Mixed Bean Soup With Paprika And Cilantro

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Every year when the cold arrives I feel like cooking warm, nourishing and hearty meals. When making this I almost always include some kind of pulse. This Mixed Bean Soup is no exception and it has become a real favorite in our house. I love the combination of paprika, smoked paprika and cilantro which together makes the base of this dish. I only use a small amount of the smoked paprika but even so it makes all the difference. A general rule when using any kind of paprika powder is to cook it in a little oil before you add any liquid. This way you will get much more flavor and character from the spice.

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Mixed Bean Soup With Paprika And Cilantro

Ingredients:

  • 2 cans of mixed beans (400 g/can) or the same amount home cooked beans
  • 1 big onion
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 4 tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp paprika powder
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp white wine vinegar
  • 1 l water (or more)
  • 2.5 dl /1 cup fresh chopped cilantro
  • 4 tbsp vegetable oil

Method:

  1. Wash the beans and set aside. If you use dry beans prepare according to package.
  2. Heat the oil in a saucepan and fry the onion in medium heat until it is translucent and golden.
  3. Add the garlic, dry spices and salt. give it a stir and fry for a minute before you add the tomatoes. Cook the tomatoes until soft and then add beans and 2/3 of the water. Let it simmer for about 20 minutes adding water gradually, amount depending on how you prefer your soup.
  4. Stir in the chopped cilantro and add more salt if needed. Enjoy!

 

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