« Sunday Small Bites--Brie | Main | Latke Experimenting--Baked Potato-Mushroom Latkes »

Spicy Black Bean, Tomato and Butternut Soup

1%20038.jpg


I tend to like the first few sips of black bean soup well enough, but more than that gets too "beany" for me. I came across a version that added more tomato than usual, which appealed to me. The addition of cubed butternut was a happy solution to my heavy hand with the chipotle chile powder, (a bit of a whoops! moment using the shake top instead of measuring out) which had made the soup explosive, even for my chile-head. The butternut's sweetness tamed the chile, and added more lightness. A winner! Let's see if I can replicate it now...

Spicy Black Bean, Tomato and Butternut Soup
At least 6-8 servings

Spray cooking oil
1 large onion, diced
1 sweet red pepper, diced
2 carrots, diced
2 tsp. cumin
2 tsp. chile powder or more
1 tsp. chipotle chile powder (or less to start with)
1 tsp, oregano
salt and pepper to taste
1 can Trader Joe's Cuban Black Beans
1 can unsalted black beans (or use 2 cans of any black beans)
1 can diced tomatoes with green chile
1 box low sodium chicken broth
2-3 cups water
2 cups small cubes of butternut squash
1/2 lime
1/2 cup chopped cilantro
sour cream or plain yogurt for garnish, or a sprinkle of cheddar.

Spray a large pot with oil. Saute the onion, pepper, and carrots until soft. Stir in the spices. Add the beans, tomato, broth, and 2 cups of water. Let simmer for an hour. Add the squash, and additional water if needed. When the squash is very tender, add a few squeezes of lime. Puree with immersion blender. Taste for seasonings, and adjust to your liking. Simmer a bit more to let flavors blend. Garnish with cilantro, sour cream or yogurt or cheddar.

Post a comment

(If you haven't left a comment here before, you may need to be approved by the site owner before your comment will appear. Until then, it won't appear on the entry. Thanks for waiting.)


This page contains a single entry from the blog posted on December 9, 2009 3:08 PM.

The previous post in this blog was Sunday Small Bites--Brie.

The next post in this blog is Latke Experimenting--Baked Potato-Mushroom Latkes.

Many more can be found on the main index page or by looking through the archives.

Powered by
Movable Type 3.33
© 2004 - 2014 Slow Travel