Black Bean Soup

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!

Ingredients

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

Directions

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.

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