black bean soup
from bon appéitit
Perfect with margaritas on a spring or summer evening with your windows open, the breeze blowing in ...
Bon Appétit sez:
At Las Ventanas this soup and a corn soup are ladled side by side into the serving bowl.
Heat oil in heavy large pot over medium-high heat. Add onion & garlic; sauté 5 minutes. Mix in beans and spices. Add stock and bring to boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer until beans are tender, stirring occasionally, about 2 hours 15 minutes. Working in batches, purée soup with cilantro in blender (no, really -- it's awesome). Return soup to pot. Season to taste with salt and pepper. (Can be prepared 1 day ahead. Cool slightly. Refrigerate uncovered until cold, then cover and refrigerate.)
Bring soup to simmer, thinning with more stock if necessary (it's not!). Ladle into bowls. Serve, passing lime wedges separately.