Red Beans & Rice

June 26, 2023
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  • Prep time 4 hours 15 minutes
  • Cook time 1 hour 30 minutes
  • makes 10 to 12 cups
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This dish shines in its simplicity. The small step that makes all the difference? Soak the beans overnight, and mash a bit of the final mixture, to get a super creamy, rich texture. Serve over rice to soak up all the extra flavors. —Food52

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Red Beans & Rice
  • 1 1/2 pounds dried red beans
  • 1 pound Andouille sausage, sliced into ½-inch-thick rounds
  • 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 medium sweet onions, chopped
  • 2 large celery stalks, sliced
  • 1 large green bell pepper, de-seeded and large diced
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper, plus more to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • 1 cup fresh parsley, roughly chopped
  • 1 bunch fresh green onions, sliced
  • Cooked long-grain white rice, for serving
  1. In a large bowl, cover beans in water and soak for at least 4 hours or overnight. (Water should cover beans by at least an inch.)
  2. In a large, heavy pot, brown sausage in 1 tablespoon of oil until slightly crisp. Add remaining oil, followed by the onions, celery, and bell pepper. Sauté for 5 minutes. Sauté over medium heat until onions are translucent and the other vegetables are soft, about 10 to 12 minutes. Add garlic and sauté until fragrant, about 2 minutes.
  3. Pour soaked beans (with the soaking water) into the pot and bring to a simmer. Add black pepper, cayenne, Cajun seasoning, bay leaves, and basil.
  4. Cook until beans are softened, about 1 ½ to 2 hours. Taste and adjust seasonings as desired.
  5. 15 minutes before serving, remove 1 cup of beans to a bowl and, using a fork, mash them. Stir back into the pot to enhance the creamy texture of the dish. Add parsley and green onions. Simmer for about 15 minutes, taste and adjust seasoning, then add up to 1 cup more water if beans seem too thick. Remove bay leaves. Serve warm over rice.

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