Ribbons of bright green spinach float in a rich-tasting broth that's chock-full of turkey, black beans and bacon. The soup may remind you of chili, and in fact it's flavored with chili powder, along with cocoa, oregano and Tabasco sauce.
You need a lusty red wine with plenty of spiciness and fruit flavor to stand up to this powerful soup. That describes zinfandel to a T, so try one here.
- 1/4 pound sliced bacon, cut crosswise into 1/4-inch strips
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 1/2 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/4 teaspoon Tabasco sauce
- 2 teaspoons dried oregano
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1/4 teaspoon fresh-ground black pepper
- 1 3/4 cups crushed canned tomatoes in thick puree (one 15-ounce can)
- 1 quart canned low-sodium chicken broth or homemade stock
- 1 2/3 cups drained and rinsed canned black beans (one 15-ounce can)
- 1 1-pound piece cooked deli turkey, cut into 1/2-by-1/2-by-1/4-inch slices
- 10 ounces spinach, stems removed, leaves washed and cut crosswise into 1-inch strips
In a large stainless steel pot, cook the bacon until crisp. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. Pour off all but 1 tablespoon of fat from the pot.
Reduce the heat to moderately low. Add the onion to the pot and cook, stirring, until translucent, about 5 minutes. Stir in the chili powder, cocoa, Tabasco sauce, oregano, salt, pepper, tomatoes and broth. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 15 minutes.
Add the black beans and turkey to the pot. Simmer for 5 minutes. Stir in the spinach and the bacon. Cook until the spinach just wilts, about 1 minute.
- Use smoked turkey in place of plain.
- Substitute 1 2/3 cups drained and rinsed kidney, pinto or cannellini beans for the black beans.
Recipe reprinted by permission of Food and Wine. All rights reserved.
nutrition information per serving
638 calories; 28g total fat; 63mg cholesterol; 3273mg sodium; 437g carbohydrates; 10g fiber; 37g protein
These nutrition facts are calculated according to the ingredients listed in this recipe. Any substitutions will change these facts. Although we strive for accuracy, please note that food manufacturers occasionally change their food formulas, which could affect the calculations as shown.
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