Black bean soup
  • 1 cup dried black beans (about 6 ounces)
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 1 dried chipotle chile
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 (16-ounce) can fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes and green chiles, undrained
  1. To prepare soup, sort and wash beans; place in a large Dutch oven. Cover with water to 2 inches above beans; bring to a boil, and cook 2 minutes. Remove from heat; cover and let stand 1 hour. Drain.
  2. Combine boiling water and chipotle chile in a bowl; let stand 15 minutes or until soft. Drain, seed, and chop.
  3. Heat oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add onion; saute 2 minutes or until tender. Add garlic; saute 1 minute. Add beans, chipotle chile, 2 cups water, oregano, cumin, and broth; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 3 hours or until beans are soft. Place 1 cup of soup in a blender; process until smooth. Return to pan. Stir in pepper and tomatoes; cook until thoroughly heated.
I made this recipe last night. It's a Cooking Light recipe. I liked the idea of using a Chipotle in the soup. I did change it up a bit. I used two cans of black beans, 2 cloves of garlic, 1/4 t. cumin and I used a chipotle in adobo sauce. It was entirely too liquid-y, but still good. I'll experiment with other recipes until I come up with a better one. (I should add that I just realized I forgot to add the can of tomatoes. Oops. That could make a difference)