Black Bean Pumpkin Soup
3 (15.5 oz) cans black beans, rinsed and drained
1 cup canned tomatoes, drained and chopped
1 1/4 cups chopped onion
1/2 cup minced shallot
4 garlic cloves minced
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 stick unsalted butter
4 cups beef broth
1 1/2 cups pumpkin pureé
1/2 cup dry Sherry
1/2 pound ham, cooked and diced
4 tablespoons Sherry vinegar
toasted pumpkin seeds
In a food processor coarsely pureé beans and tomatoes.
In a 6-quart heavy kettle cook onion, shallot, garlic, cumin, salt, and pepper in butter over moderate heat, stirring, until onion is softened and beginning to brown. Stir in bean pureé.
Stir in broth, pumpkin, and Sherry until combined and simmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally, 25 minutes, or until thick enough to coat the back of a spoon.
Just before serving, add ham and vinegar and simmer soup, stirring, until heated through. Season soup with salt and pepper.
Serve soup garnished with sour cream and toasted pumpkin seeds.
Yield: Makes about 9 cups.
Source: Larrys Markets, Seattle, Wash.