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                      Pureed Black Bean Soup (Italian)
 
 Recipe By     : Mangiamo, Manhattan Beach, CA
 Serving Size  : 10   Preparation Time :5:15
 Categories    : Beach                            Soup
                 Beans
 
   Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
 --------  ------------  --------------------------------
    3      cups          black beans -- soaked overnight
    2      gallons       chicken broth
    6                    bay leaves
      1/2                onion -- diced
    4      cloves        garlic -- diced
    2                    carrots -- grated
      1/2  cup           heavy cream
                         salt and pepper -- to taste
                         sour cream -- as needed
    2      tablespoons   fresh cilantro -- chopped
    2      tablespoons   tomatoes -- diced
 
 DIRECTIONS: (prep 10-15 mins; soak 2 hrs; cook 3 hrs):
 - Rinse beans and sort. Soak overnight. Drain. Rinse.
 - In an extra large saucepan place the black beans, chicken stock, bay leaves, 
 onions, garlic, and carrots. Simmer the ingredients for 2 to 3 hours, or until 
 the beans are tender. Remove the bay leaves. Add more chicken stock or water if
  needed.
 - Strain the beans (reserve the liquid) and place them in a food processor. Ble
 nd the beans, adding enough of the reserved liquid so that a thick, pureed cons
 istency is achieved.
 - Add the heavy cream, salt, and pepper. Stir them in so that they are well ble
 nded.
 - Garnish the soup servings with a dollop of sour cream. Sprinkle on the cilant
 ro and the tomatoes
 serves 8 to 10
 [mcRecipe 27 Au 96 / patH ]
 
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 NOTES : Ronald Guidone, owner and Executive Chef. Mangiamo serves contemporary,
  Northern Italian cuisine.
 [from  Stromquist and Stromquist (1990), Southern California Beach Recipe. Sant
 e Fe, NM: Tierra Pubs.]