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Hearty Black Bean Soup

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Category: Microwave

 Ingredients List

  • 2 tb Oil
  • 3 md Onions; chopped
  • 4 Cl Garlic; minced
  • 48 oz Canned black beans (frijoles
  • -negros) drained & chopped
  • 1 tb Fresh oregano; fine chopped
  • 1/2 ts Ground cumin; or to taste
  • 1/2 ts Fresh thyme; finely chopped
  • 1 Bay leaf
  • 2 c Cubed ham; cooked
  • 2 c Chicken stock
  • 1/4 c Dry sherry
  • 16 oz Canned whole tomatoes;
  • -drained & chopped
  • 1/4 c Fresh tomatoes; peeled and
  • -chopped
  • Salt & freshly ground pepper
  • -to taste
  • Accompaniments:
  • Fresh lime or lemon wedges
  • Sour cream
  • Radishes; thinly sliced
  • Green onions; sliced
  • Cilantro leaves
  • Chile salsa


Recipe by: the California Culinary Academy Preparation Time: 0:45 In a
wide-bottomed, large saucepan over medium heat, heat oil. Add onions and
cook until soft, 3 to 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook 1 minute longer. Stir
in beans, oregano, cumin, thyme, bay leaf, ham, stock, sherry, and

Increase heat and bring mixture to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer,
uncovered, about 30 minutes. Season to taste with salt, if necessary, and
pepper. Serve soup with your choice of accompaniments, or cool to room
temperature and refrigerate or freeze.

Makes about 7 cups.

* Timesaver Tip: Soup can be made up to 2 days ahead, covered, and
refrigerated, or it can be frozen. To freeze, spoon soup into one large or
several smaller individual freezer containers. Cover, label, and freeze at
0 degrees F up to 1 month. To serve, defrost soup 15 to 20 minutes on
Defrost setting of microwave, or thaw in refrigerator 8 to 24 hours. Gently
warm soup in a saucepan or microwave at 50% power until it is warmed
through. Stir several times both during defrosting and during reheating.

Microwave Version

Put oil in a 2-quart casserole and microwave on 70% power 45 seconds. Add
onions and microwave another 3 minutes, until onions are soft. Add garlic
and microwave a minute longer. Complete step 2 as directed above. Cover
casserole with waxed paper or loosely with plastic wrap and microwave,
still on 70% power, 30 minutes. Season to taste and proceed with step 4 as
directed above. Preparation time and timesaver tip same as above.

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