Black Bean, Sausage, and Sweet Potato Soup Recipe

Ingredients
<br>- 5 ½ cups water
<br>- 1 ½ cups dry black beans
<br>- 3 cloves garlic, minced
<br>- 1  bay leaf
<br>- ¼ teaspoon ground allspice
<br>- 2 cups chicken broth
<br>- 1 tablespoon tomato paste
<br>- 1 tablespoon water
<br>- ¼ pound Italian sausage, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
<br>- ½ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
<br>- 1 pound sweet potatoes
<br>- 3  green onions
<br>- salt to taste
<br>- ground black pepper to taste
<br><p></p>Directions
<br>step 1: In a 4 quart saucepan, combine beans, garlic, bay leaf, allspice, broth and 5 1/2 cups water. Cook, partially covered, until beans are tender, about 50 minutes. Discard bay leaf.
<br>step 2: In a blender puree 1 cup cooked beans with 1 cup cooking liquid, and return to pan.
<br>step 3: In a small bowl, stir together tomato paste and 1 tablespoon water; stir into beans with sausage and Worcestershire sauce. Simmer soup, covered, for 15 minutes. Soup may be prepared up to this point 3 days ahead.
<br>step 4: While soup is simmering, peel sweet potatoes and cut into 1/2 inch pieces. Steam until tender, about 10 minutes. Stir potatoes, 3 chopped scallions, and salt and pepper to taste into soup. Serve soup garnished with scallion greens.
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Ingredients
- 5 ½ cups water
- 1 ½ cups dry black beans
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 bay leaf
- ¼ teaspoon ground allspice
- 2 cups chicken broth
- 1 tablespoon tomato paste
- 1 tablespoon water
- ¼ pound Italian sausage, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
- ½ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 pound sweet potatoes
- 3 green onions
- salt to taste
- ground black pepper to taste

Directions
step 1: In a 4 quart saucepan, combine beans, garlic, bay leaf, allspice, broth and 5 1/2 cups water. Cook, partially covered, until beans are tender, about 50 minutes. Discard bay leaf.
step 2: In a blender puree 1 cup cooked beans with 1 cup cooking liquid, and return to pan.
step 3: In a small bowl, stir together tomato paste and 1 tablespoon water; stir into beans with sausage and Worcestershire sauce. Simmer soup, covered, for 15 minutes. Soup may be prepared up to this point 3 days ahead.
step 4: While soup is simmering, peel sweet potatoes and cut into 1/2 inch pieces. Steam until tender, about 10 minutes. Stir potatoes, 3 chopped scallions, and salt and pepper to taste into soup. Serve soup garnished with scallion greens.

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