July 3, 2010

Spicy Black Bean Soup With Cajun Sausage

This spicy black bean soup is quick and easy to prepare, with spicy smoked sausage and canned black beans. Serve this tasty soup with cornbread or crusty rolls.
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 12 to 16 ounces Andouille or spicy sausage, thinly sliced
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 2 ribs celery, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 small red bell pepper, diced, about 1/2 cup
  • 2 tablespoons diced jalapeno peppers
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • 2 cans (15 ounces each) black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can (14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes with juice
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried leaf thyme
  • 1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning
  • Salt, to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Heat olive oil in a large saucepan or Dutch oven. Add sausage and cook over medium heat until browned. Add onion, celery, red bell pepper, and jalapeno peppers; sauté for about 3 minutes, until tender. Add garlic and sauté for 1 minute longer. Add the beef broth, beans, tomatoes, lemon juice, and remaining seasonings. Bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer for about 45 minutes.
Serve with cornbread or crusty rolls.

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