Monday, February 9, 2009

Black Bean Soup

I've been munching happily on this soup for lunch all week. It's half leftover, half inspiration, and half made up.  Yes, that makes me bad at math, but it also makes me full and satisfied.  We had some stock leftover from boiling some ham hocks, and I remembered that Nigella makes black bean soup using leftover cooking liquid from her ham and coca cola recipe.  So I used the ham stock and added half a can of coke to replicate that flavor.  Thanks for the idea, Nigella!

1 onion, diced
1 green pepper, diced
2 tbs olive oil

1 lb bag of black beans

ham stock
1/2 can of coca cola

cumin, salt, pepper to taste.

Soak beans overnight.  The next day, saute onions and peppers in oil until soft.  Add beans, stock, and cola.  Add water to cover.  Cook on medium high heat for 1 1/2 to 2 hours or until beans are tender and soup is thick.  Add water as needed. 


Jess said...

That soup looks so good! What does that can of coke do for it? I love black bean soup, its perfect on a winter day with a slice of crusty bread... I tagged you in a "7 random things about myself" post today! I hope you can pass on the torch, and sorry if this is an inconvenience!

Ingrid said...

I'm not familiar with Nigella and her recipes except through various blogs. I might be missing out.

Recently I discovered that I like black beans so that soup looks really good to me. I just wish it was colder right now makes eating soups a lot more fun than 80 degrees.