Total Time
1hr 5mins
Prep 25 mins
Cook 40 mins

I like to serve this hearty soup in October and November, perfect for a fall meal. This recipe came from Gourmet magazine and makes a meaty, spicy and smoky soup, thickened by pureed black beans. Enjoy!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a food processor coarsely puree beans and tomatoes.
  2. In a 6-quart heavy kettle, cook onion, shallots, garlic, cumin, salt and pepper in butter over moderate heat, stirring until onion is softened and beginning to brown. Stir in bean puree. Stir in broth, pumpkin puree and sherry until combined. Simmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally, for 25 minutes or until thick enough to coat the back of a spoon.
  3. Just before serving, add ham and vinegar. Simmer soup, stirring, until completely heated through. Season soup with salt and pepper.
  4. Serve soup garnished with sour cream, if desired.
Most Helpful

This was outstanding! The only change that I made was that, since one can't seem to find sherry vinegar anywhere in my region, I used unfiltered cider vinegar (which was a suggested substitution on another page). I'd definitely use a smoky rather than sweet ham in this recipe -- and definitely add the sour cream! I might reserve half a can of beans next time to give it a tad more texture; other than that, it was perfect.

l'ecole May 11, 2016

Wow. Thank you for this recipe! Making it for the second time in a week tonight - my boys and I could not eat enough first time round.
I did not have any ham in the house but I did have applewood bacon, so I fried up 4 strips of that and then I used 2 tablespoons of the drippings to cook the onions.
When the soup was finished I added the bacon and I used rice vinegar because that's what I had.
I also used 1/2 cup cilantro and blended it into my sourcream and served that on the side and everyone added how much they wanted. It was amazing!!!!
Again, thanks for sharing !!!!

cooking for boys!!! November 21, 2010

You definitely have a great soup recipe here! Although I did cut the recipe in half, I followed the ingredients right on down & it came together so nicely! Wonderfully tasty (we thought the bean & pumpkin combo was just great) & this is definitely a soup I'll make again! It's now in my tried-&-true soup file! Thanks so much for posting the recipe! [Tagged & made in Please Review My Recipe]

Sydney Mike November 10, 2010