IMG_0364 bonjour et bienvenue à la série de nourriture.

well, ben has done it again. in addition to his weekly bread baking (#bensbread) he has also decided that he would like to make us a big pot of delicious soup every week. i am one hundred percent behind this move. 'tis the season and there is nothing more comforting and yum than soup. pair that with some freshly baked bread and my week is made. so ben has really been knocking it out of the park around these parts. and elinor LOVES soup. and she especially loved this week's creation. she gobbled up her entire bowl with all the toppings before we were even a third of the way through our servings. then she held it up in the air and gave us a definitely "more." i think it made ben pretty happy.

all of that's to say, you need this in your life. and so, ben so kindly jotted down his notes and method so that i could share it here with you. what a guy.

ingredients (yield: 3-4 servings)

  • 4 anaheim chiles, diced
  • 3-4 serrano chiles, diced
  • 1-2 onions, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, diced
  • 1 28 oz can fire-roasted tomatoes, diced or crushed
  • 1-2 cans black beans
  • 2 cups corn
  • 1 bottle beer (lager)
  • 2 qts vegetable broth
  • TOPPINGS: tortilla chips of your choice (crushed), limes, sour cream, avocado. you could also add fresh peppers or hot sauce or shredded cheese or chicken...whatever tickles your fancy.

method: heat 2 tblsp evoo, add onions, garlic, and chiles. cook until lightly browned. add beer, scrape browned bits, allow the beer to reduce about one third. add can of tomatoes, and allow to boil for 15 min. Pour entire mixture into food processor, blend until smooth. Return to the pan, add vegetable broth. allow to boil, reduce to medium low. (roast or grill the corn kernels while the soup base is cooking) add black beans. cook for 20 minutes. add corn, cook for another 15 minutes. if too thin, add 1-2 tblsp corn flour.  to serve, top soup with sliced avocado, juice of half a lime, handful of crushed tortilla chips, and a big spoonful of sour cream...and anything else that sounds tasty.

enjoy!