Augustus Neumann November 4, 2020 Soup Recipes
4 medium tomatoes
1 small yellow onion, cut into quarters
3 whole garlic cloves, unpeeled
1 dried pasilla, guajillo, or chipotle chile, stemmed and seeded*
5 corn tortillas, divided
½ teaspoon sea salt, more to taste
2½ cups vegetable broth
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon dried cumin
½ teaspoon dried oregano
2 heaping cups cubed pumpkin or butternut squash
1½ cups cooked black beans, drained and rinsed
Lime slices, for serving
Freshly ground pepper
3 radishes, thinly sliced
2 jalapeños, thinly sliced
½ cup chopped cilantro
1. Preheat the oven to 450°F and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
2. Place the whole tomatoes, onions, and garlic on one baking sheet and roast until the skins of the tomatoes and the edges of the onions are charred, about 20 to 25 minutes.
3. Meanwhile, soak the dried chile in hot water until soft, about 10 minutes.
4. In a blender, combine the tomatoes, onion, peeled garlic, 1 torn tortilla, the softened dried chile, salt, and 1 cup of the vegetable broth. Blend until smooth but not entirely pureed.
5. Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the cumin and oregano and stir for about 30 seconds until fragrant. Add the blended tomato mixture, 1½ cups additional broth, the cubed pumpkin and the black beans. Simmer until the pumpkin is tender, about 25 minutes.
6. Meanwhile, reduce the oven heat to 300. Slice the remaining 4 tortillas into thin strips and spread on the second baking sheet. Toss with a drizzle of olive oil and a pinch of salt and pepper. Bake until crispy, about 8 to 14 minutes.
7. Season the soup to taste with more salt and pepper. If the soup is too thick, add a bit more broth. If it’s too thin, simmer a while longer until it thickens up. If you prefer the soup more tangy, add a few squeezes of lime.
8. Serve the soup with the crispy tortilla strips, avocado, radishes, jalapeños, cilantro, and lime slices. If desired, add a squeeze of lime and a pinch of salt to the avocado slices.
*1 to 2 chipotles from a can of chipotles in adobo sauce can be substituted for the dried chile. If you like your soup spicier, add 2 dried chiles instead of 1. Note that all chiles can vary considerably in heat levels.