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Bean and Purslane Soup

I've been a fan of purslane for a long time. There's a famous Mexican stew with pork and purslane but sometimes you don't want a big old pork fiesta. It's rare, but sometimes you just want a nice soup.

Purslane-soup

I made this delicious soup with purslane from my back yard. I had about 4 cups of chicken stock and 4 cups of mostly bean liquid with a some beans in it. While I heated these two ingredients together, I sauteed the cleaned purslane with onion, garlic, a minced serrano and some olive oil. When these were soft, I added them to the soup. Finally, I added about a cup of boiled tomatillos and some of their boiling water to the blender, made a puree, and then this went into the soup. It cooked for another 10 minutes or so and it was a little ugly but very delicious.

Purslane

Comments

canice

I may just have to make this soup Sunday, but I have to ask...is there a recipe around here also for the pork and purlane stew?

Steven Sando

Mine was from the first Diana Kennedy book. I'll try and dig up one we can use here.

onesock39

A sweet Hispanic neighbor from 40 years ago in Chicago taught me how to cook this "weed" as a wonderful vegetable side dish. I loved it. It was simple and flavorful. And full of vitamin C. I regret it doesn't grow in this area of Georgia. I would cook it instantly.

B

From across the Pacific and newly obsessed with beans, I love what you are doing.

We have a similar combination here of mung beans with malabar spinach. Malabar spinach is a bit slimy and in my little garden nibbling tastes similar to purslane.

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