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Sausage and Black Bean Soup

yields 4 servings
takes about 15 minutes from start to finish.

7 oz. smoked sausage, turkey sausage is a healthy alternative
1 c. diced bell pepper, green, red or yellow your choice
1 (14 oz) can  low-sodium chicken broth
1 (15 oz) can black beans, drained and rinsed
¼ c. chunky picante salsa
¼ c. chopped cilantro (optional)

1)      Coat a medium sauce pan with cooking spray and heat over medium-high heat; add in sausage and sauté’ approximately 1 minute or until sausage begins to brown.

2)      Add the diced bell pepper to your sausage and sauté’ an additional minute.

3)      Add in broth; bring to a boil.

4)      Reduce heat and add in the beans and picante salsa; simmer for 5 minutes.

5)      Top with cilantro and serve.

We like to eat this soup with cheese quesadillas.

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