Spicy Black Bean and Sausage Soup with Roasted Garlic

24 Mar
Spicy Black Bean and Sausage Soup with Roasted Garlic

Spicy Black Bean and Sausage Soup with Roasted Garlic

You’d think being unemployed would have all kinds of perks, like lots of free time for cooking and blogging, right? Long story short, that is not the case, so my quest for easy and delicious dinners remains the same.

Here’s one I made a few weeks ago I had waiting in the wings (thank goodness because my spare time has been minimal) that is chock full of flavor and spice! This hearty soup was one of those welcome, warming dinners on a cold and dreary evening. I hope you think so too.

Spicy Black Bean and Sausage Soup with Roasted Garlic

8 ounces dried black beans, soaked overnight (or sub two cans)
6 cloves garlic, unpeeled, tips removed
Olive oil for garlic
1 tablespoon bacon grease or olive oil
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped carrot
4 ounces ground spicy Italian sausage
1 chipotle in Adobo sauce, minced plus one tablespoon of the sauce
1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
4 cups ham or chicken stock
1 14.5 ounce can tomatoes with liquid (I used my homemade canned tomatoes)
1 tablespoon dry sherry or apple cider vinegar
Salt, to taste
Lime wedges, cilantro, sour cream, for garnish

Garlic Ready for Roasting

Garlic Ready for Roasting

Drain and rinse beans (dried or canned) and set aside. Nestle cloves of garlic cut tips up in aluminum foil and drizzle olive oil over top. Wrap tightly and place in 350-degree toaster oven (or oven) for 25 minutes. Remove and set aside.

Meanwhile, heat the tablespoon bacon grease or olive oil in a Dutch oven or soup pot over medium heat. Add the onions, carrots and ground sausage, stirring until sausage is cooked through. Drain any grease, if necessary. Stir in the chipotle and sauce, smoked paprika, cumin, and cayenne pepper until combined and fragrant.

Sausage and Veggie Mixture

Sausage and Veggie Mixture

Pour in the stock, then squeeze the cloves of roasted garlic out of their skins into the soup. Now add the beans. Bring up to a boil, then turn down andย simmer until the beans are cooked through. For dried beans, this could take an hour or more depending on how old the beans are. Canned beans are ready when heated through.

Pureed Tomatoes

Pureed Tomatoes

Puree the tomatoes with liquid in a container using an immersion blender stick, or a blender or food processor. (I used my new Cuisinart stick!) Once the beans are tender, pour in the tomatoes and sherry or vinegar. Taste for salt, and add if necessary.

Puree about half the soup using an immersion stick, or add to blender or food processor in batches. I like mine a bit chunky. Once soup has warmed through again, serve immediately and pass with lime wedges, cilantro, and sour cream.

Spicy Black Bean and Sausage Soup with Roasted Garlic

Spicy Black Bean and Sausage Soup with Roasted Garlic

 

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52 Responses to “Spicy Black Bean and Sausage Soup with Roasted Garlic”

  1. markbialczak March 24, 2017 at 2:46 pm #

    That looks and sounds delicious to me, Kathryn Grace. (And, yes, being unemployed is one of the hardest jobs of all, I discovered while I was freelancing and looking for full-time work and blogging all at the same time …)

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    • anotherfoodieblogger March 24, 2017 at 2:48 pm #

      Thank you Mark, it’s been so many years since I haven’t had a job, it’s a bit perplexing. BUT, my resume is all updated and sent in to several places already. Thank you so much for your kind words. ๐Ÿ™‚

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      • markbialczak March 25, 2017 at 7:11 am #

        Stay diligent and upbeat, and you’ll end up on top, Kathryn Grace. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. apuginthekitchen March 24, 2017 at 2:55 pm #

    Delicious soup Kathryn, soup season is winding down but there is still some cold weather left, saved!!

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  3. Cheryl "Cheffie Cooks" Wiser March 24, 2017 at 3:21 pm #

    Aw KR you mean that you will not be returning to your position ever? Noooooooooo! I thought it was a temporary lay off??? Clue me in please. Soup sounds yum-oooooo! xoxo ccc

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    • anotherfoodieblogger March 24, 2017 at 5:05 pm #

      Yep, it was a permanent layoff. I’d been there 16 years! A Reduction in Force is the name according to the bean counters. Thanks sweetie, I have other job prospects on the horizon! xoxoxo

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  4. fravitch March 24, 2017 at 3:40 pm #

    Mmm.. This is awesome! I love soups and also I am huge fun of roasted garlic!! ๐Ÿ™‚ I want to have this with Jasmine rice !!

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  5. FrugalHausfrau March 24, 2017 at 3:58 pm #

    This has my name written ALL over it! I love all your special touches like the roasted garlic, the smoked paprika, the chipotle! When’s dinner??

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  6. Freda @ Aromatic essence March 24, 2017 at 5:29 pm #

    Sounds so yummy, Kathryn! I love the roasted garlic! This is one flavor packed soup ๐Ÿ™‚

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  7. Book Club Mom March 24, 2017 at 5:59 pm #

    Looks great – it’s still cold enough here for soup too!

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  8. elliebleu March 24, 2017 at 7:18 pm #

    This looks delicious Kathryn! I always forget how wonderful roasted garlic is in dishes like the one you prepared. It’s well worth the extra step. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  9. D. Wallace Peach March 24, 2017 at 8:15 pm #

    Thanks for the recipe, Kathryn. Anything with all that garlic does well in our house. ๐Ÿ™‚ Sounds nice and spicy too! Yum.

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  10. Teagan Geneviene March 25, 2017 at 5:46 am #

    Yum! This sounds delicious, Kathryn. It looks so hearty in your lovely photos. Thanks for another delicious meal. Mega hugs.

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  11. cookingwithauntjuju.com March 25, 2017 at 6:12 am #

    I love the addition of spicy sausage to your bean soup – kick it up a notch! Also, the roasted garlic adds some great flavor too.

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  12. chef mimi March 25, 2017 at 7:07 am #

    Fantastic! I love all. Of the components of this soup. I typically add some sausage to black bean soup, but it’s bigger chunks. i like what you did.

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  13. Kate March 25, 2017 at 4:07 pm #

    I have to admit,your layoff came as a shock to me.I hope you’re Ok! I know it’s not walk on the roses,but hope you can first relax and have some time just for yourself. And then you strike back and land the perfect job ๐Ÿ™‚ The soup looks looks really tasty!

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    • anotherfoodieblogger March 25, 2017 at 4:21 pm #

      Thank you so much Kate for your kind words. I’ve seen layoffs at this company for years now, I guess my number was up! I don’t take it personally and plan on relaxing as much as possible before my next venture. xo

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  14. Gerlinde de Broekert (Sunnycovechef) March 25, 2017 at 6:47 pm #

    It’s a rainy day here and this would be a perfect soup . It looks delicious.

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  15. Lynz Real Cooking March 26, 2017 at 6:30 pm #

    This sounds totally delicious KR!

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  16. Karina Pinella March 26, 2017 at 9:21 pm #

    Another one to add on the to make list.

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  17. StefanGourmet March 27, 2017 at 3:32 am #

    This looks great! I’ll replace the Italian sausage with Mexican chorizo, if I can find any.

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  18. Michelle Williams March 27, 2017 at 8:49 am #

    Wow! This is making my mouth water. I am looking forward to making this soup!

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  19. Kev March 27, 2017 at 11:55 am #

    Sounds fantastic. I’ve never heard of a sausage soup before.

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  20. Karen March 27, 2017 at 12:53 pm #

    I hope you won’t be looking for a job for long but in the meantime you certainly did prepare a delicious soup. And you know what, I’d have this anytimeโ€ฆnot just when it is cold. If that was the case here in Florida, we would never have soup. ๐Ÿ˜€

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    • anotherfoodieblogger March 27, 2017 at 1:05 pm #

      Thanks Karen, and isn’t that the truth about Florida?! I lived there for almost 5 years so I get that. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  21. Conor Bofin March 27, 2017 at 1:16 pm #

    You had me at “roasted garlic”. Excellent soup.

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  22. PantryPortfolio March 27, 2017 at 7:43 pm #

    Yum! That roasted garlic is calling my name.

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  23. Bernadette March 28, 2017 at 9:13 am #

    My husband loves black beans. I am definitely going to make this. Have you ever made it with chorizo?

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    • anotherfoodieblogger March 28, 2017 at 9:33 am #

      I have not, but I certainly would have used that if I had it. I had a small amount of the spicy Italian I needed to use up. But chorizo would be excellent!

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  24. Fourth Generation Farmgirl April 4, 2017 at 2:50 pm #

    I’m sure you’ll find another position soon. Enjoy your free time!
    This black bean soup looks fantastic! I love black beans. ๐Ÿ™‚

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