Black Bean and Sweet Potato Soup

black bean soup.JPG

Here in New Jersey its frigid.  Its 100% winter.  Sometimes when its this cold, I like to ignore it.   Not completely, I mean shorts & flip flops would be evidence of insanity, but a little mid-week, melt-me fiesta...? extremely sane.

This soup is perfect for my mood right now.  Its warm, spicy and creamy with a hint of the sunny, bright tropics.  Lime & cilantro will do that.   Margaritas will too.

Here's what you'll need:

  • 2  13 oz cans of black beans, rinsed
  • 3 sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed 
  • 2  white onions
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 4 cups chicken broth, low sodium
  • cilantro, 3 tbsp. chopped
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • Lime, juiced
  • Hot sauce, 3-4 shakes (we like Outerlimits Jalepeno Lime)
  • salt & pepper

For Garnish:

  • fat free sour cream
  • lime slices
  • cilantro

Here's what you'll do:

1.  In a large saucepan or Dutch oven, add the olive oil and chopped onion.  Cook on medium heat for 5-8 minutes until translucent and slightly browned.  Stir often.

2.  Add the garlic and all spices including salt & pepper, stir to combine.   Add broth, beans and sweet potato.  Add water or extra broth to cover, approximately 2 cups.   Heat until it reaches a boil.

3.  Reduce heat to low and let simmer uncovered for 15-20 minutes, until sweet potatoes are fork tender.   

4. If you are using a blender, let the soup cool.  Then ladle 3/4 of the soup into the blender in batches.  Blend until smooth and reserve in a separate large bowl.   Return the blended soup to the remaining unblended soup into the pot and stir.  Store or reheat at this point.

5.  If you are using a emulsion blender, blend leaving some chunks of potato and whole beans. 

6.  Once blended to your preference, stir in lime juice.  Taste for deliciousness and season with salt & pepper as needed.   Ladle into serving bowls and top with lime slices, sour cream and cilantro leaves.

Stay cozy, my friends.

xo & a pinch,