Black Bean Soup
  • Servings: 12
  • 1 pound dried black beans
  • 6 bacon slices, chopped
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 3/4 cup chopped carrot
  • 3/4 cup chopped celery
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 jalapeños±o pepper, seeded and minced
  • 4 (14-ounce) cans fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 (14-ounce) can crushed tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 (14-ounce) can diced tomatoes with garlic and onions, undrained
  • 1/3 cup minced fresh cilantro
  • 4 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3/4 cup reduced-fat sour cream
  1. Sort and wash beans; place in a large bowl. Cover with water to 2 inches above beans; cover and let stand 8 hours or overnight. Drain and rinse beans.
  2. Cook bacon in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat until crisp. Remove bacon from pan, reserving drippings in pan. Add onion, carrot, and celery to drippings in pan; sauté 10 minutes or until tender. Add garlic and jalapeño; sauté 2 minutes. Add beans, bacon, broth, and tomatoes; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 1 1/2 hours or until beans are tender. Place 4 cups soup in a blender or food processor; let stand 5 minutes. Process until smooth; return pureed soup to pan. Stir in cilantro, lime juice, salt, and pepper. Serve with sour cream.
  3. Yield: 12 servings (serving size: 1 cup soup and 1 tablespoon sour cream)
This is a recipe I found in Cooking Light magazine and altered to suit my own tastes. Notes: Buy the dried beans from someplace with a high turnover rate, because the older the beans, the longer they have to soak. This is wonderful served with fresh cornbread.