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Black Bean Soup

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Ingredients
  Water 8 Cup (128 tbs)
  Dried black beans/Dried turtle beans 2 Cup (32 tbs)
  Bay leaves 2
  Parsley stems 4 (Several Required)
  Black peppercorns 10
  Olive oil 1 Tablespoon
  Onions 2 Large, coarsely chopped to make 1 1/2 cups
  Minced garlic 1 Clove (5 gm) (About 5 Fat Cloves)
  Celery rib with leaves 1 , coarsely chopped
  Carrots 2 , peeled and coarsely chopped
  Lemon 1 , quartered
  Salt 2 Teaspoon
  Black pepper To Taste
  Dry sherry 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Thin lemon slices 4 (For Garnish)
Directions

GETTING READY
1. In a piece of cheesecloth or muslin, tie together the bay leaf, parsley, and peppercorns. Keep aside.

MAKING
2. In a large heavy bottomed preferably cast-iron skillet or soup pot, heat water to boiling point over moderate heat.
3. Add the beans to the boiling water.
4. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 1 hour, occasionally skimming the froth that surfaces.
5. In the meantime, in a small skillet, heat the oil over moderately low flame.
6. Add the onion, garlic, celery, carrots and sauté for 2 minutes until onion is limp.
7. Add ½ cup of cooking liquid of boiling beans and cook till vegetables are soft.
8. One the beans have cooked for 1 hours, add the spice bag, soft vegetables, beef or veal bone (if using), lemon quarters and seasonings according to preference.
9. Simmer the soup for 2 hours, until the beans are mushy soft.
10. Use a slotted spoon to remove the lemons, spice bag and bone.
11. Turn the bean-vegetable mixture into a large food processor or liquidizer jar.
12. Blend into a smooth or slightly grainy texture puree if you like
13. Return the puree into the pot
14. Adjust seasoning to taste.
15. Re-heat soup over low heat.
16. Stir in the sherry.
17. If soup is too thick, adjust the consistency by adding hot water accordingly.

SERVING
18. Ladle soup into warmed bowls
19. Garnish the soup with lemon slices and chopped egg white if you like.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Medium
Cuisine: 
Cuban
Course: 
Appetizer
Method: 
Simmering
Dish: 
Soup
Ingredient: 
Bean
Interest: 
Healthy
Preparation Time: 
15 Minutes
Cook Time: 
180 Minutes
Ready In: 
0 Minutes
Servings: 
4

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