Sausage and Black Bean Soup

 Fall is soup time for us…this is one of our favorites.   It’s quick and simple using canned black beans – I usually can our own.  Served with hearty crackers or bread it’s a meal.             
                           Sausage and Black Bean Stew
  4            ounces  Chicken and Apple Sausage -- sliced (or your preference)
  1            cup  Onion -- chopped
     3/4     cup  Celery -- chopped
  2            teaspoons  Garlic -- chopped
  1            cup  Beef Bouillon
  2            cans or pints  Black Beans, Canned -- drained and rinsed
  1            cup  Spaghetti Sauce -- (or salsa) (chunky)
  1 1/2     teaspoons  Cumin
     1/2     teaspoon  Onion Powder
  2            dashes  Oregano
Brown sausage, remove.  Combine all, cover and simmer for 20-25 minutes until vegetables are tender, add sausage and heat.  Makes approx. 3 cups
4 servings
Yield:  "1 1/2 quarts"
Per Serving: 311 Calories; 6g Fat (17.6% calories from fat); 19g Protein; 45g Carbohydrate; 15g Dietary Fiber; 22mg Cholesterol; 1483mg Sodium.  Exchanges: 2 Grain(Starch); 1 1/2 Lean Meat; 2 1/2 Vegetable; 0 Fruit; 1/2 Fat.

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