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Saturday, December 19, 2015

Andouille and Black Bean Soup

A while back, I bought some andouille sausage for another recipe (Steamed Mussels and Andouille in White Wine Broth), but there was plenty leftover andouille to freeze. Now it’s time to finish it up, and that’s where this simple, easy (and fast!) black bean soup comes in.

Of course, you can slow it down—and make it even better—by cooking the black beans from scratch, but when time is short, canned black beans work just fine. (Be sure to drain and rinse them well before using.) This soup is on the table in about a half hour.

Serves 4-5

  • 1 tbsp olive oil, plus more as needed
  • 12 oz andouille sausage, cut into 1/3-inch-thick slices
  • 3/4 cup chopped red onion
  • 3/4 cup chopped red bell pepper
  • 2 celery ribs, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • sea salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 2-1/2 cups canned black beans, drained and rinsed
Andouille Sausage 
Prepared Sausage
Prepared Vegetables 
Rinsed Beans
  1. Heat a soup pot or large saucepan over medium heat and add 1 tablespoon of oil. Add the andouille and cook, stirring several times, until browned and just cooked through, 6-7 minutes. Transfer with a slotted spoon to a bowl.
Sausage Beginning to Cook
Cooked Sausage
  1. If there is less than 1 tablespoon of oil in the pan, add a little more. Add the onion, bell pepper, celery, and garlic and cook, stirring a few times, 5 minutes.
  2. Stir in the cumin and paprika and season with salt and pepper. Cook 1 minute.
  3. Add the broth and beans and bring to a simmer. Reduce the heat to low and cook, covered, until all the vegetables have softened, 5-6 minutes.
  4. Return the andouille to the pan and add the parsley. Cook 5 minutes.
Vegetables Added 
Softened Vegetables
Spices Added 
Cooked Soup
Divide the soup among bowls and serve hot.

Andouille and Black Bean Soup

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