Cooking red beans and rice on wash day Mondays is an old Louisiana custom. Families would simmer a pot of beans all day while they did laundry. For an extra kick, try using spicy sausage.
Cook sausage in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat about 5 minutes, stirring until sausage is brown. Remove sausage, and drain on paper towels, reserving 1 Tbsp. drippings in Dutch oven. Sauté bell peppers and next 3 ingredients in hot drippings 5 minutes or until tender.
Stir in red beans and next 5 ingredients. Bring to a boil; reduce heat, and simmer 15 minutes. Stir in sausage. Simmer, covered, 1 1/2 hours.
Prepare rice according to package directions. Serve Red Beans and Sausage over hot cooked rice.
Note: For testing purposes only, we used Bush's Red Beans and Pickapeppa Sauce for sweet pepper sauce.
Published by the Junior League of Lafayette, LA
My family absolutely LOVES this recipe. It is great to make it early in the day and just let it simmer on the stove top. I serve it over rice with collards and corn bread. YUM!