A tasty, light bean soup. Inspired by Lorna Sass' recipe in "Great Vegetarian Cooking Under Pressure". I've eliminated oil and increased the zip. I love that it can be on the table in well under 30 minutes.
- 1 cup vegetable broth (good when made with broth from potato peels, onion skins and garlic!)
- 2 tablespoons minced garlic
- 2 large onions, chopped
- 1 large red bell pepper, seeded and diced
- 1 1⁄2 cups dried pinto beans, rinsed, sorted, and soaked overnight
- 2 teaspoons oregano (mexican oregano, if you can find it)
- 2 teaspoons cumin
- 2 chipotle chiles (if dried, stem and mince. If canned, smash and add a bit of the adobo sauce)
- 4 cups water
- 2 cups corn kernels
- 3 ounces tomato paste
- 1 lime, juice of
- salt and pepper
- diced tomato
- diced avocado
- minced cilantro
- chopped green onion
- Place 1 cup of vegetable broth in 4 quart (or larger pressure cooker). Bring to a full simmer.
- Add garlic to broth, simmer 1 minute.
- Add chopped onions and diced red bell pepper to garlic broth mix. Simmer 2 minutes.
- Drain and rinse pinto beans from overnight soak. Add to the mixture in the pressure cooker.
- Add oregano, cumin, chipotle peppers, corn and water to the pressure cooker.
- Bring to a full boil. Seal cooker with lid and bring to high pressure.
- Cook beans at high pressure for 10 minutes. Allow pressure to come down naturally (or you may use speed release if your pressure cooker supports this).
- Put tomato paste in blender. Add 1 cup of the bean mixture to the blender and puree.
- Return the pureed mixture to the cooker and season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Garnish with diced tomatoes, cilantro and avocado and green onions.
I've made this soup dozens of times. It's alway a hit and a great stand-by for me Many thanks to the chef.
Tastes great, but I'd not call it "light", as it's very hearty and filling. Be sure to serve it with a wedge of lime, the acidity adds a bright, fresh note that bean soups really need. Also, when pressure cooking beans a small amount of oil is recommended to prevent the beans from foaming up and clogging the valves. I used a ham hock in mine, and I agree that a little Mexican chorizo would be a great addition, as it contains vinegar and would also provide a little "chew" to the texture. My skeptical husband really enjoyed this soup.
My family enjoyed this easy to make soup. Thanks for the recipe.