Easy Red Beans and Rice

Photo: Ralph Anderson; Styling: Cindy Manning Barr
A simple meal of red beans and rice, a favorite Cajun recipe, can be ready in just 45 minutes. Serve with tossed green salad and French bread for a satisfying dinner.

Yield:

8 servings

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Recipe Time

Prep: 15 Minutes
Cook: 30 Minutes

Ingredients

1 pound smoked sausage, thinly sliced
1 medium onion, chopped
1 medium-size green bell pepper, chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
3 (15-ounce) cans red beans, rinsed and drained
1 (16-ounce) can tomato paste
1 (14 1/2-ounce) can stewed tomatoes, undrained and chopped
1 1/2 cups water
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
1/4 teaspoon hot sauce
1 bay leaf
Hot cooked rice

Preparation

Sauté first 4 ingredients in hot oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat 8 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Add beans and next 7 ingredients.

Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat, and simmer 20 minutes. Discard bay leaf. Serve over rice. To reheat, microwave at MEDIUM (50% power) 3 to 5 minutes or until thoroughly heated.

Note:

Caroline Grant, Homewood, Alabama,

September 1999