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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


  • 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


  • 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.


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.