Cuban Black Bean Soup

READY IN: 3hrs 20mins
Kay D.
Recipe by KathyP53

Can't wait to serve this at a fall party! From Bon Appetit.

Top Review by Kay D.

In the words of Emeril, "Oh yeah, babe!" This is comfort food at its finest. I just don't have anything bad to say about this soup, nor would I change anything, EXCEPT to add just a smidge of shredded cheese (this time I added Asiago) to the top. From start to finish, I enjoyed this. It smelled incredible; a lovely smoky aroma. It had just the slightest hint of spiciness to it, nothing overwhelming, very subtle. I don't want to drone on, let me simply say that I thoroughly enjoyed this soup. Thanks!

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. Place beans in a heavy pot. Add enough cold water to cover beans by 2". Bring to a boil; remove from heat and let stand 10 minutes. Drain beans; return to same pot. Add 8 cups cold water. Bring to boil, reduce heat to medium, ans simmer until beans are tender, adding more water by cupfuls as needed to cover beans, 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Drain beans.
  2. Heat same pot over medium heat. Add chorizo and bacon and cook until chorizo is brown and bacon is crisp, stirring frequently and breaking up chorizo with back of spoon, about 10 minutes. Add onion and next 4 ingredients. Cook until onion is translucent, stirring frequently about 5 minutes. Add 4 cups broth, tomatoes with juice, and beans. Bring to boil, reduce heat to medium, and simmer 20 minutes for flavors to blend. Cool slightly.
  3. Working batches, coarsely puree soup in processor using on/off turns. Return puree to pot, adding more broth as needed for desired consistency. Can be made ahead to this point. Refrigerate uncovered until cold, then cover and keep chilled.
  4. Bring soup to boil. Add sherry; reduce heat to medium and simmer 3 minutes. Stir in 1/2 cup chopped cilantro. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  5. Place large spoonful salsa in each of 6 large bowls. Ladle soup over salsa. Serve, passing additional salsa, chopped cilantro, sour cream, guacamole, and chili powder alongside.

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