Monday, May 4, 2009

SOUP DU JOUR - CREAMY BLACK BEAN SOUP (Inspired by "CHA CHA CHA" - Cuban Restaurant in San Francisco)

Not to long ago, we had lunch at this Cuban restaurant in San Francisco called "CHA CHA CHA". We never had cuban food before and we're curious to try something new. The place was very crowded and 1/2 hour waiting. The menu had no pictures so was kind a hard to choose just by the name. We looked at other tables to see what people are eating, to get some idea of what we want to order. Everybody was eating BLACK BEAN SOUP! From the look on they faces looked like they all were in Heaven....mmmm....yummmm.....ohhh.... So, we ordered this "out of this world soup" to see what this fuss was about. Well, my first reaction after I've tasted was "what is this? NO TASTE AT ALL ! Just cream of cooked beans! I'm not going to describe the second meal, but one thing is for sure...no more CHA CHA CHA! I'm not saying no more Cuban food, but we have to try some other places to.
So here is my version of CREAM OF BLACK BEAN SOUP"!


2 cups cooked black beans,
1 cup chopped onion,
1 cup chopped celery,
1 cup chopped mixed green and yellow bell peppers,
3 cloves garlic,
3 tablespoons olive oil,
2 tablespoons vegeta,
2 tablespoons sour cream,


Saute onion, celery, peppers and garlic in 3 tablespoons oil few minutes; add cooked beans, vegeta, pepper and 4 cups of water. Bring to boil; let cook for 8 to 10 minutes; in a blender container, blend the entire soup until smooth; return cream soup to cooking pot; add sour cream and cook for 1, 2 more minutes. Serve warm or cold!


Have a nice day!

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