It’s been a roller coaster of spring-like temperatures and freezing, regular February temperatures around here the last few weeks. That plus the lovely no six diet (no: dairy, wheat,eggs, fish, soy or peanuts) diet I’m on to help baby A’s digestive issues means we’ve had to get very creative with dinners. Luckily for me, J has taken the changes to our culinary repertoire in stride and has come up with a lot of alternatives to our favorite dishes. He found this lovely one from Food and Wine magazine. Since I was baby A wrangling, I only got a picture of the finished product.
Mexican Black Bean Soup with Sausage Recipe
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 medium white or yellow onion finely chopped
- 3 tablespoons garlic cloves very finely chopped (we used about 3of minced garlic, but we like garlic a lot)
- 1 teaspoon canned chipotle chile seeded and finely chopped (since we didn't have this on hand, we used 1ground chipotle)
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- Two 15-ounce cans black beans drained
- 3 cups chicken stock or canned low-sodium broth
- 3/4 pound smoky cooked sausage such as andouille or kielbasa, thinly sliced (we just went with two andouille)
- 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice plus wedges for garnish
- 2 tablespoons very finely chopped cilantro
- Salt and freshly ground pepper
- Sour cream for serving we left this out because it's dairy
- In a medium saucepan, heat the olive oil until shimmering.
- Add the onion and cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally until softened, about 3 minutes.
- Add the garlic and the chipotle or ground chipotle, cumin and oregano and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 2 minutes.
- Add the black beans and chicken stock and simmer, partially covered, for 15 minutes.
- Using a potato masher, coarsely crush some of the beans (we skipped this step).
- Meanwhile, heat a large skillet over high heat.
- Add the sausage and cook until browned, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes.
- Add the sausage to the beans.
- Then add the lime juice and cilantro. Season with salt and pepper.
- Simmer the soup for 2 minutes to allow the flavors to blend, or longer if you'd like!
- Ladle the soup into bowls and serve, passing the sour cream and lime wedges separately.
I wasn’t sure what to expect, but this ended up being very filling and just the right amount of heat to warm me from the inside. It’s absolutely a soup we will add to the rotation, even once we (hopefully!) can start adding the no items back to my diet.