Red Pepper Soup with Black Bean “Meat”balls
15 points for throw up on the carpet, at least 20 for the “I HAVE TO POOP!” yell in church this morning, 25 for peeing on the couch, and 1000 points for the refused nap.
Here she is. This was before I discovered that she had wet herself, otherwise there would have been no nostalgic photographing. Just teeth clenching.
The worst part is that she TOLD me she had to go to the bathroom. It was the third time (3rd!!!) that she had gotten up from her “nap” to use the bathroom and I thought she was just trying to get out of her room. Now I have all kinds of mommy guilt.
To top it off, a few minutes afterward she comes up with one of her totally-random-3-year-old-comments: “Sometimes mommy and daddy take care of me!” …aaaaaand sometimes they don’t. Oops.
But guess what guys! It’s been raining for days now! This is big news over here, California’s in a huge drought. I curled my hair the other day, then shook my fist at the rain when my curls went flat within 2.5 seconds of walking outside. And then I slapped myself in disgust.
This would be a fun dish to make together for Valentine’s Day. (Not with me, silly, with your man) It’s easy, pretty fast (45 minutes, tops) and is even bright red if you’re feeling festive.
Come back on Thursday for our #GalentinesDayParty! I’ll be providing links so you can check out what some of my bloggy friends will be bringing to the party where we celebrate our gals :) I will be contributing a secret-ingredient dessert. Head over to my Facebook page to see the picture and guess what it is! (Hint: it’s not Nutella!)
Red Pepper Soup with Black Bean "Meat"balls
For the soup:
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 medium onion, sliced
- 3 cloves garlic
- 2 tablespoons white wine
- 16 ounces roasted red peppers, 1 jar, undrained
- 2 & 1/2 cups chicken broth, or vegetable
- 2 sprigs thyme, or about a teaspoon dried
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- dash sriracha
For the "meat"balls:
- 30 ounces black beans, 2 cans, rinsed and drained
- 2 tablespoons basil, fresh, chopped
- 3 oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
- 1/4 cup panko bread crumbs
- 1 egg
- 2 teaspoons paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- pepper , to taste
- 2-4 tablespoons oil from the jar of sun-dried tomatoes
- sour cream, or Greek yogurt, to garnish
- In a wide-bottom pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the sliced onions when it is nice and hot. Cook until they are starting to get soft, about 5 minutes.
- Crush the 3 cloves of garlic with the side of a knife. Add them whole to the onions and continue to cook until the onions and garlic are starting to brown, about another 5 minutes.
- Add the 2 tablespoons of white wine (I used cooking wine) and cook until the liquid has mostly evaporated. It shouldn't take long, about a minute or so.
- Add the entire jar of roasted red peppers, liquid and all. Don't worry about chopping them.
- Add 2 1/2 cups of chicken broth and 2 sprigs of thyme, and bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and let cook for about 20 minutes.
- Remove the soup from the heat and discard the thyme stems. Use an immersion blender to puree the soup very well.
- If you don't have an immersion blender, let cool slightly then transfer the soup to a blender. Put the lid on, but leave the top spout open so that steam can escape. Hold a towel over the top with your hand and blend until smooth.Transfer the soup back to the pot and heat it up again.
- Season with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Add a dash of hot sauce if you want (taste it first).
- Meanwhile, in a large bowl combine the drained black beans, basil, sun-dried tomatoes, panko bread crumbs, egg, paprika, salt, and pepper. Use a potato masher to combine the mixture and smoosh the beans.
- Form the bean mixture into 25-30 "meatballs." In a large saucepan, heat 2 tablespoons of oil from the jar of sun-dried tomatoes (or just use regular oil). Add the "meatballs" when it is hot, cooking in batches if necessary. Cook for a minute or two, until browned, then gently turn them with a spatula. Continue cooking and turning until all sides are browned. Repeat with the remaining "meatballs."
- Ladle the soup into 4 bowls and top with meatballs. Garnish with fresh basil, thyme, sour cream, or Greek yogurt. It also tastes good with some fresh parmesan on top.
Throw em in. No need to chop.
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