This tasty Cajun-inspired sausage and rice dinner is perfect for a quick weeknight supper.
2 teaspoons vegetable oil
1 cup presliced mushrooms
1 cup chopped onion
1 tablespoon salt-free Cajun seasoning
8 ounces andouille sausage, sliced
2 (3 1/2-ounce) bags boil-in-bag long-grain rice
4 cups fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
1 (15-ounce) can kidney beans, drained
1/2 teaspoon salt
How to Make It
Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms, onion, Cajun seasoning, and sausage; sauté 5 minutes. Remove rice from bags; add to pan. Stir in broth and beans. Bring mixture to a boil; cover, reduce heat, and simmer 10 minutes or until rice is tender. Stir in salt.
This is a GREAT recipe. I gave it 4 stars because it's not copied correcty here. It should say 3 - 3.5 oz bags of boil-in-bag rice. If you only use 2 it will be soupy. (I have the Cooking Light cookbook where it originated.) I agree with the person from LA who said the mushrooms have no place in the dish. Leave them out. Also, the cajun seasoning you use makes a difference. I like Paul Prudhomme's Blackened Redfish seasoning. Additionally, I would use a 12 oz pkg of sausage and a large can (27 oz.) of kidney beans with the 3 bags of rice. Aidell's sells a package of andouille sausage that has 12 oz (4 links). (Since it's a "cooking light" recipe, its also a little light on the sausage.) If you do these things, you're going to LOVE this recipe. It's a keeper.
This was an easy weeknight meal, plain and simple. However, I tweeked it a bit because it did not seem authentically Cajun to me (I'm a native Louisianian, so I do have a leg up on this sort of thing). My only change was adding a little bit of diced bell pepper and diced celery to the veggies. After trying it, however, I really feel that the mushrooms have no business being in the dish and there was waaaay too much liquid. I had to cook it more than twice as long and uncovered just to get the correct consistency. Maybe this was a typo or maybe Cooking Light used a different kind of boil-in-bag rice.
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