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Black Bean Soup

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Ingredients
  Black turtle beans 1 Pound (About 2 1/2 Cups)
  Ham hock/Ham bone / 1/4 pound smoked pork neck bones 1 Pound, smoked
  Onion 1 Medium, chopped
  Dried red chili pods/1 tablespoon mild chili powder 1 , seeds and veins removed
  Ground cumin 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Bay leaf 1
  Freshly ground black pepper To Taste
  Sour cream 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs) (Optional)
  Salt To Taste
Directions

MAKING
1 In a large deep pan,place carefully picked beans with ham hock or bones and cover with water by atleast an inch.Add onion,chile,cumin,bay leaf and bring to a boil.Cover and simmer until the beans are tender,about 2 1/2 hours.
2 Check the soup from time to time to make sure the beans are still covered with water.Add boiling water if necessary.
3 Remove the ham hock and let it cool.Cut meat off the bone,shred it finally and set aside.Discard the skin and bones.
4 Puree the soup in a blender,food processor or food mill.Return soup to the pot,add shredded meat and season to taste.
5 if the soup is too thick,add a little stock instead of water to correct the consistancy.Simmer for 15 inutes before serving.

SERVING
6 Swirl a little lightly beaten sour cream (optional) into the centre of each bowl.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Easy
Cuisine: 
Cuban
Course: 
Appetizer
Method: 
Simmering
Dish: 
Soup
Ingredient: 
Bean
Interest: 
Everyday
Preparation Time: 
10 Minutes
Cook Time: 
25 Minutes
Ready In: 
35 Minutes

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Nutrition Rank

Nutrition Facts

Serving size: Complete recipe

Calories 1953 Calories from Fat 1069

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 119 g183.6%

Saturated Fat 41.4 g206.8%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 279.8 mg93.3%

Sodium 2760.6 mg115%

Total Carbohydrates 122 g40.6%

Dietary Fiber 26 g104.1%

Sugars 17.2 g

Protein 102 g204%

Vitamin A 19.9% Vitamin C 28.8%

Calcium 34.5% Iron 66.8%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet

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Black Bean Soup Recipe