Total cost: $5.38/Cost per serving: $.90. A classic Louisiana way to feed a lot of people for a little money, this dish is as easy on the pocket as the palate.
6 servings (serving size: 1 cup bean mixture and 1/2 cup rice)
Sort and wash beans; place in a large Dutch oven. Cover with water to 2 inches above beans; cover and let stand 8 hours. Drain beans.
Heat oil in pan over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic to pan; sauté for 4 minutes. Stir in beans, 10 cups water, and the next 4 ingredients (through sausage); bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 1 1/2 hours or until bean mixture thickens. Serve over rice. Garnish with green onions, if desired.