Sherried Black Bean and Broccoli Stem Soup
A smooth and elegant vegetarian soup made from humble ingredients--black beans and broccoli stems--finished with sherry and egg yolks. Unpretentious? I'm not talking 'bout wine here . . .
If you want to be technical, I have had a teeny tiny smidgen of formal culinary training. When I lived in Richmond, Virginia I took a class at a local cookwares store. The class was taught by Nancy Maurelli and was all about Bean and Grain Cooking. That's where I first tasted this soup--and I
The internet is an amazing thing. From that stapled class handout I'd removed the page with this recipe since I kept fixing it for my spouse during our early years together. I had the rest of the handout, which included Nancy Maurelli's name, so I started a quest to find Nancy and see if she still had the recipe. In 2008 that quest paid off (interestingly, through the Local Harvest website where you can find Community Supported Agriculture [CSA] farm shares and other local foods near you) and now that the recipe is back in my clutches, or at least the clutches of my Recipes email folder, I won't lose it again. This post is merely planned redundancy.
Since I've been reading about Julie's experiments with Roasted Broccoli Stem Dip and Meghan's experiences with Broccoli Stalk Pesto, I thought I'd share this soup. It tastes wonderful and presents so beautifully. The idea of garnish on a soup was awfully high falutin' to me at the time, and still is to be honest, but I do it anyway--it's easy and fun. I can't say that my kids love it--though they do eat a small bowl when we have it--but that's OK. Coupled with a mushroom appetizer such as my Skillet Mushroom Dip for Two or Soy Sriracha Roasted Mushrooms, this makes for a lovely "just for adults" Valentine's meal at home. Add a steak and/or a salad if you like, though don't get too full for Love!
If I suggested one of the desserts from my recipe index and intimated that we'd be eating it this year for Valentine's day I'd be lyin'--my spouse wants Killer Brownies and I love him so that's what I'll get for dessert. Perhaps with some Salted Caramel Ice Cream.
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NOTE: This recipe is not gluten free as written, because I used a soy sauce containing gluten. To adapt this recipe for a gluten free diet please substitute a tamari style soy sauce.
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Sherried Black Bean and Broccoli Stem Soup (Recipe from Nancy Maurelli*)
- ½ cup chopped onion
- 2 large broccoli stems, peeled and chopped (composting pigs adore broccoli stem peels & leaves)
- 1 Tablespoon cooking oil of your choice
- 2 cups cooked beans (if using canned, then 1 can--rinsed and drained)
- 1 large clove roasted garlic (here's how I roast and put up my garlic crop)
- 1 teaspoon minced ginger
- 1 bay leaf
- 2-3 teaspoons soy sauce (Nancy uses tamari)
- 1 quart vegetable stock (here's how I make mine) or any available soup stock
- ¼ cup dry cooking sherry (Nancy suggests Gallo or Livingston Cellars)
- ¼ lemon or up to 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- yolks from 2-3 hardboiled eggs
- In a 3-4 quart saucepan over medium heat, sauté the onion and broccoli stem in a turn of cooking oil until softened, about 5-8 minutes.
- Add beans, smashed garlic clove (or minced fresh garlic), ginger, bay leaf and 2 teaspoons soy sauce.
- Pour broth over everything and simmer for 30 minutes.
- Puree with an immersion blender (my preference) or blender.
- Stir in sherry then taste and decide if you'd like to add another teaspoon of soy sauce. Nancy suggests pressing the pureed soup through a sieve if you want a more elegant presentation, but I don't mind bean skins.
- Squeeze a bit of fresh lemon over each bowl if you've got it, or a small splash of lemon juice, then top with chopped egg yolks. Serve.
- Ungarnished, this soup freezes well. Serves 4 to 6.
*Note: This recipe is my adaptation of Nancy's creation. I cut down the recipe to a family serving size, upped the proportion of broccoli stem to beans, use cooked beans not soaked beans, use roasted garlic not fresh, and use soy sauce not tamari.
This recipe is shared with What's Cookin' Wednesday, Fresh Foods Wednesday, From the Farm Blog Hop, Clever Chicks Blog Hop, Food on Friday