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Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Black Bean & Sweet Potato Soup


The weather's been dreary, cloudy, rainy, and just plain dark, so tonight I was craving a warm, bright, comforting one-bowl meal. This Black Bean & Sweet Potato soup with dino kale, jalapenos, and cilantro was the perfect antedote. It was quite hot with the jalapenos and salsa, full of richness with that dark green dino kale, and pleasantly sweet with the orange sweet potato. Add the black beans, and this was a meal full of protein and sustenance.

It was also ready in less than half an hour. Here's the recipe:

Black Bean & Sweet Potato Soup:

1 tbsp olive oil
1 onion, finely diced
1 large clove garlic, minced
1 sweet potato, peeled and diced
1 cup salsa (I used Picante Medium)
1/2 cup tomato puree
1 cup water
6 spanish olives, chopped
8 sliced jalapeno (I used from a jar 'cos I couldn't find the fresh one that's somewhere in my fridge), chopped
1 bunch dino kale, ribbed and leaves torn
3/4 cup canned black beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 bunch cilantro, chopped

Heat the oil in a heavy bottomed saucepan. Gently fry the onion over low heat until soft. Add the garlic and cook 2 minutes. Add the diced sweet potato, cover and cook for 4-5 minutes. Uncover and add the salsa, tomato puree, water, chopped olives and jalapenos and bring to a boil. Turn down to a simmer and cook 4-5 minutes. Add the kale and cook 3-4 minutes. Add the black beans and cook 3-4 minutes. Add the chopped cilantro and cook 2 minutes.

Enjoy in a cosy setting.

12 Comments:

Blogger Lydia said...

Yum! Last winter I started making a black bean and sweet potato chili. The combination of the flavors and colors make it a real winner -- like his soup.

3:05 AM  
Blogger Christine said...

This looks wonderfully comforting, Catherine. Especially to one who is home nursing the flu, feeling like she may never cook again. Sniff!

1:47 PM  
Blogger muffintop said...

You're way ahead of me on the fall cooking, Catherine. Yes, it was dreary, cloudy, wet and cold yesterday.
But it cleared up today, and we had cheese 'n crackers 'n olives 'n sliced salami on the patio for lunch.
I LOVE your recipes. They are so you.

3:03 PM  
Blogger Catherine said...

Christine - I hope you feel better! I know so many voiceless people right now!

muffintop - it's hard to beat the simplicity of cheese 'n' crackers 'n olives. I remember detesting olives, having nghtmares of being forced to eat them, and now I make special trips just for the olives.

I'm actually really enjoying snacking on saltines with sliced havarti right now. Must have been that Eggplant book....

7:45 PM  
Blogger Melody Polakow said...

Looks and sounds like a perfect fall dinner. Black beans, greens and orange veggies rock.

12:49 PM  
Blogger Aisling said...

Delicious and pretty too! How can you beat that!

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