In a large saucepan or stock pot, fry the bacon over medium-high heat for 2 minutes. Add the chopped and sliced sausages and cook with the bacon until the fat is rendered and all the meat is browned, about 5 minutes. Add the onions, Essence, and crushed red pepper and cook, stirring often, until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, 30 seconds. Add the bay leaf, tomatoes and stock and stir to combine. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 30 minutes. Season, to taste, with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Garnish with cilantro and serve with crusty bread.
Yield: 6 servings