One of our favorite weeknight soup recipes.
My DSLR is in the hospital so I’m back using my point and shoot for now. Let’s please pray for a speedy recovery, because all of a sudden I can’t take a decent photo to save my life. To interpret, that’s a bowl of soup and the blinding white light in the middle is a dollop of sour cream. :/
We’ve had our first snow in Denver. On Wednesday it was a beautiful Chamber of Commerce day with blue skies and temperatures in the upper 70′s. The trees were showing off a brilliant canopy of Fall colors for the major networks and the Presidential Candidates who were roaring into town for the debate. And then BAM, as they all rolled out of town, temperatures dropped about 40 degrees, American flags were whipping in the wind and an inch of snow soon covered our green grassy areas.
What does all this mean? We added a blanket on the bed and it’s soup season.
I’ve made this soup for years. It’s one of those easy weeknight dinners that’s steaming in the bowl and on the table in a flash. Canned black beans and fully cooked ham steak cooperate in making this a speedy meal. With just a quick saute of sliced carrots and chopped onions, everything is ready for a simmer. A quarter cup of Sherry adds a splash of sophistication. This is one of our favorites.
- 2 large carrots, cleaned and thin sliced
- ½ large yellow onion, chopped
- 4 cloves garlic, diced
- 1 T. olive oil
- 2 t. ground cumin
- 4 C. water
- 2 15-ounce cans black beans, rinsed and drained
- 1½ C. fully cooked ham steak, chopped
- ¼ dry Sherry
- 1 t. beef bouillon
- 1 t. dried oregano
- ⅛ t. ground red pepper flakes
- 2 bay leaves
- ½ C. frozen peas, thawed
- Sour Cream for garnish
- Measure out frozen peas to thaw while you cook. In a large saucepan cook carrots, onion and garlic in hot oil over medium low heat for 3 minutes. Stir in cumin and cook till carrots are tender, about two more minutes. Stir in water, beans, ham, sherry, bouillon, oregano, red pepper flakes and bay leaves. Bring to a boil then reduce heat and simmer uncovered for 20 minutes. Remove and discard bay leaves.
- To serve, ladle soup into bowls, sprinkle with a few peas and a dollop of sour cream.
I’m sending this recipe over to paradise for Deb’s Kahakai Kitchen Souper (Soup, Salad, Sammies) Sundays Event.
And a big thanks to Larry and Bev for providing the ham steak for this recipe. When they were here they presented us with a souvenir care package of Benton’s Country Ham products. WOW, What a treat and thank you, thank you, thank you!
Sherried Black Bean Soup…It’s What’s for Dinner.