Paladini Potpie

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Rainy October Black Bean Soup


The first rain of the season continues…  It started yesterday. And it poured last night as the baseball game came to a stunning finish. This morning I’m still carried along on a wave of delight.  There, in the pouring rain, the San Francisco Giants won the 2012 National League Pennant! We are going to have an Orange and Black October!

So what kind of soup do I make for bible study dinner tonight?  Since many of the ladies are Giants’ fans, I should make something orange or black.  I could make Spicy Orange Pumpkin Soup… or Black Bean Soup… Hmmmm…

Well, since I don’t feel like heading out into the rain in search of pumpkins I guess I’ll go with Black Bean.

This is how I make it:

October Black Bean Soup

3 cups black beans

9 cups water

3 med onions, diced

1 bell pepper, chopped (red, yellow or green)

1 TBSP cumin seed

8 garlic cloves, minced

3 TBSP olive oil

½ tsp (more or less) cayenne

Heat olive oil in your heavy bottomed soup pot

Add onions, bell pepper and garlic

Sauté until onions are transparent

Add water, beans and cumin seed

Bring to a boil.

Lower heat and simmer, covered for about 3 hours or until beans are very soft.

(You may need to add more water as it cooks. Keep beans covered with water.)

When the beans are very soft ladle some into your blender.

Whirl for about 30 seconds, then return to the soup pot.

Mix well

Simmer until ready to serve.

I like to garnish it with shredded hard boiled eggs, grated cheese and sour cream; and serve it with my crusty Italian bread.

(Maybe next week we’ll go for Spicy Pumpkin Soup… In the meantime, Go Giants!)


Author: paladinipotpie

Welcome! My name is Andrena Paladini and this is a blog about family and love and faith and fun. I call it Paladini Potpie because a potpie is like an adventure in a crust. You never know what might come up, but it’s always going to be good! Think of the best potpie you’ve ever eaten…hot flaky crust holding a rich savory sauce and all kinds of pieces of meat and vegetables…and who knows what? As a family, we’ve chosen to live within the parameters of God’s love and protection. This is the crust of our Paladini Potpie. The crust never changes. Within this crust, the savory sauce of family love binds it all together. That is also fairly constant. But beyond the crust and the sauce we can add just about anything! Good ideas come our way and we’ve adopted and adapted them to add to what John calls our treasure box of memories. These stories and ideas from John’s treasure box of memories are the ingredients I’m putting into our Paladini Potpie. (Okay, so this ridiculous mixing of metaphors about treasure boxes and potpies is exactly what I’m talking about. Silly and ungrammatically correct. But both illustrations work… so we’ll mix them together and it’ll be just fine!) John and I have been married for 30 years. Our children have wonderfully doubled in number since David married Amanda, Monica married Dan, and Matthew married Sarah. And the newest little treats that have been added to our potpie are six adorable grandchildren - Ethan, Angelina, Nathan, Audrey, Maleia and Caleb! I hope you’ll subscribe to my Paladini Potpie blog, and keep up with all the fun new ingredients I add. Hopefully you’ll enjoy our stories and ideas, and find something you’ll want to put into your own potpie! Bon appétit!

8 thoughts on “Rainy October Black Bean Soup

  1. It was so good.

  2. I am trying this soup on Sunday! Thanks for sharing!

  3. I guess there will be no CORFing this week. YOUR guys did great. : )

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