Sweets can make us happy when we are sad. Sweets can brighten up a friends day. Sweets can be the perfect ending to a hectic week. Sweets can be a “just because”. However, sweets should not actually sustain us. Sweets are meant to be a treat of sorts, and although sometimes that pint of ice cream disappears in one night and becomes a meal…that should not be a regular occurrence. To ensure we do not depend on sweets for our nourishment, I conjured up this gem of a soup during the 25 days of holiday treats.
I will not go into my “love for soup” discussion as this has been rehashed several times, but really…who does not like soup?
This is a quick and easy but jam packed with flavor bean soup that I thoroughly enjoyed. Although there was no meat in my bean soup, I do perceive that the addition of some bacon would mesh quite deliciously with the flavor if you in fact needed some meat or some more heartiness to the soup.
Adapted from the Soup Bible
1 15 oz. can of black beans
1 15 oz. can of red kidney beans
roughly 6 tbsp. sea salt (or kosher)
2 tbsp olive oil
3 carrots, chopped
1 onion, chopped
1 stick celery, chopped
1 tbsp minced garlic (about 1-2 garlic cloves)
1 tsp. cumin
1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp. dried oregano
1/4 cup red wine (water)
4-5 cups vegetable stock
1 cup water
salt and pepper to taste
1) Heat oil in a large pot on low-medium heat.
2) Add carrots, onion, celery and garlic and cook over heat for 8-10 minutes, stirring until softened.
3) Add the wine (optional), stock, water and mix ingredients together.
4) Add the beans to the pot. Bring to a boil, the reduce heat and simmer for about 20 minutes. Stir occasionally.
5) Transfer the soup to a food processor (or blender) and process until nice and smooth. Note: You may have to transfer half the soup first and then the other half.
6) Return smooth soup to the pot, reheat and adjust the seasoning to taste.
7) Top with a dollop of sour cream and some herbs (if desired).
8) Share and enjoy!
This took a simple and basic bean soup and kicked up the flavor which provided a reason to come back for more. And more. And more.