Italian Black Bean Chili

1/2 pound bulk italian sausage
2 cans (15 oz.) black beans or cook dry black beans
1 can (14.5 oz) beef broth
1 can (8 oz.) tomato sauce
1 cup sliced carrots
1/2 cup sliced onions
2 bay leaves

Cook sausage until browned and drain. Stir in remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer, covered for 20 minutes. Remove bay leaves. Use potato masher to mash part of carrots and beans. Soup will thicken.