"George's at the Cove" Black Bean Soup

Total Time
1hr 30mins
Prep 30 mins
Cook 1 hr

An original recipe created by Chef Scott Meskan, George's at the Cove. We enjoyed this when we visited this restaurant in La Jolla, California. This recipe is requested so often, they have it printed and ready at the hostess stand. It's unbeatable at the restaurant, but I do a pretty good job at home, too, if I do say so myself!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In 1/4 cup butter, saute carrots, onion, celery and broccoli stems for 5 minutes.
  2. Add thyme, oregano and basil; saute 5 minutes more.
  3. Add wine and deglaze pan.
  4. Add hot chicken stock and reduce by one-third.
  5. Add Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco, smoked chicken, beans and broccoli florets; simmer 5 minutes.
  6. Add cream, simmer 5 minutes more and season to taste (thicken with cornstarch if desired).
  7. Drop in remaining butter, piece by piece, stirring until melted and serve immediately.
  8. Smoked Chicken: On a covered grill, slightly smoke boneless chicken, cooking to medium rare (about 30 minutes).
  9. Chef Meskan uses applewood chips and does not allow the grill to become too hot.
Most Helpful

I just can't say enough about how wonderful this soup is. Of course, I am a sucker for anything with cream in it and this one does not disappoint. I will be making this again and again but I will triple the chicken and broccoli because. This is the perfect dish for a casual get together. I served it with your jalepeno/cheese cornbread (review follows). Oh, my DH and DS LOVED it, too. Thanks, GinnyP.

AngelicFantasia March 23, 2003

This was so good. All my picky eaters turned their noses up at it until I asked them to please try it. Not one complaint came from anybody. I will make this again for sure. Thanks GinnyP for posting this recipe!

Daydasa January 14, 2005

I lived in San Diego for 19 years and would go to George's at least twice a year just to sit on the terrace, look at the ocean and enjoy this soup. Soup, house salad & a glass of white wine. Perfection!

tierrasantaotis January 28, 2008