Black Bean & Sausage Soup

Slow cookers, crock pots make the best soups!  Just throw in a bunch of ingredients turn crock pot on high for about 4 hours.  This soup is now one of my favorites, it is very tasty and the breakfast sausage spices do not over power the other ingredients, they compliment them.

I usually add a half cup brown or white rice at the end and turn the slow cooker crock pot on low for about half an hour.  A great add in is pearl barley too, it’s not just for the old standard beef barley soup.  Usually pearl barley takes a little longer to cook, it can be added at the beginning with the other ingredients.

Black Bean & Sausage Soup

1 pound ground natural pork breakfast sausage, browned and drain fat (substitution: turkey sausage)

1 can low sodium or no salt added black beans (approx. 15 ounces)

1 can low sodium or no salt added diced tomatoes (approx. 15 ounces)

1 can low sodium beef or chicken broth (approx. 15 ounces)

1 small green bell pepper diced

1 small sweet red pepper diced

1 medium size onion diced

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon onion powder

2 teaspoons minced garlic (packed in jar with water or olive oil)

1 or 2 pinches of cayenne red pepper flakes (optional)

1/2 cup dry uncooked brown minute rice (to throw in after soup is done)

salt & pepper to taste

I use a 3 quart slow cooker for this soup

Throw everything in the crock pot slow cooker, except the brown minute rice

Stir everything to incorporate all ingredients evenly

Cook for about 4 hours on high

After 4 hours turn on low and add the brown minute rice cook for another half hour

Turn off slow cooker and serve!

What’s great about making soup you can change recipes to include the ingredients you have.  No black beans, use pinto beans, black eyed peas, red beans, butter beans, etc… Maybe add a handful of frozen sweet corn.