Italian Sausage & Black Bean Soup
12 ounces Italian sausage, casings removed
1 large onion, chopped (2 cups)
1 medium carrot, shredded
1 large rib celery, finely chopped
2 bay leaves
3 large cloves garlic, finely chopped
5 cups water
4 tablespoons Antonio’s Italian Spice Blend®
1 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper
2 (15 ounce) cans black beans, drained and thoroughly rinsed
Salt to taste
In a 6 quart soup pot, add Italian sausage and cook for 2 minutes, breaking up sausage into small pieces. Add onions, carrot, celery, bay leaves and garlic, cook until tender. Add 5 cups water, Antonio’s Italian Spice Blend®, pepper and black beans, stir. Bring to a boil, stirring often. Lower heat, cover pot, simmer for 30 minutes, salt to taste.
Olde Bill’s Comments: Mash a few beans with the back of a spoon to thicken sauce.