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    Seasonal Recipe

    Recipe for Black bean soup with sweet potato

    karoline boehm goodnick for The Boston Globe

    Serves 6

    Simmer canned beans with chili powder, coriander, and oregano, and garnish with sweet potato and cilantro. The soup thickens as it stands; when reheating thin with water.

    3tablespoons canola oil
    1medium onion, diced
    2medium carrots, thinly sliced
    2stalks celery, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced
    1teaspoon chili powder
    1teaspoon ground cumin
    ½teaspoon ground coriander
    ½teaspoon dried oregano
    Salt and black pepper, to taste
    2cans (about 15 ounces each) black beans, drained
    1can (about 14 ounces) diced tomatoes
    5cups vegetable stock
    1sweet potato (about ¾ pound), peeled and cut
    into ½-inch cubes
    2tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro

    1. In a soup pot over medium-high heat, heat 2 tablespoons of the canola oil. Add the onion, carrots, and celery. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 8 minutes or until the onion softens.

    2. Add the chili powder, cumin, coriander, oregano, salt, and black pepper. Cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add the beans, tomatoes, and stock. Bring to a boil, lower the heat, cover the pan, and simmer for 35 minutes.

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    3. Meanwhile, in a saucepan fitted with a steamer insert and several inches of boiling water, steam the sweet potato, covered, for 7 minutes or until tender. In a bowl, toss the sweet potato, remaining 1 tablespoon oil, salt, and black pepper.

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    4. In a blender, puree the soup in batches and return to the pot. Reheat until hot. Taste for seasoning and add more salt and black pepper, if you like. Ladle the soup into bowls. Garnish with sweet potato and cilantro. Jean Kressy