 cups vegetable stock
1 can of diced tomatoes (or 1 cup chopped fresh tomatoes)
1/2 lime, juiced

Heat a large pot over medium-high heat
Add olive oil, onion, celery, garlic, jalapeno and bay leaf. Let them sweat for 3-4 minutes, then add the capsicum
Add rinsed beans to the pot (use a fork to mash up a third of the beans for a thicker soup)
Season with cumin, coriander, salt & pepper
Add veggie stock and tomatoes and bring to a boil
Reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes or until the beans are at desired texture
Add the lime juice.
Remove bay leaf and kaffir lime leaf

Serve with warm tortillas and guacamole for a really filling meal.

A big thank you to Julia again! Now, what are you waiting for? Go buy some black beans!



Amanda said...

That does look good and healthy..Yum..I am afraid of making soups for my big ole family, I never know if I am making enough...And crazy that blackbeans are hard to find..There are a ton of options for them here in the states. I am a big fan.

tea with lucy said...

Yumbo! Always appreciate a new vege recipe to add to the mix.

I wonder if sustituting with kidney beans would work?? (I'm guilty of never following a recipe!)

Kristi said...

I am smiling just thinking of canned black beans. I had never soaked them before moving here.

Erin said...

Mmmm ... Thanks for sharing! Looks so simple. Definitely gonna make a pot this week :)

Grace said...

This looks yummy. Thanks - I think I'll make it this week. We have recently removed all canned foods from our diet due to the addition of the harmful chemical PBA found in almost all canned food (at least here in the US).

faerwillow said...

~warm and hearty...looks wonderful...thank you for sharing! warm wishes and brightest blessings~

HiHoRosie said...

Looks very tasty! Yum!

nocton4 said...

that looks so good, will give it a try.
thanks for the yoghurt comment, am going to give it yet another try, fingers crossed this third time xxx

dixiebelle said...

Ooh, thanks, another great soup to try, love soup, and loving how you have 111 followers now!! Share the eco-love, I say!!

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