black bean soup

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Quick Black Bean Soup
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 1/4 cups chopped onion
4 large garlic cloves, chopped
1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme or 1 1/2 teaspoons dried
3 15-ounce cans black beans, drained, 1 cup liquid reserved
2 14 1/2-ounce cans low-salt chicken broth
1 28-ounce can diced tomatoes in juice
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 1/2 teaspoons hot pepper sauce

Heat oil in large pot over medium heat. Add onion, garlic and thyme; sautee until onion is golden, about 8 minutes. Add beans, reserved 1 cup bean liquid, broth, tomatoes with juices, cumin and hot pepper sauce. Bring soup to boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until flavors blend and soup thickens slightly, stirring occasionally, about 20 minutes.

Working in 2 batches, puree 2 1/2 cups soup in blender until smooth. Mix puree back into soup in pot. Season with salt and pepper. Ladle soup into bowls.

source: Bon Appetit June 1999, via Epicurious