Black bean soup with sweet potatoes

Black bean soup with sweet potatoes

The sweet potatoes in this soup contrast nicely with the tang of the yogurt and the tartness of the lime. Aniseed lends an unusual hint of licorice flavor. You can store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
Black bean soup with sweet potatoes

Ingredients :

  1. 2 T bs. vegetable oil
  2. 2 medium yellow onions, chopped
  3. 3 medium cloves garlic, coarsely chopped
  4. 11/2 tsp. ground coriander
  5. 1 tsp. ground cumin
  6. 1/4 tsp. aniseed
  7. Freshly ground black pepper
  8. 2 quarts lower-salt chicken broth or homemade vegetable broth
  9. 4 15.5-oz. or two 29-oz. cans black beans, rinsed and drained
  10. 2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into medium dice
  11. Kosher salt
  12. 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  13. 8 paper-thin lime slices

Instructions :

1. Heat the oil over medium heat in a 6-quart (or larger) Dutch oven. Add the onions and cook, stirring occasionally, until starting to soften and brown slightly, about 8 minutes. Add the garlic, coriander, cumin, aniseed, and 1/4 tsp. pepper and cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the broth, beans, sweet potatoes, and 3/4 tsp. salt and bring to a boil over high heat, skim any foam as necessary. Reduce the heat and simmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the sweet potatoes are tender, about 15 minutes.
2. Using a slotted spoon, set aside 3 cups of the beans and potatoes. Purée the remaining soup in batches in a blender. Return the solids to the soup and season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve topped with a dollop of the yogurt and a lime slice.


310 C ALOR IES  | 17g PRO TEIN | 51g C ARB | 6g TOTAL FAT | 1g S AT FAT | 2.5g MONO FAT | 2g PO LY FAT | 0mg CHO L | 370mg SOD IUM | 11g FIBER

Tips for freezing soup :

Many soups freeze easily, so they’re great instant meals for busy nights. Follow these tips for best results.
• Chill soup thoroughly before freezing; this allows it to freeze faster. The ice crystals that form will be smaller, so your soup will have better texture and flavor.
• Freeze soup in plastic containers, leaving about 1/2 inch at the top to allow for expansion. Or fill plastic freezer bags about three-quarters full and squeeze out as much air as possible.
• Freeze soups in large amounts or in smaller, portion-size containers that are ready to heat and serve. The smaller the container, the quicker it will freeze and defrost.
• Before freezing, cover, label, and date your soup. As a general rule, stocks and broths can be frozen for up to 6 months; vegetable soups, about 4 months; meat, fish, or chicken soups, about 3 months; and soups with egg and cream, about 2 months.
• Keep a thermometer in the freezer to make sure the temperature remains constant at 0°F. If you’re freezing a large quantity at once, turn the thermostat to its coldest setting until the soup freezes.
• Leave the soup in its container and defrost in the refrigerator, microwave oven, or under cold running water. You can also remove it from the container and reheat the frozen soup in a saucepan over low heat. A microwave oven is better for reheating small amounts of soup.
• Serve soup as soon as possible after defrosting.
• Don’t be alarmed if puréed soup separates after defrosting. To fix it, just whisk it back together.
• Be aware that soups containing cream, wine, or lemon juice (or those thickened with eggs or flour) don’t always freeze well. When reheating, simmer gently and whisk constantly to prevent curdling. Or better yet, add these ingredients after reheating.

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