An unusual blend of flavors create this flavorful soup. Garnish with fresh scallions.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
1 hr 15 mins
total:
1 hr 25 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • 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.

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  • In a blender puree 1 cup cooked beans with 1 cup cooking liquid, and return to pan.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Nutrition Facts

224 calories; protein 11.8g; carbohydrates 32.9g; fat 5.3g; cholesterol 10.8mg; sodium 420mg. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
04/08/2005
Nice blend of flavors. To reduce cooking time I used canned black beans and cooked the sweet potatoes in the soup instead of steaming seperately. I've also made this with smoked sausage and prefer it over the Italian. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
11/09/2009
This had a good flavor. No rush but I wouldn't mind making it again. Changes are as follows: 1) Used 2 cans of black beans rinsed. 2) Used 8 cups chicken broth. 3) Used 1 lb sausage. 4) Caraway instead of allspice. 5) Cut potatoes up into small pieces and cooked with everything else. 6) Did not use tomato paste because I didn't have it...didn't miss it. Read More
(8)
71 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 35
  • 4 star values: 21
  • 3 star values: 11
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
04/07/2005
Nice blend of flavors. To reduce cooking time I used canned black beans and cooked the sweet potatoes in the soup instead of steaming seperately. I've also made this with smoked sausage and prefer it over the Italian. Read More
(37)
Rating: 5 stars
10/10/2007
This recipe is absolutely delicious! I made this because it combines two of my favorite ingredients (black beans and sweet potatoes) - the sausage doesn't hurt either. I made mine extra thick by pureeing most of the beans; I also cooked my sweet potatoes in the microwave (just peel and stick them in for 7 minutes) before slicing them. I also added some sauteed onions and cayenne pepper for spice. Great recipe! Read More
(36)
Rating: 5 stars
02/11/2008
I know this sounds strange however I personally don't care for soups that resemble pumpkin pie... I don't care for sweet soups I guess and I prefer to not make sweet potatoes sweeter... I took the premise of this recipe and instead of Allspice used Cajun spices in it's place (Morton & Bassett "Cajun Spice Blend" which is all natural "salt free" no msg etc.) as the bulk of my actual seasoning in this soup... I also used Cajun Classiques Creole Seasoning (DOES have lots of salt) to taste... I used 1/2 a healthier (lower fat) Kielbasa sausage vs. Italian or Smoked... I cannot tell you how outstanding this soup is! Essentially I am TRYING to cook Diabetic for myself yet my family keeps hounding me for this soup! The hordes descend the second I make this! Help! LOL Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/15/2007
Delicious. I used canned beans and cut back on the water. Also cooked the potatoes in the soup instead of steaming. Next time I will blend all the beans to make a thicker soup and add another can of a different type of beans to eat. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/01/2004
Very interesting flavours! My husband loves sausage so this soup was a hit with him. It was also a good way to work black beans and sweet potato into a meal. I forgot to puree 1 cup of the beans and liquid so ours was quite liquidy but very good nonetheless. I also used canned beans so I reduced the water and cooking time a bit. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/29/2007
This was a hit with the family. I used smoked sausage the first time and the second I used Jimmy Dean hot sausage. That was really good hot and lightly sweet. I also used roasted onions instead of using green onions. I wasn't sure how the black beans would look in the soup so first time I used navy beans. Both beans were good in the soup. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
11/09/2009
This had a good flavor. No rush but I wouldn't mind making it again. Changes are as follows: 1) Used 2 cans of black beans rinsed. 2) Used 8 cups chicken broth. 3) Used 1 lb sausage. 4) Caraway instead of allspice. 5) Cut potatoes up into small pieces and cooked with everything else. 6) Did not use tomato paste because I didn't have it...didn't miss it. Read More
(8)
Rating: 5 stars
09/30/2009
This is a very good soup. I have made this several times and it never fails to please. I always add random vegetables from the fridge/freezer such as corn beans and carrots. I always cut up the sweet potatoes (without peeling) and dump them in the soup to cook. The Italian sausage is easier to cut into pieces if partially frozen. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/08/2004
This recipe is great! I live in Japan and could actually find almost all of the ingredients to make this soup. I substituted okonomiyaki sauce for the worcestshire sauce. The sweet potatoes and the sausauge created a sweet and spicy taste. I had no problems with my beans cooking in the 50 minutes. Just make sure to SOAK your beans overnight or for 8 hours before boiling. Read More
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