One good soup recipe is Real Simple's recipe for black bean soup. This uses store-brought salsa to reduce preparation times. Real Simple also has a cold cucumber soup recipe that's ideal for balmy summer days.Continue Reading
Heat 1 cup of salsa over medium heat in a large sauce pan, stirring frequently. Stir in 2 cups of broth and two 15-ounce cans of beans, and then bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low, and then cover and simmer for about 15 minutes. Cool the soup, then puree in batches in a blender or food processor. Return the pureed soup to the soup pot and heat through. Add 1 or 2 tablespoons sherry if it is desired, and serve with sour cream, more salsa and lime wedges.
Another good soup recipe uses 1 pound of cucumbers, peeled, seeded and roughly chopped; 1/3 cup sour cream; 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves and 1 tablespoon of rice vinegar. One half teaspoon of kosher salt and a pinch of cayenne pepper are the seasonings.
Puree everything in a blender and serve chilled. Season with salt and pepper, and serve with bread and cheese. You can substitute the sour cream for an equivalent amount of yogurt if required.Learn more about Cooking