Black Bean & Sausage Soup
In a Dutch oven or large soup pot, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the sausage and sauté until beginning to brown, about 5 minutes. Add the onion, garlic, bell pepper, pepper flakes and cumin, and sauté until the vegetables are soft, about 10 minutes. Add stock and beans and simmer 15 minutes. Lightly mash the beans with the back of a wooden spoon to slightly thicken the soup. Season to taste with salt and pepper before serving.