Black Bean Soup


A solar cooked hearty bean soup always makes for a good dinner.

Sun Oven Cuban Black Bean Soup


1 pound dried black beans, picked over, rinsed, soaked overnight, and drained

12 cups water

1/3 cup olive oil

3 onions, finely chopped

1 bell pepper, chopped

6 cloves garlic, minced

1 teaspoon dried thyme

1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

1 bay leaf

4 teaspoons red wine vinegar

1/4 teaspoon ground cumin

salt and pepper to taste

Sour cream for serving (optional)


Set Sun Oven out to preheat.

In a large soup pot, combine the drained beans and the water. Cover and cook in the Sun Oven until the beans are tender, 1 t0 1 1/2 hours. (Can be prepared 1 day ahead up to this point. Refrigerate beans in their cooking liquid and bring to room temperature before continuing) While the beans are cooking, heat the oil in a wide pot or skillet. Add the onions, bell pepper, and garlic. Cook the vegetables, stirring often, until just softened, about 3 minutes. Place 1 cup of the cooked beans (leave the Sun Oven out) in a blender or food processor and puree until smooth. Add the pureed beans to the vegetables; mix well. Return the bean and vegetable mixture to the soup pot along with the thyme, oregano, bay leaf, vinegar, cumin, salt, and pepper. Return the pot to the  Sun Oven and cook until the beans are very soft and the flavors have blended, about 1 hour. Remove bay leaf. Ladle soup into bowls and top with a dollop of sour cream if using.

Makes 8 servings.

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