Since the opening of its first Souplantation in 1978 in San Diego, California, Garden Fresh Restaurant Corporation has expanded to 61 salad buffet restaurants with locations in Southern California, where they are known as Souplantation, and in Northern California and ten other states, where they are known as Sweet Tomatoes. Differing in name only, the restaurants are known for their abundance of fresh, great tasting salad selections, soups, bakery items, pastas and desserts in a self-serve format, set in a casual dining atmosphere.

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Black Bean and Chorizo Soup



BLACK BEAN and CHORIZO SOUP
Souplantation Copycat Recipe

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 4 ounce dry-cured chorizo sausage, chopped
1/2 onion, finely chopped
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1/2 jalapeno, seeded and diced
3 (15 oz.) cans black beans, drained and rinsed
1 canned chipotle chile plus 1 tablespoon adobo sauce
4 cups chicken broth
sliced green onions, for serving

Heat the olive oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add the chorizo, onions, garlic and jalapeno and saute until tender, about 4 minutes. Add the black beans, chipotle pepper, adobo sauce and broth and simmer for 25 minutes so all the flavors can marry together.

Blend half of the soup, using either a blender or an immersion blender, leaving some whole beans for texture.



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