Monday, August 31, 2015

Black Bean Sweet Potato Soup

It's almost fall and soup is a hot item on the menu! This slightly smoky, spicy, and sweet soup is full of satiating ingredients and flavor.

2 cans of black beans, rinsed and drained (or 3 cups of homemade cooked black beans)
1 large onion, diced small
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 large carrots, cut into 1-inch chunks (I just washed but did not peel them)
½ red bell pepper, diced
½ yellow bell pepper, diced
2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks
4 cups vegetable broth
2 t. cumin powder
1 t. coriander powder (unless you don’t like cilantro)
½-1 t. ancho chili powder
½ t. salt (or more to taste)
3 grinds of black pepper
2-3 drops (or more!) of liquid smoke (optional)

Pressure Cooker Instructions:
In your electric pressure cooker, steamfry onions  with a bit of broth or water for about 5 minutes on the BROWN or SAUTÉ setting. Add the minced garlic and cook for 1 more minute. Add all of the rest of the ingredients and set the pressure manually to 5 minutes with QUICK RELEASE. Open the top of your pressure cooker and stir the mixture. Make sure the carrots and sweet potatoes are tender. Remove 2 cups of the mixture and blend in your blender. Return the blended mixture to the soup, stir in to thicken it. Add salt and pepper if needed.

On the Stovetop:
Steamfry onions  with a bit of broth or water for about 5 minutes over medium heat. Add the minced garlic and cook for 1 more minute. Add all of the rest of the ingredients. Bring the mixture to a slow, rolling boil, then reduce to low heat, cover and let simmer for about 20-25 minutes. Test the sweet potatoes to make sure they are tender. Remove 2 cups of the mixture and blend in your blender. Return the blended mixture to the soup, stir in to thicken it. Add salt and pepper if needed.

Yields 4-6 servings

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    1. I would put all the ingredients (EXCEPT the cooked black beans) in the slow cooker, stir together well, and cook it all day on LOW. Add the black beans in at the end for 30 minutes. If you need to kick up the heat to high, you can.

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