Cuban Black Bean Soup

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  1. John Brunner

    John Brunner Very Well-Known Member
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    This is a very flavorful black bean soup.
    -If you want to make it vegan, swap veggie stock for the chicken stock.
    -If you want to make it more omnivore, throw a smoked ham hock in it.


    Cuban Black Bean Soup

    1# dried black beans

    2 medium onions, chopped
    2 Tb minced ginger root
    4 cloves minced garlic
    3 stalks celery, thinly sliced
    2 hot peppers (jalapeño or serrano), seeded and minced
    ¼ cup minced fresh parsley
    1 tsp thyme
    1 bay leaf

    Water to cover
    2 cups chicken stock
    4 tsp soy sauce (1 1/3 TB)

    Directions
    Soak beans overnight in 6 cups water; drain.

    Preheat oven to 375°.

    Place soaked, drained beans in ovenproof casserole, small roasting pan or crock pot container.
    Add rest of non-liquid ingredients, then enough water to cover (about 5 cups).
    Add stock and soy sauce.

    Bake until beans are tender, about 2 hours.

    Remove bay leaf. Blend some or all of the soup to thicken it, if desired.
     
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  2. Beth Gallagher

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    That sounds like how I cook pinto beans for Frijoles a la Charra, except I don't put any ginger in them and I use cilantro instead of parsley. Oh, and I add a can of Rotel tomatoes with green chiles and I use my Instant Pot (pressure cooker) to cook.
     
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    I was going to post a variation of this recipe where you make a sofrito and add it at the end (not sure where I picked up that method), but I've never tried it. And my instructions are cryptic (some onions, some garlic, some bell peppers/cumin/oregano.) Then add lime juice (or vinegar) and sugar.

    Not sure why there's no cilantro...it's prevalent in Cuban cuisine.
     
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    That's the thing about a pot of beans; it's hard to mess 'em up. You can just toss stuff in there and still get something yummy. I like to put a bit of ham or bacon in most beans for a little flavor. I bought a bag of white lima beans in my last grocery order; I love those things and it's getting to be "bean weather."
     
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    My neighbors have a small garden every year and brought me a couple of bags of broccoli greens.

    I sauteed half of them as you would kale, and made a pot of navy bean & ham soup, and put the rest of the greens in with that. So very good...

    I keep ham shanks, smoked pork neck bones and smoked hocks in the freezer for such things.
     
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