Monday, April 11, 2011

Red Beans and Rice

Back in the day I spent a few years in New Orleans, and of course, one of the things that the Big Easy is known for is delicious food! Too bad I spent those years in teenage la-la land. I couldn't have cared less about food or cooking in those days. Oh well, live and learn :)

So now in my older years I am making an attempt at Red Bean and Rice for the first time. And I have to say, it turned out pretty darn tasty!

IMG_1740Serves: 6-8 easily

1 lb uncooked red kidney beans
1 tbsp olive oil
1 onion, chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped
3 cloves garlic, chopped (I may have had more than 3, but we are garlic fans here)
7 cups water
Sausage of your choice (I used Sprouts Spicy Andouille 12 oz- pic below) sliced
1 cup uncooked Brown Rice (more if you like more rice)
IMG_1741Cajun Seasoning

Soak beans in water overnight. Once beans have soaked, drain, rinse and set aside.

Place olive oil in large pan/Dutch oven over med-high heat. Add the onion and bell pepper, salt and pepper and cook for about 6-8 minutes. Add garlic and cook for another 2-3 minutes. Add beans and water. Increase heat to high and bring to a boil. Decrease the heat to a simmer, cover and cook for 1 1/2 hours, stirring every 30 minutes.  Uncover, increase the heat slightly to maintain a steady simmer, add sausage and Cajun seasoning, and continue to cook for another 30 to 40 minutes or until the beans are tender and the sauce is thickened to your liking.

During the last 30 minutes of the beans cooking, add rice to a seperate pot. Add just enought water that when you stick your finger into pot and the tip of your finger touches the rice, the water reaches your first knuckle of your middle finger (or first line). Set on med-high, cover and let boil. Once the water begins to boil, reduce to low-med and simmer until ready. I love the knuckle trick, I saw it on Cooking Channel's Spice Goddess and its worked everytime.

Once beans are cookied to your liking, serve over rice.  Enjoy :)

Nutrition Facts (Based on 8 servings)
(Approximate - from
Amount Per Serving
Calories - 396

Total Fat - 9.1g
Saturated Fat - 2.5g
Cholesterol - 51mg
Sodium - 455mg
Total Carbohydrates - 58.8g
Dietary Fiber - 10.0g
Sugars - 3.2g
Protein - 20.7g
Vitamin A 9% • Vitamin C 38%
Calcium 11% • Iron 35%

Miz Helen’s Country Cottage


  1. I was blog hopping when I stumbled on your blog.
    Nice recipes you have here!
    I'm your newest follower! Would appreciate a follow back on Pinay In Texas Cooking Corner.
    Thanks! Enjoy the rest of the week!

  2. I love andouille sausage!! This looks delicious reminds me of a jambalaya almost!

  3. Hi Shelby,
    I am so excited to meet you. We had a home in Carrollton for over 20 years before we retired to the country and lake. We still have family in that area. I would like to invite you to link up to my Full Plate Thursday the link is open until Saturday, you will meet lots of new friends. Your Red Beans and Rice look so good. That is pure comfort food, great photo. I am your newest follower.

  4. Thank you all so much for the comments :) I love pics and food, haha!

    @Tina - will definitely follow :)
    @safire - yes, I thought the same. think that will be on my to do list haha
    @Helen - Hello! I can't wait for the day that we can retire to the country! I will check out your Full Plate Thursday, thank you!

    I love all your sites :) Beautiful!

  5. Hi Shelby,
    I was so excited to see you here at Full Plate Thursday with your wonderful Red Beans and Rice. I will look forward to seeing you next week, be sure and come back!