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    Simple Black Bean Soup

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    14 hrs 15 mins

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    Chef Jean's Note:

    This is an easy to make soup, but has a very simple flavor. I like to make it and add different flavors for a quick lunch or snack. I use salsa and sour cream, or rice, ham and green onions, or just load it up with cheeses.

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    1. 1
      Rinse and sort the beans. Cover them with several inches of water and soak overnight.
    2. 2
      Drain the beans and put in large pot.
    3. 3
      Add the water, broth and ham hock. Bring to a boil then turn down to a simmer. Simmer for about 2 hours.
    4. 4
      Add additional water if beans become visible.
    5. 5
      Remove ham hock and let cool just until you can safely handle it.
    6. 6
      Remove the skin from the ham hock and discard. Finely dice the meat and discard the bone.
    7. 7
      Puree about half the beans in a blender or with a emulsion blender.
    8. 8
      Return the pureed beans to the pot and add the diced ham.
    9. 9
      Add seasonings and taste. Adjust if needed.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on April 07, 2010


      I really enjoyed this soup. The supermarket didn't have any pork hocks, smoked or otherwise, so I substituted smoked sausage. I also added some leftover veggies that I had in the fridge. I love how easy it is to throw together - not even an onion to chop. My soup ended up being more watery than I expected. Next time I would add less water only adjusting the quantity if necessary. Made for Spring 2010 PAC.

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    • on March 12, 2009


      I made this even easier by starting with a 15 oz can of black beans to make a half amount. I skipped adding any salt, used 4 oz of ham and minced onion and garlic in place of the powder (I like chunks). The outcome was a beautifully flavored soup that I greatly enjoyed for a light and healthy lunch.

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    • on July 03, 2008


      I made half the recipe. This was very good and the only change I made was to substitute chili powder for the red pepper. I ended up with half going into the freezer for later. When I thaw the leftovers I will note here if it freezes well. Thank you for choosing me in the Help a Camera-less Chef Game #5.

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    Nutritional Facts for Simple Black Bean Soup

    Serving Size: 1 (228 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 14

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 125.1
    Calories from Fat 10
    Total Fat 1.1 g
    Saturated Fat 0.1 g
    Cholesterol 0.6 mg
    Sodium 838.9 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 20.8 g
    Dietary Fiber 5.0 g
    Sugars 0.8 g
    Protein 8.8 g

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