This turned out wonderfully and was very easy to cook. I added spices and herbs to make it more Italian, like Oregano, Rosemary, Basil and more garlic. I used the whole small can of tomato paste cause I never use the left over in time. It was a very rich thick soup with a lovely aroma and got my son to the table without having to call. He likes thick soups so mashing the black beans was a great idea. Will definitely add this to the list of family favorites. I think I may put the left overs over rice.
Cumin and Italian Sausage, not a combination I had tried before, but it worked really well. Dont skip the step where you smash the beans, I think I would have liked the consistancy better had I done that.