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Black Bean and Beer Soup November 9, 2011

Filed under: soups and stews — meier1014 @ 8:24 pm

I love soup. It just one do those foods that soothes the soul, especially rich and hearty soups like this one. Bean soups are quite easy, especailly if you’re using canned beans, it’s just a matter of getting everything together and putting it in your pot. I personally suggest using a cast iron dutch oven, if you have one, because it will give the soup more flavor. If you don’t have one a large pot will work well.

Black Bean and Beer Soup

Ingredients:
1 medium red onion, chopped
1 tbs minced garlic
1 tbs ground cumin
3 cups cooked or canned black beans, drained
1 bottle beer ( I used a Shiner Bock. You can use basically anything, as long as it’s a darker beer)
3 cups chicken stock
Salt
Pepper
1 cup grated cheese, optional (I used cheddar this time, but any cheese will work)

Directions:
-Put oil in your dutch oven, or large deep pot, over medium heat
-Add onion when the oil is hot and cook, stirring, until soft, approx 5 minutes
-Stir in garlic and cumin and cook for another minute
-Add beans, beer, stock, and some salt and pepper
-Raise heat to medium high and bring to a boil, then lower heat to medium low and cook, stirring occasionally for about 10 minutes
-Turn off heat
-Puree some of the soup with an immersion blender or in a blender
-Add cheese and stir
-Taste and adjust seasonings
-Garnish with more cheese if desired

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