Louisiana red beans and rice

Louisiana red beans and rice


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About this recipe: This is the recipe if you are looking for authentic Cajun flavour! Serve with Tabasco sauce for a little kick and splash a little cider vinegar in each bowl.


Serves: 8 

  • 450g dried kidney beans
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 green pepper, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 2 sticks celery, chopped
  • 1.5L water
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried sage
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning
  • 450g smoked sausage, sliced
  • 950ml water
  • 375g long grain white rice

Prep:25min  ›  Cook:3hr5min  ›  Ready in:3hr30min 

  1. Rinse beans, and then soak in a large pot of water overnight.
  2. In a frying pan, heat oil over medium heat. Cook onion, pepper, garlic and celery in olive oil for 3 to 4 minutes.
  3. Rinse beans, and transfer to a large pot with water. Stir cooked vegetables into beans. Season with bay leaves, cayenne pepper, thyme, sage, parsley and Cajun seasoning. Bring to the boil, then reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer for 2 1/2 hours.
  4. Stir sausage into beans, and continue to simmer for 30 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, prepare the rice. In a saucepan, bring water and rice to the boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 20 minutes. Serve beans over steamed white rice.

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