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                           Cuban Black Bean Soup
 
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 Serving Size  : 4    Preparation Time :0:00
 Categories    : Soups                            Main dish
                 Low-cal
 
   Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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       1 lb Beans, dried black
 
       1 c  Onion; chopped
 
       1 tb Margarine or butter
 
       4 c  Water
 
       1    Bouillon cube, beef
 
      12 oz Ham, cooked lean
 
       2    Bay leaves
 
     1/2 ts Thyme, dried leaf
 
     1/2 ts Oregano, dried leaf
 
     1/2 ts Salt
 
       1    Pepper, dried whole red
 
       1 c  Pepper, green bell; chopped
 
     1/3 c  Dark rum (optional)
 
       1 c  Sour cream (optional)
 
  
 
   Sort and soak beans overnight; drain and discard soak water. In a 4-quart
 
   pot, saute onion in butter or marg until tender but not browned. Add soaked
 
   beans, 4 cups water, bouillon cube, ham (cut into 4-6 chunks), bay leaves,
 
   thyme, oregano, salt & red pepper. Bring to boil; reduce heat. Cover and
 
   simmer until beans are tender, 1 to 1-1/2 hour. Remove 1 c. beans from
 
   stew, mash in a bowl with potato masher or fork. Add mashed beans to stew;
 
   stir to thicken. Remove ham and dice. Remove bay leaves and red pepper, if
 
   used and discard. Add diced meat, green pepper and rum (if desired) to
 
   beans. Cover and simmer 15 minutes. Serve beans over rice and top with sour
 
   cream if desired.
 
  
 
 
 
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