Prep 10 mins
Cook 2 hrs
I invented this recipe way back when I was a vegetarian (for 4-1/2 years!) Then when I became non-vegetarian again I just tweaked it a little. It's a hearty and tasty soup, easy to make & doesn't take long, either. I originally posted just one recipe for it but Andy said it was too complicated, so I'm breaking it into 2 recipes. This one is if you're using dried, #1 is if you are using canned beans.
- 1 1⁄3 cups dried black beans
- 1 (28 ounce) can tomatoes, diced small and NOT drained
- 0.5 (12 ounce) can beer (It can be any kind, non-alcoholic, or club soda if you are stongly opposed to cooking with alcohol.)
- 1⁄2 cup brown rice (IF vegetarian) or 1⁄2 cup barley (IF vegetarian)
- 1⁄2-1 lb ground round (obviously if non-veg)
- 3⁄4 cup diced celery
- 3⁄4 cup finely chopped carrot
- 1 medium parsnip, finely chopped (IF vegetarian)
- 2 tablespoons olive oil (if vegetarian)
- 1⁄2 medium onion, chopped
- 4 -5 garlic cloves, finely minced
- 1 bay leaf
- any kind hot pepper (optional)
- 1 knorr vegetable bouillon cubes or 1 beef bouillon cube
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- Clean and soak the black beans overnight.
- Drain and rinse in a colander.
- Place in a dutch oven with 2 quarts of water and add a little salt.
- Bring to a boil and cook until just done. If necessary add water to keep them cooking until the desired state of doneness, but do not add too much water unless you like your soup thin. We won't be draining the beans.
- Add the beer and rice or barley to the pot now.
- If NOT vegetarian: brown the ground round with the minced garlic & chopped onion then add to the pot of beans.
- If vegetarian: saute the onion and garlic in the olive oil until onion starts becoming translucent then add to the pot.
- Add the tomatoes, parsnips, carrots, celery, bay leaf, hot peppers, bouillon and black pepper to the pot.
- Bring to a boil, cover and turn heat down to low. Cook 20 minutes.
- Take the lid off, stir, sample and make sure the grain (if veg) is done; if so, now is the time to add salt if needed. I have found, for myself, it is not necessary to add any.
- If not completely done to your liking, put the lid back on and cook an additional 5 minutes.
- Take the lid off, stir and sample again. If still not done to your liking, Repeat the last step. Otherwise, if done --.
- As stated for Vegetarian omit the meat, also omit the Beef Bouillon Cube and use a Vegan or Vegetarian Beer or beverage.