The pictures are ugly (and so is the soup), but this soup is too easy, cheap, and weather appropriate to let sit unblogged. In fact, I like it so much that I submitted it to Cate for ARF-5 a Day #99. Given that three out of the top 5 antioxidant-rich foods are beans, it certainly fits, and ARF-5 always inspires me to be more creative with whatever I have lying around. This recipe makes a big pot of soup (I think I got 10 main-course servings out of it, and there’s more in the freezer)
Of course, I feel obligated to tell you that I could *not* convince the boy to try it. Not even a spoonful. Too healthy, I guess, he seems to only eat beans in “Mexican” food. The beans are pretty obvious, so there’s no hiding them in my version. However, I suspect that it would be equally good blended if you have a blender.
2 strips bacon or 2 T olive oil
1-2 onions, any kind
4 cloves garlic, sliced thinly
12 cups of vegetable stock (or, if pressed for time, 12 cups water, an extra half-onion, a few sliced carrots, and a few celery slices. they’ll blend right in in the end)
1 bag dried mixed beans (I like the Goya soup mix with the “ham flavor” tossed out), pre-soaked
2 cups potato, cubed (optional)
2 tomatoes, diced (or 1 cup canned tomato product of some sort0
salt, pepper, and fresh herbs (I like rosemary) when available
Place olive oil or bacon on the bottom of a large, thick bottomed pot. Cook (if bacon) until crispy, then break up the pieces with a fork. If olive oil, wait until the oil is hot. Then add onion (and carrot and celery, if needed) on medium-low heat until soft, 5-7 minutes. Add garlic and cook another minute. Add stock, beans, potato, and tomato and simmer until beans are fully cooked. Season to taste (add another few minutes of simmering if adding fresh herbs at the end). Serve with a fresh salad, corn chips, or hearty bread if you’d like. All go, but none are really necessary.
Stay tuned, if you will, for black bean soup, boy style– probably coming next month. Weird not to need to meal plan anymore. It was a good challenge, but actually cost more money in the end. Anyone else have that experience?