Black Bean Soup with Meyer Lemon Crème Fraîche

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This hearty soup is perfectly topped off by a zesty dollop of crème fraîche flavored with sweet-tart Meyer lemon. To make the topping, in a small bowl, combine 1/2 cup (4 oz./125 g.) room-temperature crème fraîche or sour cream; the grated zest of 1 Meyer lemon; 1 Tbs. fresh Meyer lemon juice; and a pinch of salt.


Black Bean Soup with Meyer Lemon Crème Fraîche


1/2 lb. (250 g.) dried black beans, picked over and rinsed

1 Tbs. olive oil

1 small white onion, chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 small jalapeno chile, seeded and minced

1 tsp. ground cumin

1/4 cup (2 fl. oz./60 ml.) dry sherry

4 cups (32 fl. oz./1 l.) chicken or vegetable broth

Salt and freshly ground pepper

Meyer lemon crème fraîche (left)

2 green onions, dark and light green parts only, sliced (optional)


Place the dried beans in a bowl with cold water to cover and soak for at least 4 hours or up to overnight. Drain.


In a large, heavy pot, warm the oil over medium-high heat. Add the onion and garlic and saute until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the jalapeno and cumin and cook, stirring constantly, for 2 minutes. Add the beans, sherry and broth and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer, covered, until the beans are tender, about 1 1/4 hours.


For a smooth soup, remove the pot from the heat and let cool slightly. Working in batches, puree the soup in a blender. Return to the pot and warm over low heat. Season with salt and pepper.


Top the soup with the crème fraîche and green onions, if using, and serve. Serves 4-6.

3 comments about “Black Bean Soup with Meyer Lemon Crème Fraîche

  1. meatless monday

  2. Kelly D

    This is the easiest to make, best tasting soup I’ve ever made. Really amazing!

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