Thursday, January 22, 2009

Roasted Red Pepper & Black Bean Soup

Last week we opened a jar of roasted red peppers to make Smoky Sausage & Rice Soup & a can of chipotle in adobo to make Shortcut Tacos al Pastor. So I knew when I was coming up with this weeks menu I wanted to make something that would use both of those things. We also had a ton to dried black beans on hand from our last CSA delivery. I decided these would make a fabulous soup together.
Roasted Red Pepper & Black Bean Soup
I wanted the roasted red pepper to be the star of the broth of this soup instead of making a a black bean soup with some red peppers in it. The chipotle in adobe added a fabulous flavor & scent to the soup though be careful it also adds a lot of heat. Using dried beans instead of canned means they didn't get all mushy in the soup & added a nice texture.

Roasted Red Pepper & Black Bean Soup

1 c dried black beans
1/2 T olive oil
1 c red onion, roughly chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
8 oz roasted red pepper, roughly chopped (about 2 cups)
1/2 - 1 chipotle pepper in adobe (more or less according to the heat you like)
1/2 t dried oregano
1 cup loosely packed fresh parsley, chopped
2 c chicken broth
sour cream

Pick through the beans for any stones & place in a pot with a lid. Cover with boiling water about 1 inch above the beans. Let sit until twice in size, at least an hour or two.

In a soup pot heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the onion & garlic & cook until very tender. Stir in the peppers, oregano, parsley & a good pinch of salt. Cook or about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the chicken broth. Using a blender or immersion blender process until smooth.

Stir in the soaked beans & bring to a boil. Cover & reduce heat. Simmer for about 1 hour or until beans are tender. Use a fork to smash some of the beans if you wish to thicken it a bit more.

Serve with a dollop of sour cream or plain yogurt.

2 main dish servings


Giff said...

if I was at a restaurant, you couldn't keep me from this dish. Ship me some?! :)

Deborah said...

I actually think I have some roasted red peppers in the fridge that need to be used!

Jersey Girl Cooks said...

This looks like another soup I want to make this winter.

eatingclubvancouver_js said...

I've been craving something black-beany lately. This looks fabulous!

Peter M said...

Kat, not only does this look comforting but it's peppers and blacks - hell yeah.

Anonymous said...

This looks so delicious, and the addition of chipotle must have been fantastic!

Thistlemoon said...

Wow, Kat, I don't think I would have ever put these ingredients together like that! I love it!

Alicia Foodycat said...

Wow that looks good! Such a comforting-looking soup.

Cathy - wheresmydamnanswer said...

This will be perfect on a cold cozy night - Looks great!!

Anonymous said...

Definitely a winter soup - and looks awfully good to me right now as I just can't stop shivering today! Will have to try to give this one a go VERY soon. The chipolte in there intrigues me...

grace said...

one of the most valuable items in my kitchen is chipotle peppers in adobe sauce--i toss them in all kinds of stuff, willy-nilly. your soup looks perfect, kat. :)

Hayley said...

I love eating soups in this chilly weather. Thanks for sharing!

Lori said...

I pretty much love black bean anything. This recipe looks like a keeper. I have a ham bone in the freezer from my Mom and I think it will be adding some flavor to a black bean soup! Now I think I may have to add some red peppers.

Sara @ Our Best Bites said...

Just found you through Tastespotting and the description of this soup made me drool! I just posted black bean soup this week too. Yours looks fantastic and I can't wait to try it!

Dewi said...

Mmmm, what happen if skip the blackbean? will it still be good?
Sounds tempting though.

Anonymous said...

mmm, the chipotle must really add a zing to the soup - yummy!

Anonymous said...

This looks so delicious. I can't wait to try it out!

Sam Hoffer / My Carolina Kitchen said...

Some of my favorite ingredients: black beans, roasted red peppers and chipotles. I keep the roasted peppers and chipotles in my refrig and I'm never without black beans in the pantry. I've got to give this a try.

test it comm said...

This soup sounds good and I have a bunch of roasted red peppers in the freezer.

to2sassy said...

PERFECT! I bought a bag of Black beans a month ago and could not find the recipe I had planned on using them. These simple flavors sound wonderful!

Carrie said...

I tried this out earlier this week, and I can't even say how much I loved it! So many great flavors. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

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