Black bean & tomato soup

This is basically a two-can soup (can of beans/can of tomatoes), but it’s got a deep rich flavor, and a lovely, deeply richly colored broth (black bean soups can be so drab-looking sometimes, but this has a warm mahogany hue). Simply made, but complexly flavored.

Here’s JJ Allstar’s Soup. I found a surprising number of songs about soup. Can you think of any that you like?

one can of black beans
one can of chopped tomatoes (I like fire-roasted)
olive oil
1 medium shallot – fine dice
1 large clove of garlic – fine dice
2 T tomato paste
1 cup beer
1 T Brown sugar
2t. smoked paprika (no I don’t put this in everything!)
1 t. ground mustard
2 t. oregano
1/2 t. sage
cayenne to taste
pinch allspice
1 t. marmite
1 t. tamarind paste (if you have it!)
water or broth
salt/pepper
dollop of butter/dash of balsamic

1. Warm the olive oil (enough to cover the bottom of the pan) over medium heat. Add the shallots, when they begin to brown, add the garlic. Add the tomato paste, marmite, tamarind (this adds a hint of tartness, but if you don’t have it, that’s fine, too!), Brown sugar, mustard, paprika, cayenne, oregano, sage, allspice. Stir it all up to a nice paste. (You might need to take it off the burner while you add all these things, because you don’t want any of it to burn and turn bitter.

Let this mixture cook for a minute or two.

2. Rinse and drain the beans – add them to the pot. Add the can of tomatoes to the pot. (You could use fresh tomatoes as well, roughly chopped.) Mix and let the mixture cook a few minutes to warm through and thicken.

3. Add the beer. Stir that in, and let it cook for a few minutes. Then add 1 1/2 to 2 cups of water, enough to bring it to your desired thickness.

4. Cook for about 15 minutes to warm it through and mingle all the flavors. Add a dollop of butter, a dash of balsamic, and salt and ground pepper to taste. If you have it on hand, a tablespoon or two of sofrito, stirred in at the end, really deepens the flavors.

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3 thoughts on “Black bean & tomato soup

  1. Here’s Ian Dury’s son Baxtor (me and Guru Maddy love his stuff):

    Baxter Dury : Happy Soup

    you had better check out the first single from his Happy soup album:

    it’s called, ‘Claire’

  2. I listened to Happy Soup on Spotify! I also saw a Can song and a Tunng song called soup. I associate them with Mnemonic? You? Shoey? Maybe i’ll make a soup spotify playlist! DJ Food has a good one called Turtle soup. (Awww, who would eat a turtle?)

    • Tunng are one of my favourite bands and often get nominated on RR by me – but not for a while – not quite obvious enough for our current cherry picker (he says, trying to be as ‘nice’ as possible) but they still get ‘spill plays.

      ‘good arrows’ the album that ‘soup’ is from is very obscure in it’s song lyrics – but delve deeper and it reveals very interesting ideas…. ‘Hands’ for instance is a surgeon having lost a patient on an operating table – very strange.

      here they are in a junk shop:

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