Red Beans and Rice Recipe

Red Beans and Rice Recipe

How To Make Red Beans and Rice

The slightly sweet flavor of red beans is mixed with the smokiness from sausages and herbs for an earthy layer of flavor for this red beans and rice dish.

Preparation: 20 minutes
Cooking: 1 hour 40 minutes
Total: 2 hours



  • 1lbred beans,dried, 500 g
  • ¼cupolive oil
  • 13ozAndouille sausage
  • 1largeonion,2 cups, chopped
  • 1mediumbell pepper,chopped
  • 1largecelery,rib, chopped
  • 6garlic cloves,finely chopped or minced
  • 2tbsptomato paste
  • 2tspItalian herbs,dried
  • 1tspcajun seasoning
  • ½tspcumin,ground
  • ½tsppaprika
  • tspcayenne pepper,or to taste, optional
  • 3thyme,sprigs
  • 1ham hock
  • 6cupswater
  • 2bay leaves
  • ¼cupparsley,fresh, chopped
  • 2tbspgreen onions,chopped
  • ½tspsalt,or to taste
  • ¼tspblack pepper,cracked, or to taste


  1. Rinse beans then soak in a large bowl with water overnight. When ready to cook, drain the soaked beans, give them a rinse and set aside. 

  2. Heat oil in a large heavy-based pot over medium-high heat. Fry sausage until slightly browned while stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes.

  3. Add onion, bell pepper, celery, and garlic, sauté for 3 to 4 minutes until soft and fragrant.

  4. Season with tomato paste, Italian herbs, paprika, cajun seasoning, cumin, paprika, cayenne and thyme sprigs. Sauté, stirring occasionally, for a further minute.

  5. Add the ham hock, water, and pre-soaked beans.

  6. Season with a pinch of salt to taste and black pepper. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and cover the pot.

  7. Let simmer while stirring occasionally so that the beans don’t stick to the bottom of the pot, for about 1½ to 2 hours or until beans are tender.

  8. Carefully remove ham hock and shred meat off the bone. Stir the meat back into the pot and discard bone.

  9. Add parsley and simmer for a further 10 minutes. Taste test and adjust seasonings accordingly.

  10. Discard bay leaves and thyme. Serve beans over rice with green onions and hot sauce.


  • Calories: 694.81kcal
  • Fat: 35.03g
  • Saturated Fat: 9.80g
  • Trans Fat: 0.06g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 17.41g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 4.83g
  • Carbohydrates: 54.42g
  • Fiber: 20.76g
  • Sugar: 4.52g
  • Protein: 42.80g
  • Cholesterol: 81.68mg
  • Sodium: 1257.17mg
  • Calcium: 169.11mg
  • Potassium: 1638.87mg
  • Iron: 8.97mg
  • Vitamin A: 68.84µg
  • Vitamin C: 39.38mg
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