So, I am a bit down lately, mostly because:
- I am a writer
- I live in the U.S.
I gave up and am giving you all this – the Black Bean Soup that Reflects the State of My Inner Soul Right This Second Because I am DIRE.
Black Bean Soup Because The World Sucks
Sometimes the world sucks and you need a dark soup to match your feelings. Am I right?
This is a new version of a black bean soup I wrote about before. You can never have enough black bean soup recipes. Can you?
- 3 tbsp olive or vegetable oil
- 2 whole onions chopped
- 6 whole garlic cloves chopped/pressed
- 3 ribs celery chopped
- 1 whole carrot chopped
- 5 tsp cumin
- .5 tsp red pepper flakes or hot sauce to taste really
- 60 oz black beans canned, drained
- 2 tsp lime juice
- .5 cup cilantro optional, to taste
- 4 cups broth!
Heat oil in soup pot over medium heat.
Stare at it until it shimmers.
Remember when you used to shimmer.
Throw in the onions, celery and carrot.
Sigh again because honestly? What is the point.
Put in salt, blood pressure be damned.
Stir once in awhile. Eventually the vegetable will get soft.
"Eventually" is 10 to 15 minutes. This is a much shorter 'eventually' than when waiting for your editor to return your email. But whatever.
Add in the smelly things - garlic, cumin and red pepper flakes.
Wonder if you're a smelly thing? When did you last bathe? Was it before 2018? Join the club.
Cook until things smell more than you do - 30 seconds.
It's time for the dark soul part of this soup. You are miserable, aren't you? Yes, writer you are.
Add beans. Add broth.
Put the heat on medium high and watch it simmer. Reduce it so it only simmers gently. If only YOU were simmering gently, but honestly? The state of the world makes you SIMMER INTO ROARING, doesn't it? Yes. Yes. It does.
Soup is not you though. So simmer GENTLY for 30 minutes, or else it will boil over and stick to the pot and believe me, you do not have the emotional reserves to deal with that mess.
Put about 4 cups into a blender (make sure not to overload your blender because it is hot and you will get burned and you probably don't have the medical insurance to deal with that if you are an American writer).
You can also use a hot-pink immersion blender if you are tired of the darkness of this soup, your soul, and this world.
JUST BE CAREFUL!
Put the blended stuff back in the soup pot. Mix. Add in cilantro, lime juice, salt and pepper.
Man Verdict – It tastes sad.
Dog Verdict – Isn’t this not good for dogs?
My Verdict – Yep. Uh-huh.
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