Black Beans Galore
It's such a treat to have fresh black beans available for making soups, like this Black Bean Soup (pictured below) adding to salsa, salads and main courses like tacos, enchiladas, or breakfast Huevos Rancheros. Although you can make beans on your stovetop, one of the easiest ways is to make pressure cooker black beans. My favorite pressure cooker is the Instant Pot which came highly recommended from Chef A.J. whom I admire greatly for her dedicated plant-based inspiration and recipes.
This black bean pressure cooker recipe is simple. A lot of recipes suggest you soak the beans first, but I didn't do that and they turned out perfectly soft. If you're making them on the stovetop (see below), soaking overnight or 8-10 hours, or using the quick soak method (see below) is probably better.
This basic pressure cooker recipe is made with a few cloves of garlic, a couple of bay leaves and water. You can add vegetable stock, but make sure it's unsalted. And, don't add ANY salt while you're cooking them as they will not cook as well and may be tougher.
Every pressure cooker will vary, but I found 20 minutes on high in the Instant Pot was perfect. Do not fill yours more than half way with ingredients.
Try this delicious Black Bean Soup the next time you make black beans.
To quick soak: rinse the beans, then add them to a large pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil and boil for 2 minutes, then turn off the heat and let them sit for 1 hour. Then rinse and cook as you would.
Stovetop Directions: With water to cover, soak and drain the beans either 8-10 hours or with the quick soaking method above. Add your soaked beans to a large pot along with a couple of bay leaves, 1-2 cloves of rough-chopped garlic cloves and 1/2 chopped onion. Cover with about 2 inches of water or a combination of water and unsalted vegetable stock (8-10 cups) and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until tender, about 45 minutes to 1 hour.
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