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Red Beans and Rice – Tasty Cajun Recipe

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Enjoy Cajun food even when you’re not in New Orleans with this simple weeknight Red Beans and Rice recipe. Smoky, hearty, and slightly spicy, this incredibly delicious Red Beans and Rice is the ultimate Cajun comfort food

Growing up in the South with a father who owned a restaurant, I was raised on delicious food. That man could cook practically any dish – ranging from French to Jewish to Chinese cuisine – and it would come out tasting amazing. One of my absolute favorite meals was his Cajun-inspired Red Beans and Rice.

Enjoy Cajun food even when you're not in New Orleans with this simple weeknight Red Beans and Rice recipe. Smoky, hearty and slightly spicy, this incredibly delicious Red Beans and Rice is the ultimate Cajun comfort food. Canned beans makes this recipe quick and simple, yet rich in flavor.

HOW TO MAKE EASY WEEKNIGHT RED BEANS AND RICE

This simple Red Beans and Rice recipe is one of those meals that taste as though you spent hours in the hot kitchen putting it all together. But just between you and me, in reality it takes a little over an hour from start to finish. And once they taste it, your family will beg you for more!

red beans and rice finished

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RED BEANS AND RICE INGREDIENTS

  • kidney beans
  • olive oil
  • onion
  • green bell pepper
  • celery
  • garlic
  • Cajun seasoning
  • cayenne pepper
  • thyme
  • sage
  • parsley
  • bay leaves
  • sea salt
  • Andouille sausage
  • long grain white rice
  • water
red beans and rice ingredients

INSTRUCTIONS TO MAKE RED BEANS AND RICE

Making this red beans and rice is super easy.

Step One: Sauté

In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Sauté the garlic, onion, green pepper, and celery in the olive oil. Next, stir the beans in to the cooked vegetables.

Step Two: Season

Add the Cajun seasoning, cayenne pepper, thyme, sage, parsley, salt and bay leaves.

Step Three: Simmer

Mix well, bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to simmer.

 combine veggies, beans and sausage in large pan and cook

Step Four: Cook Sausage

In the meantime, cook the sliced sausage in a smaller pan, then add to the bean and vegetable mixture and let continue cooking.

Step Five: Prepare Rice

Prepare the rice by bringing water and rice to a boil. Once boiling, remove from heat, cover and let sit for 5 minutes.  

Step Six: Serve and Enjoy!

Now all that is left to do is serve the beans over the steamed white rice, garnish with a pinch of parsley and enjoy!

Enjoy Cajun food even when you're not in New Orleans with this simple weeknight Red Beans and Rice recipe. Smoky, hearty and slightly spicy, this incredibly delicious Red Beans and Rice is the ultimate Cajun comfort food. Canned beans makes this recipe quick and simple, yet rich and complex in flavor.

And that’s it! Easy as can be!

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Yield: 4 servings

Red Beans and Rice - Tasty Cajun Recipe

close up red beans and rice

Enjoy Cajun food even when you're not in New Orleans with this simple weeknight Red Beans and Rice recipe. Smoky, hearty and slightly spicy, this incredibly delicious Red Beans and Rice is the ultimate Cajun comfort food. 

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 cans dark red kidney beans
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • 1 pound Andouille sausage, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup oilve oil
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning (or more if you like it HOT)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried sage
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley
  • 1 - 2 large bay leaves
  • 1/8 tsp sea salt
  • 2 cups long grain white rice
  • 2 cups water

Instructions

    1. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Sauté the garlic, onion, green pepper, and celery in the olive oil for 4 to 5 minutes.
    2. Next, stir the beans in to the cooked vegetables. Add the Cajun seasoning, cayenne pepper, thyme, sage, parsley, salt and bay leaves. Mix well, bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes.
    3. In the meantime, cook the sliced sausage in a smaller pan for 3 to 5 minutes, then add to the bean and vegetable mixture. Continue to simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes.
    4. Meanwhile, prepare the rice by bringing 2 cups of water and 2 cups of rice to a boil. Once boiling, remove from heat, cover and let sit for 5 minutes or until rice is done.  

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4 servings

Serving Size:

1 cup

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 725Total Fat: 47gSaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 30gCholesterol: 69mgSodium: 1305mgCarbohydrates: 51gFiber: 8gSugar: 4gProtein: 25g

Nutritional information is automatically calculated with ingredients and serving size and may not be accurate. Please always double check with your own nutritional apps as well.

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Julie syl

Saturday 17th of June 2017

It looks delicious. So healthy! I like it. I would love to try this.

Alaina Bullock

Tuesday 20th of June 2017

It really is very good! Let me know if you try it!

Kristen from The Road to Domestication

Wednesday 14th of June 2017

I love the colors of this dish! I can't eat anything with red sauce in it late in the day anymore. I must be getting old LOL

kelly reci

Wednesday 14th of June 2017

Woah! Looks like a very tasty recipe and very easy to prepare! I like it!

Rosey

Tuesday 13th of June 2017

This is just the kind of dish that hits the spot. I'd love to make this for my big (grown) kids sometime when they're over for the weekend.

Carol Cassara

Tuesday 13th of June 2017

The red beans look amazing and tasty and I'm sure they go so well with the rice. For a dish that's packed with flavor, you'd think it was cooked for hours!

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