Easy Red Beans and Rice

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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
Recipe from Southern Living

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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

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
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