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Black Bean Soup   Veg  HT  SP  Venezuelan  130mins plus soaking

Venezuelan Name: Sopa de Frijoles Negros

Serves 4-6    Hot Vegetarian Soup Gluten Wheat Dairy free Eggless Venezuela Sth America South American

450g/1lb Black Beans
Cold Water
1 tbsp Oil
1 large onion, chopped
2 Garlic Cloves, chopped
1 Capsicum (Sweet pepper), chopped
1 stick Celery, chopped
1.8L/60fl.oz. Stock or Water
Salt and pepper to taste
2 tbsp freshly chopped Coriander


1. Place the bean in a large saucepan, cover with plenty of cold water and leave to soak overnight.

2. Drain the beans, rinse well then return to the pan, cover with plenty of cold water, bring to the boil then reduce the heat partially cover the pan and simmer for about 1½ hours, until then begin to soften.

3. Heat the oil in a frying pan, add the onion, garlic, capsicum and celery and fry until softened.

4. Drain the softened beans and return to the rinsed out saucepan together the onion mixture and stock. Mix well and season with salt and pepper.

5. Bring back to the boil then reduce the heat and simmer for 20-30 minutes, stirring from time to time.

6. Just before serving, stir in the coriander. Serve hot.

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Blend - To mix together ingredients, usually of different consistencies, to a smooth and even texture, utilising a utensil such as a wooden spoon or blender.

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