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A good soup, especially for the effort. It's a nice weeknight-throw together-and-have-lots-of-left-overs for-lunch soup.
5 Stars. "May I have more?" asked DH. Yum. This was so-ooo-oh good. And I goofed, big time. Relying on my local supermarket, I used regular refried beans (Pinto beans!?!?), then realized I would not be able to resell my house due to lack of proximity to Whole Foods Market or Trader Joe's. Panic set in. I warned DH not to judge the recipe based on its looks, because -- in all honesty -- the pinto beans dominated the color, and that's not the most appetizing color. I need not have worried. The taste was that of a superior bean soup, we both had seconds and thirds, and froze enough for another meal. For me, I had finally found a black bean soup that did not need a shot of sherry for kick. For DH, this earned me forgiveness for a week's worth of my transgressions. It was soulfully good. I forgot the lime juice; we were in heaven without it, but I grant you, lime juice sets off black beans very nicely. I'll remember it next time. For this soup, if I can't find the refried black beans, I would use Recipe 23705, Light Refried Black Beans. It's better that the soup be mainly black, for aesthetics; the corn will accent it nicely, and the addition of raw red bell pepper strips for garnish, or drained tomato salsa would also rev up the presentation. The fat content of the refried beans performs the magic of providing a thick, satisfying soup. Using a pulverizing stick won't attain the desired result, I don't think. Feel free to prove me wrong. This is a definite keeper. Good luck in the contest.
4 stars Nice hearty soup. I love black beans.The lime and tomatoes give it a nice tang. I think next time I will use more cheese, or use a smoked gouda, as the flavor kind of got lost.
We really enjoyed this quick and easy soup. Initially, I thought that it was a little bland, but once the toppings were added, the flavor really perked up. I used all of the toppings and I feel that they are a must! Additional toppings of fresh, chopped tomato and green onions would also be wonderful with this soup. I used 1/2 tsp. of cayenne pepper and we thought that provided just the right amount of zip. Overall, we really liked this soup and I would make it again. Good luck in the contest.
GREAT SOUP! Hearty and flavorful. Perfect for winter. I used half the amount of beans and stock and all else the same. I used jalapeno refried beans. I would have preferred it even chunkier but I guess it would be more like chili then. Good luck in the contest!