RED BEANS, SMOKED SAUSAGE AND RICE

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Red beans are a Southern favorite and this hearty recipe makes a wonderful weeknight meal.

Red beans with smoked sausage served over rice makes for a delicious and hearty meal found in many Southern kitchens. My family loves red beans and rice and it’s so easy to make. Serve it with some Southern Cornmeal Hoecakes for a real comfort food dinner.

Red beans, smoked sausage and rice can be made on the stove top or in the crock pot.

1 (1 pound) bag dried small red beans

8 cups water

4 chicken bouillon cubes (can use 2 less cups of water and add one can of chicken broth)

1 teaspoon bacon grease (optional)

1 ham hock

1 teaspoon minced garlic

1 small onion, chopped

1 teaspoon thyme

1 teaspoon black pepper

1/2 teaspoon ground sage

1 (approx. 1 pound package) smoked sausage or andouille sausage, cut into slices or pieces

1 bay leaf

1 teaspoon salt

Long grain rice or rice of your choice

Rinse the beans and put in dutch oven or large pot. (I do not soak these beans)  Add water and remaining ingredients except for salt. Bring to a boil.  Reduce heat, cover and simmer on low for about 2 hours.  Add salt before serving.   Serve over rice of your choice.   Enjoy!
Note:  I use long grain rice prepared according to package directions.  This could be made in the crock pot, too.  Just cook the red beans and sausage on low for about 7 or 8 hours until beans are done and make your rice separate.

Leave out the meat for a great vegetarian meal!

 
 

Red Beans and Rice

Easy Recipe
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time2 hrs
Total Time2 hrs 15 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, southern
Keyword: Red Beans and Rice
Servings: 8 servings
Author: The Southern Lady Cooks

Ingredients

  • 1 1 pound bag dried small red beans
  • 8 cups water
  • 4 chicken bouillon cubes can use 2 less cups of water and add one can of chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon bacon grease optional
  • 1 ham hock
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground sage
  • 1 approx. 1 pound package smoked sausage, cut into slices or pieces
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Long grain rice or rice of your choice

Instructions

  • Rinse the beans and put in dutch oven or large pot. (I do not soak these beans)  Add water and remaining ingredients except for salt. Bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat, cover and simmer on low for about 2 hours.  Add salt before serving.   Serve over rice of your choice.

Notes

I use long grain rice prepared according to package directions.  This could be made in the crock pot, too.  Just cook the red beans and sausage on low for about 7 or 8 hours until beans are done and make your rice separate.

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