I made this exactly written except for the fact that I didn't have any sherry. I substituted dry vermouth. I read all the reviews and opted to keep the 2 cups of water. I'm glad I did. If you serve it over rice (as you would gumbo), then the extra liquid is a good thing, but we thought it was also good without any rice. I used an immersion blender so I would still have some of the beans for texture. The flavor is wonderful. My husband and adult son both loved it, especially with a dollop of sour cream on top. I will definitely make this again. Best black bean soup I've ever had. UPDATE: If you use the quick-soak method for the dried black beans instead of the overnight method, the beans will be softer. I find I prefer using dried if I have time, but 4 cans of beans work fine as well.
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I made this exactly written except for the fact that I didn't have any sherry. I substituted...