Cumin-spiced Black Bean Soup

Soups & Stews

Recipe courtesy of Bon Appétit cookbook

Serves 6

Ingredients: 
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1¼ cups onion, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1½ teaspoons thyme, dried (1 tablespoon fresh)
  • 3 (15 oz) cans black beans, drained, 1cup liquid reserved
  • 3½ - 4 cups chicken broth (low salt preferred)
  • 1 (28 oz) can diced tomatoes in juice
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1½ teaspoons hot pepper sauce

Cumin-spiced Black Bean Soup

 Cumin-spiced Black Bean Soup with Sour Cream

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Method: 

Heat oil in large pot over medium heat. Add onion, garlic and thyme. Sauté until onion is golden about 8 minutes. Add beans, bean liquid, 4 cups broth, tomatoes with jiuce, cumin and hot pepper sauce. Bring to a boil.
Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until flavors blend and soup thickens slightly, stirring occasionally, about 20 minutes.
Allow to cool slightly.

Working in 2 batches, puree 2 1/2 cups soup in a blender until smooth. Mix puree back into soup pot, bring to a simmer.
Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve with a dollop of sour cream or yogurt(optional).

Note: Can be made 1 day ahead. Cool slightly, refigerate uncovered until cold, then cover and keep refigerated until ready to serve. To serve, bring soup to simmer, thinning with more broth if needed.

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