Kate’s Aqaurian Black Bean Soup

I call it Aquarian because Aquarians tend to be connect dots in unusually beautiful ways. Their thinking is always outside of the box and once understood, a whole new world is open for the adventurous ones.

In cooking my mother would call this style “hodge-podge” thrown ingredients together and enjoy. I tend to read a few recipes and draw from them. That is how this soup came about. Now for the ingredients I used this time around. Have fun experimenting! One more thing…I generally use organic and local products.

1 package Hot Italian Sausage (I used McKenzie’s 6 or 8 in package)
2 cans Black Beans (15 oz)
1 can Diced Tomatoes (15 oz)
1 box Chicken Broth (24 to 36 oz)
1 Butternut Squash (peeled and cut into 1 to 2 inch cubes or snowflakes)
1 Sweet Onion (diced in whatever fashion you like)
2 stalks Celery (same as above)
2 cloves Fresh Garlic (minced) (to taste)
Fresh Parsley (chopped) (to taste)
1 tsp. dried Cumin

Brown the sausage. Remove and slice into pieces. Return to pan. Add onions, celery to combine flavors.
I use a crockpot so I put the sausage, onion, and celery mixture in first. Add the butternut squash, tomatoes, chicken broth. Give it a stir. Then add garlic and cumin. Add parsley to taste. Some for garnish.

I let in cook over night on low.

Viola, and bon appetit!

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