Spanish bean soup

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Spanish bean soup

Author Notes: In Tampa, Florida, there are a lot of Cuban restaurants. Everyone of them is sure to serve Spanish bean soup. I have never found a recipe that tasted like the soup you get in these restaurants so I devised this one. If you cannot find ground annatto, you could substitute paprika. It is mostly for the color.Marian


Makes 6 cups

  • 1 1/2 cups dried garbanzo beans
  • 3 ounces smoked pork product or ham bone
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 1/2 green pepper diced fine
  • 1 clove garlic pressed
  • 1 teaspoon ground annato
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 pinch cayenne
  • a few strands of saffron
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large potato peeled quartered and sliced
  • 3 ounces chorizo sausage
  1. Soak the garbanzo beans over night or for several hours.
  2. Drain the beans. Put them in a large saucepan. Add the smoked port product. This could be a ham hock, a ham bone, a hog jowl, smoked pork neck bones, etc. Cover with water about 2 inches above the top of the beans.
  3. Cook until the beans are slightly underdone. Start checking after about 45 minutes. Remove the bones or meat. Cut any meat into small pieces and return to the saucepan.
  4. When beans are done, set them aside. Heat 2 tablespoons of cooking grade olive oil in a large frying pan. Add onions and green pepper. Saute until softened.
  5. Add the pressed garlic, ground annatto, ground coriander, onion powder, cumin, cayenne and saffron to the frying pan. Saute another 30 seconds, stirring constantly.
  6. Add the sliced potatoes and toss with the mixture for another 30 seconds so that the potato slices are coated.
  7. Add the vegetable and spice mixture to the beans. Pour a cup of water into the frying pan and scrape up the remaining bits. Add to beans. This should be quite a brothy soup so add a little water if you think you need it.
  8. Add the chicken broth concentrate to the pot and cook at a simmer for 20 minutes or until the potatoes are tender.
  9. Add the sliced chorizo and cook for 5 minutes more.

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