26 Mar Black Bean Soup
Even though we are in spring now, soup always a good choice!
This black bean soup with ground cumin is a strong, healthy and delicious dish to serve on cold days.
Black beans are richly known for their benefits to digestion and cumin is a potent spice that will give your soup an extra special flavour!
1 kilo dried black turtle beans
1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 pound bacon
1/2 pound diced ham
8 onions, chopped
8 garlic cloves, minced
6 stalks celery including leaves, chopped
2-1/2 cups uncooked brown rice
2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
4 teaspoons ground cumin
6 quarts chicken broth
1/2 cup dry white wine
1 cup dry sherry
Wash black beans, cover with water and allow to soak overnight; rinse; drain; set aside.
Pour oil into a large soup pot, add the bacon, ham, onion, garlic and celery.
Cook at a high simmer until vegetables are soft, about 30 minutes.
Add beans, rice, seasonings, and broth to soup pot.
Bring to a boil; reduce heat, cover and simmer 2-1/2 to 3 hours.
Let soup cool; put through the blender a little at a time, until smooth.
Return to soup pot; reheat on low about 45 minutes, adding wine and sherry. Serve hot.