Cuban Black Bean Soup
Rich in flavor and soft in texture, black beans are perfect for soup. Black bean soup takes well to the classic Latin-American flavors of cumin, chili, cilantro, and lime—add more or less of any of these, depending on what you like.
Large heavy-bottomed pot
Sharp knife (adult needed)
Wooden spoon or heatproof spatula
1. Put the pot on the stove and turn the heat to medium. When it is hot, carefully add the oil.
2. Add the onions, carrots, celery, garlic, and spices and cook until tender, 10 to 15 minutes.
3. Add the beans and broth, raise the heat to high and bring to a boil. Lower the heat to medium and cook, partially covered, for 2 hours, stirring frequently. (If at any point the soup seems too thick and is starting to look like mud, add 1 to 2 cups more broth.)
4. Stir in the lime juice and taste the soup. Does it need anything to boost the flavor? More spices? Another squeeze of lime juice? A grinding of black pepper? A pinch of salt? Add whatever you think it needs. Serve right away, garnished with cilantro and yogurt, or cover and refrigerate up to 3 days.