Easy Red Beans & Rice

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"When I have the time, by all means, I soak the beans, cook them slow with the ham shanks, and shred the meat. But, this is a quick version which can be done in 30-40 minutes - and on the table. It is still very good; but it allows you to make it on a weeknight. Just add a salad for a quick dinner. Now, I enjoy a "hearty" version of rice with this, so I count on 1/2-3/4 cup rice per serving. This makes approximately 4-6 servings of the beans."

Original recipe yields 5 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (716.2 g)
  • Calories 1029
  • Total Fat - 30.2 g
  • Saturated Fat - 9.1 g
  • Cholesterol - 79.4 mg
  • Sodium - 2668.2 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 143.9 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 32.5 g
  • Sugars - 9.4 g
  • Protein - 50.3 g
  • Calcium - 296.2 mg
  • Iron - 14.1 mg
  • Vitamin C - 68.7 mg
  • Thiamin - 1.1 mg

Step 1

Rice ... Cook the rice according to package directions, but substitute the water with chicken broth. Set to the side once the rice is done.

Step 2

Base ... In a medium size pot, add 1 teaspoon or less of olive oil and add in the sausage and cook on medium high heat for 2-3 minutes until you get a little color on the sausage; then add in the onion, celery, bell pepper, garlic and cook another 2-3 minutes.

Step 3

Add the worcestershire, a few drops of hot sauce (you can always add more), oregano, thyme, cajun seasoning (start out with 1 teaspoon, again you can add more later), bay leaf, broth and beans. Bring to a light boil, then reduce to a simmer. Cook uncovered for 15 minutes until some of the liquid has reduced and the beans have thickened up a bit.

Step 4

Finish ... Remove the bay leaf and season once again with more cajun seasoning and hot sauce if necessary; as well as salt or pepper depending on your taste. Cook another 5-10 minutes and it is ready to enjoy.

Step 5

Serve ... A nice bowl filled with rice, top with the beans and serve with some crusty bread. ENJOY!

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Yum! No surprise, this is another winner from Kim! Flavorful, with a kick, and so easy. This is a definite keeper, and I will think of Kim when I make it again!

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(11 Apr 2017)

Derf "RIP" Forever in our Kitchen

Delicious Saturday night supper with enough to freeze for another day! Actually only made less than half of the recipe for the 2 of us. Loaded with flavour, i used Chipotle Tabasco, and had to use a yellow bell pepper with brown rice. Instead of serving it over the rice i added the rice to the bean mixture near the end. I also used smoked turkey sausage. Loved the cajun flavour.

(20 Apr 2013)