Lobio is a very general Georgian term that basically means beans. In this case, it refers to a thick bean soup that is characteristically rich with herbs and onions.
While the ingredients list for this recipe is short, the soup is bursting with flavor thanks to the copious amounts of herbs and sweet sauteed onions. If you choose to use canned beans, the dish can easily go from prep to table in about 30 minutes, making it a great choice for a healthy weeknight supper.
3 16 oz cans pinto beans (or 1 lb dry pinto beans, prepared according to package directions)
4 medium yellow onions, halved and sliced thin
1 lb (500 g) meaty tomatoes
4 tbsp (60 ml) extra virgin olive oil
salt, to taste
black pepper, to taste
The first step is to heat the olive oil over medium heat in a large pot. Add the onions all together once the oil is ready (shimmery and fragrant, but not smoking). Stirring occasionally, cook over medium heat until they are tender, about 10 minutes.
While waiting on the onions to cook, pour boiling water over the tomatoes and let them sit in the hot water for a few minutes. This will loosen the skins, making them that much easier to peel. Remove the peels and the seeds and roughly chop/smash them before adding them to the onions. If you are pressed for time, a can of crushed tomatoes should be fine as an alternative.