Collard, Black Bean and Chorizo Soup

This simple dish was inspired by hearty soups from Cuba and Portugal. Cooking the chorizo in a bit of oil and adding water creates a kind of stock that flavors the beans and collards as they cook. And using the bean liquid from the can gives the soup a little body. Portuguese rolls make a great accompaniment.

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TOTAL TIME: 45 min
Prep: 10 min
Inactive Prep: --
Cook: 35 min
YIELD: 4 servings
LEVEL: Easy

ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 6 ounces Spanish chorizo, cut lengthwise into quarters and then into 1/2-inch wedges
  • Two 15.5-ounce cans black beans, with their liquid
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 pound collard greens, thick stems discarded and leaves cut into 1/2-inch strips
  • 1 tablespoon sherry vinegar, plus more for serving
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Directions

Combine the oil and chorizo in a small stockpot over medium-high heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until browned, about 4 minutes. Reduce heat if the chorizo starts to burn.

Add the beans, their liquid and 1 bean can of water to the stockpot, along with a generous grind of black pepper. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat, cover and simmer 5 minutes to bring the flavors together.

Fold the collards into the beans, bring to a simmer, cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until the collards are tender, about 20 minutes. Taste and add more black pepper if desired. Remove from the heat, stir in the vinegar and serve with more vinegar to drizzle on top.

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