Tuesday, August 20, 2013

BILL GAITHER'S FAVORITE BLACK BEAN SOUP

GAITHER FAMILY RECIPE:
Bill's Favorite Spicy Black Bean Soup*

Ingredients: 

2 pounds dried black beans
2 envelopes Lipton's Onion Soup mix
1 or 2 large Vidalia onions, chopped
1 teaspoon salt (or more to taste)
3 tablespoons olive oil (or more to taste)
1 teaspoon Tony Chachere's Original Creole Seasoning (green label) or to taste
16-ounce jar of salsa (mild or medium spicy, whichever you prefer)

Instructions:

Wash beans in colander with very hot tap water until skins begin to pop open a bit. Place beans and all ingredients except salsa in a large soup pot.

Add water to double the depth of beans. Cook on high until water boils; then turn to low and cook for at least 3-4 hours. Add more water, salt and Tony's if needed. When beans are tender, add jar of salsa.

To serve:

Spoon a mound of hot cooked rice into large soup bowl, then fill bowl with the bean soup. Great with cornbread, too!

*From the Gaither Family Recipes section of 'He Started The Whole World Singing' (book) by Gloria Gaither. Copyright 2004. Used by permission.

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