Prep 30 mins
Cook 45 mins
I can easily make this after work, even if I have to prep everything from scratch. The original recipe was adapted from a Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook. It called for 1 lb of dried black beans but for us, canned works best on a weeknight. I've used either 2 or 3 cans of beans, it depends on how thick you like your bean soup. I think the coriander and sherry are the key to it's taste.
- 1 -2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 1 cup chopped onion
- 1 cup chopped celery
- 1 red bell pepper, chopped
- 2 tablespoons pressed or minced garlic
- 2 (15 ounce) cans black beans, drained & rinsed
- 1 (14 1/2 ounce) candiced canned tomatoes, undrained
- 1 quart chicken stock
- 1 teaspoon ground coriander
- 1⁄8-1⁄4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 1 lb kielbasa or 1 lb smoked sausage (halved lengthwise and sliced orq uartered and sliced)
- 3 tablespoons dry sherry
- In a Dutch oven or 6qt stockpot saute onion, celery, bell pepper, and garlic in olive oil until tender; add beans, tomatoes, chicken stock, coriander, red pepper flakes and salt (if needed); Bring to boiling, reduce heat, cover and simmer for at least 30 minutes.
- In the meantime (optional) cook sausage in a nonstick pan and drain; set aside (we like the flavor a little better that way).
- Add sausage& dry sherry; stir 2-3 minutes or until heated through.
- Serve soup with sour cream, and shredded cheddar if desired; and a nice crusty bread.
Almost doubled the sausage, and omitted the celery. This did make for an after school warmer upper in the winter. Spices were excellent, and was great, as I simmered it while I was out, and ready when we got home. Very flavorful indeed. Made for the Best of 2013 Tag.
Excellent soup, used half kielbasa and half smoked Italian sausage. We had a sample of the soup the first night, and enjoyed more depth two nights later. This was so easy that I will look for heartier sausages (maybe make and smoke my own Chaurice or Andouille sausage) to further enhance the flavor). By the way, I pureed a third can of black beans in the chicken broth in my Vitamix to thicken the soup. Made for Best of 2012 tag game.
~TigerJo~ this was very good. I hate bell peppers, so I threw in a can of green chiles as a substitution. I used the 2 cans of black beans, Progresso Brand that a 19 ounce can. I also used the fire roasted tomatoes. Great and easy, what more could anyone ask for. Great supper with crusty bread and a green salad.