|Cuban Black Bean Soup with Tofu Egg garnish stirred in.|
You may also have doubts of about the Tofu Egg Garnish but I have to say I find your lack of faith disturbing. Just try it - I think you'll like it.
This soup made me think a lot about our friend Cassandra who is in Cuba right now going to Medical School. I miss her pretty much everyday and I can't wait till we can see each other again. Cassandra -You bring so much joy and fun into my life while being such a loyal friend. I wish everyone had a Cassandra. Love you Grrl.
Cuban Black Bean Soup
- 2 Tablespoon Olive Oil
- 1/2 Red Onion (diced)
- 1 Pound Dried Black Beans (rinsed and soaked overnight)
- 5 1/2 Cups Better Than Bouillon - Vegetable (made per instructions on package)
- Dash of Liquid Smoke
- 1/4 Cup Rum (or Apple Juice)
- 1 Bay Leaf (dried)
- 1 Tablespoons Cumin
- 1 1/4 Teaspoon Oregano (dried)
- 5 Cloves Garlic (minced)
- 1 Green Bell Pepper (diced)
- 1 Large Tomato (diced)
- 1/2 Cup Frozen Corn
- 3 Teaspoons Braggs
- Pinch of Turmeric
- Pinch of Paprika
- Pinch of Cayenne
- Hot Sauce to Taste
- 1 Batch of The Tofu Eggs we used in The Cobb Salad (you'll need 1 Package of Extra Firm Tofu that has been drained and 4 Tablespoons of Nutritional Yeast)
- Diced Green Onions
In a large bowl, gently crumble the Tofu into small chunks. Don't mash it into a paste. Then mix the Tofu and Nutritional Yeast. Keep refrigerated while you make your soup.
In a large soup pot, heat Olive Oil over a medium heat. Cook your Red Onions in the heated Oil for around 5 minutes or until the Onions are tender. Stir the Onions occasionally while they cook.
Stir in all the remaining Ingredients except the Tofu Eggs and heat to a boil. Let boil for 3-4 minutes then reduce heat to a simmer and then cover. Let it simmer for over 2 hours. Betty says it takes 2 hours for the Beans to get tender. We found it to be closer to 4. But just keep checking back and testing your Beans after 2 hours and check the flavor too. If you find the soup is getting too salty just add water 1 Tablespoon at a time to adjust flavor. If it gets too bland add Braggs 1 Teaspoon at a time to adjust the flavor. You can also add a dash of Hot Sauce too.
When you serve your soup top with some Tofu Egg (about 1-2 Tablespoons) and some Green Onion.