Chef's Recipe


Black Bean Soup with Mango Relish

This Cuban-style soup is also delicious served with rice: Unmold a ramekin of cooked rice into a shallow soup bowl, pour the soup around, and top the rice with the mango relish.


Mango Relish

  • 1 mango, peeled and finely diced
  • ½ red bell pepper, chopped
  • ½ bunch scallions, white and tender green portions only, thinly sliced
  • ½ bunch flat-leaf parsley, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped cilantro
  • Juice of 1 lime

Black Bean Soup

  • 4 teaspoons olive oil
  • 4 slices bacon, diced
  • ½ Spanish onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 cup black beans, soaked overnight
  • 10 ½ cups vegetable stock, canned or homemade, plus extra for thinning soup
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


Mango Relish

  1. In a small nonreactive bowl, combine all ingredients.
  2. Cover and refrigerate until needed.

Black Bean Soup

  1. In a heavy 4-quart saucepan, heat oil over medium heat.
  2. Add bacon, onion, and garlic; sauté until onion is translucent, about 3 minutes. Stir in cumin and cook a few seconds more.
  3. Add dried beans, stock, vinegar, and salt. Bring to a simmer and cook until beans are tender, about 40 minutes.  Let cool slightly.
  4. With a slotted spoon, remove some black beans and reserve for garnish.  Transfer remaining contents of saucepan in batches to a blender.  Puree until smooth, adding additional stock if soup is too thick.
  5. Reheat and adjust seasoning, adding black pepper.
  6. Spoon into soup bowls and garnish with mango relish and reserved whole cooked black beans.

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