Black Bean Soup With Bananas

Prep Time
Cook Time
3h 10m
Ready In

"This is a Jacques Pepin recipe. I am posting for You Want What? recipe game. Soak time not included in cook time."

Original is 8 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (230.4 g)
  • Calories 367.8
  • Total Fat - 8.9 g
  • Saturated Fat - 1.8 g
  • Cholesterol - 15 mg
  • Sodium - 1327.9 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 55.7 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 11.6 g
  • Sugars - 10.2 g
  • Protein - 18.9 g
  • Calcium - 86.8 mg
  • Iron - 3.7 mg
  • Vitamin C - 13.1 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.8 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

Rinse the beans and remove the damaged ones. Place the beans in a bowl and cover with cold water. Soak for 3 hours.

Step 2

Drain the beans and put them in a large pot. Add the 3 quarts water. Add the brown rice.

Step 3

Cut the pancetta or the bacon into 1/4 inch pieces. Place them into the pot. Keep uncovered and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Skim any foam off the top.

Step 4

Turn heat to low and cover, cooking for 1 hour.

Step 5

Next, add onions, garlic, herbes de Provence, chili powder, tomatoes, and salt. Stir everything well and bring to a boil.

Step 6

Turn heat to low, covering and cooking for 1 1/2 hours.

Step 7

If you have a hand blender, blend in the pot for 5 to 10 seconds. If you don't have one, take 2 cups out of the pot. Puree in a food processor. (I don't have a food processor, so I always use a potato masher when I make beans.) Return the mixture to the pot.

Step 8

Get a small bowl and mix the oil, vinegar, and Tabasco. Add this to the soup.

Step 9


Step 10

Peel the bananas. Cut into 1/4 inch pieces. Place in a small bowl. Toss together with the lemon juice and pepper.

Step 11

Pour the soup into individual bowls. Place bananas on top. Place the cilantro over the top of everything.


No special items needed.

1 Reviews


The black bean soup is delicious, and the addition of the red wine vinegar really changes it up from the "same old". Loved the little bite of sweetness from the bananas, to offset the spices in the soup. This is definitely a keeper! Thanks for sharing!


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(1 Jul 2022)

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