October 26, 2011

Black Bean Soup

My friend, Susan, asked for this recipe.  I told her it was on my blog.  Then, while I was making it this morning, I thought I should check.  Glad I did, because it isn't there.  Sorry for the wild goose chase.  Here it is!  (And for reference you can find the Cavitille recipe we made on girls' night over here.)

This can be done in a crock pot or on the stove top.  We make a double or triple batch for our family.  It is a great source of fiber and protein and always disappears fast.

1 pound of dry black beans
1 pound sausage, any kind, loose or casings removed
2 large onions, chopped
1 head of celery, sliced
garlic cloves, minced
8 bouillon cubes

For toppings:
1 pounds bacon, cooked and crumbled
sour cream
diced onions
lime wedges
cheddar cheese
hard boiled eggs, chopped
hot sauce

Put dry beans in pot and cover with several inches of cold water.  Let sit overnight.

In the morning, add bouillon cubes to pot and turn to high.

In skillet on stove top, brown sausage crumbling with back of spoon.  Use a slotted spoon to transfer to a bowl.  Set aside for later.

In pan drippings cook garlic, celery and onions until soft.  Add to crock pot.  Let cook until beans are soft and tender.  About 3 hours on high or 6ish on low.  Add water as needed to keep beans covered.

Note:  If you don't have time to let your beans soak overnight, put them in a pot on the stove top.  Cover with water and bring to a boil.  Boil one minute.  Turn off.  Let sit one hour.  Then add bouillon and sauteed veggies to pot, bring back to a boil and boil until beans are soft.  Check frequently, adding more water as needed.

When beans are finished, puree.  I use an immersion blender but it can be done by batches in a traditional blender or in a food processor.  Add back to pot and stir in the reserved sausage.  Simmer, uncovered until quite thick.

To serve, ladle into bowl and squeeze a lime wedge over top.  Add hot sauce to your liking and add toppings as desired.  We like to put out all the toppings and pass at the table.

I have two crock pots simmering away for fellowship tomorrow and it smells so delicious in here.  What can be cozier than a pot of soup going, Christmas music playing and candles burning while the snow falls outside?

Bon Appetit!

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