“A classic black bean soup featuring crisp savory notes from a dry sherry and tomatoey base. I like to use a poblano pepper instead a green bell pepper to spice it up a notch. This is a great recipe to use when you have a few cups of black beans. It’s simple but not lacking in flavor. Top with a little cilantro or vegan sour cream – Blissful!”
- 1 onion, chopped
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1/3 cup celery, (about 2 ribs) sliced lenthwise then in 1/4 dice
- 2/3 cup carrots (1-2 carrots), sliced lenthwise in quarters, then in 1/2 inch chop
- 1 poblano pepper or 1 green bell pepper, seeded and finely diced
- 2 teaspoons fresh rosemary, minced (or 1 tsp dried)
- 1/2 teaspoon rubbed thyme (or 1 tsp dried)
- 1 1/2 tsp cumin
- 3 tablespoons tomato paste
- 1/4 cup dry sherry
- 4 cups cooked black beans (about 1 1/2-2 cups dried or 2-3 cans drained and rinsed)
- 4 cups no-chicken or vegetable broth
- 2 bay leaves
- salt to taste
- If using dried beans, soak, rinse and cook black beans until tender. If using canned, drain and rinse.
- In large dutch oven over medium heat, saute onion along with a pinch of kosher salt in olive oil for about 5-7 minutes or until tender and translucent.
- Add in celery, carrots, poblano or bell pepper and herbs. Saute another 5 minutes or so or until veggies are crisp tender.
- Add in tomato paste and saute about 2-3 minutes. The idea is to get the tomato paste to brown a bit on the bottom but not burn. Add in the sherry to deglaze, scraping the bottom of the pan.
- Add the black beans, broth and bay leaves. Bring to a boil, lower heat to a simmer. Cover and simmer for about 40 minutes or until veggies are all tender and flavors are melded.
- Turn off heat and remove bay leaves. With an immersion blender, puree about 2/3 of the soup. Taste for salt and add as needed (see footnote).
- Turn heat back to low and let simmer another 5-10 minutes. Serve with cilantro and vegan sour cream.
Footnote: Feel free to add another 1/4 cup of sherry or teaspoon of cumin. The flavor can be enhanced quite a bit more with either of these ingredients.