May 16, 2009

Pumpkin Black Bean Soup

For a soup that is a bit on the unusual side, try this. It's tasty. You can also substitute chicken for the ham (see preferred variation below) or leave the meat out for a vegetarian version.

3 15 ½-oz cans black beans (about 4 1/2 cups), rinsed and drained
1 cup canned diced tomatoes
1 1/4 cups chopped onion
1/2 cup minced shallot
4 garlic cloves minced
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon curry
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 stick (1/4 cup) unsalted butter
4 cups beef broth
1 16-oz can pumpkin puree (about 1 1/2 cups)
1/2 cup apple juice
1/2 pound cooked ham, cut into 1/8 inch dice, or sliced sausage
3-4 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

Garnish: sour cream and coarsely chopped, lightly toasted pumpkin seeds

In a food processor coarsely puree two of the cans of beans and tomatoes. In a 6 quart heavy kettle cook onion, shallot, garlic, cumin, curry, salt, and pepper in butter over moderate heat, stirring, until onion is softened and beginning to brown. Stir in bean puree. Stir in broth, remaining can of beans, pumpkin, and apple juice 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. Makes about 9 cups.

Preferred variation: Use chicken instead of sausage or ham, substitute chicken broth, and cut back on or omit cider vinegar.


  1. I want to try this for sure. 2 of my favorite flavors, pumpkin and black beans. Your blog looks great! Thanks for sharing. I am looking forward to tyring some new things.

  2. Thanks, Wendy! I appreciate you taking time to comment. You're a good soul.

  3. Kip!

    I didn't know that you have a recipe blog. You are quite the food connoisseur! We love this soup and typically serve it over brown rice. It is delicious!


  4. Hey Matt! Thanks for stopping by. Glad you like the pumpkin black bean soup. I'd never thought to put it over rice. I'll have to give that a try. Thanks for the good idea.

  5. I did try this pumpkin black bean soup over rice (I used white rice since that is what I had) and it was a delicious variation on the recipe. Thank you, Matt!