Slow Cooker GF Cajun BlackBean & Sausage Gumbo

1-2 cups dried black beans or 3-4 cups canned black beans
7 cups water
Soak dried beans overnight in cold water to cover.  Next morning drain and cover with 7 cups of water.  Cook until soft – this could take one hour on stove top or in a pressure cooker cook 10 minutes and let cool.  Or, just use canned black beans 3-4 cups. You can use some of the cooked bean water in your soup.

In your slow cooker or pot on stove put the following:
2lbs Farmers Sausage, chopped into chunks (Farmers sausage is a lightly smoked sausage)
1 teaspoon garlic powder
2 teaspoons thyme powder
2 cups onions, diced
4 stalks celery, sliced
1/2 cup rice flour
At this point stir the ingredients that are in the slow cooker. then add:
4 cups chicken stock
2 tablespoons soy sauce or worchestershire sauce (both are good)
1/4 cup tomato paste
1 can diced tomatoes 14 oz. approx.
Add more water to fill pot.
salt to taste – if you use homemade stock or low salt stock you may need to add at least 3-4 teaspoons.
Stir in the cooked or canned black beans.  Cover and cook on low 10 hours or on high for 4-5 hours.
If you wish you may brown the onions and Farmers Sausage first in a frying pan and then add.
This is very tasty as a soup or served over brown rice with a side of crusty bread/dinner rolls and a salad.

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