Red Beans and Rice Recipe

2014-03-28
  • Servings : 4
  • Prep Time : 20m
  • Cook Time : 40m
  • Ready In : 60m

Red Beans and Rice is a simple, spicy Creole recipe. The combination of beans and rice is a source of complete protein even omitting the sausage.

One 13 ounce serving of Red Beans and Rice Recipe has about 350 calories, 8 grams of fiber, and 19 grams of protein.

Creole cooking can be very spice. You can adjust the heat in this Red Beans and Rice recipe to your taste by increasing or decreasing the amount of cayenne pepper and hot sauce.

Converted rice produces firm, separate grains of rice, but you can use any type of rice for this recipe. You can even substitute  orzo or quinoa for the rice.

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) olive oil
  • 3 oz. (85 g) Andouille sausage
  • 1 (150 g) green or red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 (150 g) small onion (white, yellow, red or combination), diced
  • 2 stalks (140 g) celery, diced
  • 4 oz. (115 g) smoked ham
  • 15 oz. (430 g) canned low sodium kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup (240 ml) low sodium chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) dry white wine
  • 3/4 cup (150 g) brown or white rice
  • Seasonings
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon (2.5 ml) ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon (2.5 ml) ground white pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon (1.25 ml )ground cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon (1.25 ml) hot sauce (Tabasco or other brand)

Method of Preparation

Step 1

Cut sausage and ham into bite size pieces. Heat oil in a 4 to 6 qt/l saucepan or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add sausage and ham. Sauté 3 to 5 minutes or until browned. Add onion, celery and bell peppers. Cook stirring about 6 to 8 minutes or until vegetables soften. Reduce heat to medium-low and stir in beans, seasoning mixture, wine, and broth. Simmer, stirring occasionally 20 to 30 minutes..

Step 2

Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan bring 6 cups of water to a rolling boil. Add rice, reduce heat to medium and cook 15 to 18 minutes or until tender. Drain and rinse with cool water.

Step 3

Remove bay leaves from bean mixture. Place ½ cup of rice in the center of a plate or bowl. Spoon bean mixture around the rice.

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Nutritional Info

This information is per serving.

  • Calories

    350
  • Calories from Fat

    50
  • Total Fat

    6g
  • Saturated Fat

    1g
  • Trans Fat

    0g
  • Cholesterol

    50mg
  • Sodium

    500mg
  • Carbohydrates

    54g
  • Dietary Fiber

    7-8g
  • Sugar

    6g
  • Protein

    19g
  • Serving Size:

    13 oz. (365 g)