Red Beans and Rice - Super Quick and Easy!

Red Beans and Rice Recipe
Red Beans and Rice Recipe | Source

Red Beans and Rice


Yesterday afternoon, I made some tasty red beans and rice. I was busy on the computer when Johnny came in the office to ask what we were doing for lunch…or for dinner. It was between the two meal times, and neither of us had eaten anything all day. Of course, his query actually translated into “When the hell are you gonna get off the computer and fix me something to eat?” That’s what he really meant, but he knew that wouldn’t get him very far with me. I’m the type of person who can be lead a mile but not pushed an inch. Anyway, I finally pried myself from my computer chair and dragged myself into the kitchen. I’d put off going to the grocery store, so we were out of almost everything. I stood staring into my open kitchen cabinets and saw a can of diced tomatoes and some kidney beans. I thought about chili until I remembered we had no ground beef. I went to the fridge, and the only meat we had there was some sausage. An idea began to form…and it turned into a great dish! I can't decide if it's Cajun food, Creole food, or soul food, but it’s delicious and definitely one of my quick and easy recipes. I really don’t know what to call it, so I’ll just call it what it is…or was: Red beans and rice…with sausage.

Cajun Red Beans and Rice
Cajun Red Beans and Rice | Source

Quick and Easy Recipes

Quick and easy recipes are important to most of from time to time. Sometimes we’re just too busy to cook and prepare a time-consuming recipe. This red beans and rice recipe took just minutes to prepare, although it tasted like I’d spent a lot more time on it. One reason it was so quick and easy is because I used canned beans, so I didn’t have to soak dried beans overnight or cook them for hours. And yes, I’ve made traditional Cajun red beans and rice the old fashioned way, with Andouille sausage and my quick and easy recipe is almost as good, and it’s a heck of a lot easier.

Minute Rice - the cheap version
Minute Rice - the cheap version | Source

Minute Rice

Another reason this red beans and rice recipe falls under the quick and easy recipes category is because of the rice. I used Minute Rice. Well, to be honest, I didn’t use that particular brand name. I used a cheaper version of instant rice I bought at Walmart. All you have to do is combine equal parts rice and water and cook it in the microwave for three minutes. Of course, you’ll probably want to add some butter and some seasoning before or after zapping the rice.

I use Minute Rice (or cheap instant rice) all the time! In fact, I’m making some tonight to go with some country fried steak and gravy. It’s a great time saver, and I really can’t tell much difference from it and regular rice. In fact, I think I actually prefer the texture of the instant rice. It never gets gummy or sticks together. If you’ve never used it, give it a try! I use it in soups, casseroles, and cold rice salads, too.

Smoked sausage is great in red beans and rice!
Smoked sausage is great in red beans and rice! | Source

Smoked Sausage

Sausage gives my easy red beans and rice more flavor and more substance. You can use any type of link sausage here. Personally, I like to use smoked sausage because I like the smoky flavor. In fact, my favorite links to use in this red beans and rice recipe are ones we’ve grilled. This dish is a great way to use those leftover smoked sausage.

You’re probably wondering how to make quick and easy recipes with sausage. Don’t they have to be cooked for a while? They do, unless you buy sausage that’s already fully cooked when you buy them. In that case, the links just need to be warmed up. We like the Johnsonville smoked sausage that’s pre-cooked, but there are lots of other good choices. You can use mild sausage or hot and spicy sausage – whichever you prefer. If you use hot and spicy smoked sausage, just be sure to adjust the seasoning in your red beans and rice.

Experiment with different seasoning blends.
Experiment with different seasoning blends. | Source

Seasoning

What type of seasoning should you use with red beans and rice? Again, it’s all up to you. Cajun red beans and rice usually includes onion, garlic, bell pepper, celery, thyme, black pepper, bay leaf, cayenne, and parsley. I like to use some chicken flavoring in my Minute rice, in the form of powdered chicken bouillon. I also like to add some paprika. You might like to try other seasoning ingredients, like hot sauce, basil, oregano, or other Cajun seasoning herbs and spices. You might like to try a Cajun seaoning blend or maybe a Soul Food seasoning blend.

Be careful when you’re seasoning your red beans and rice. Depending on the sausage you use, the spices in the pork can add a lot of flavor to the dish. If you’re omitting the sausage, you’ll probably need to add more herbs and/or spices. Use a light hand with the salt, too. The powdered chicken bouillon is very salty, so you might not need to add more salt.

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If you like quick and easy recipes, you'll love this one! | Source

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Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 5 min
Ready in: 15 min
Yields: Makes about four servings.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups instant rice
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon chicken bouillon powder
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 can diced tomatoes, drained, (I used Italian diced tomatoes)
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 1/2 cup diced bell pepper
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 can dark red kidney beans, drained
  • 1/2 pound - 1 pound cooked smoked sausage, sliced
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. In a microwave-safe dish, combine rice and water. Add butter, chicken bouillon, and bay leaf. Cook on high for three minutes. If liquid isn’t fully absorbed, cook longer.
  2. While the rice is cooking, sauté the onions, bell pepper, and garlic in oil.
  3. When the rice is done, let it sit for four or five minutes. Remove the bay leaf. Add the kidney beans and the tomatoes.
  4. When the vegetables are soft, add them to the rice, along with any pan drippings.
  5. Add the smoked sausage and spices and stir. Cover tightly and return to the microwave. Heat for about one minute and stir. Heat for another minute or two, until the dish is piping hot.
  6. You can adjust the amount of seasoning you like to make the red beans and rice hotter or milder. It’s also easy to add other ingredients, like chopped celery, hot peppers, diced ham, boiled shrimp, diced cooked chicken, or cooked and crumbled bacon. You can use my red beans and rice recipe as a basis for all sorts of quick and easy recipes of your own! This dish is great when leftovers are warmed up in the microwave, too, as Hamlet and I discovered at around 2 a.m. this morning. He gives it two paws up! Of course, you can also omit the smoked sausage or any other type of meat completely, if you like. In that case, serve the red beans and rice as a side dish.

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samboiam 6 years ago from Texas

Now that is some south'rn cookin. Gonna have to fix that soon. Better yet you could fix it and invite me over for supper. lol


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Sam, that could be done if you're willing to drive to South GA!! I made a chicken pie tonight!


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europewalker 6 years ago

This meal is one of my favorites, quick and delicious!


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Michael Shane 6 years ago from Gadsden, Alabama

Oh! Habee, this is one of my favorite dishes...Thanks for sharing this one!


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Ann Nonymous 6 years ago from Virginia

Looks and sounds good. Another one for your cookbook, Habee!


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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

I know computer is so addictive. This is a great recipe and have try it myself. Thank you.


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States

Habee, I love that kind of Southern cooking. I guess you are a great cook with all the great recipes.


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breakfastpop 6 years ago

The picture alone makes my mouth water. Thanks for a keeper.


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Lily Rose 6 years ago from East Coast

Yum!! Holle, my absolute favorite Nutrisystem lunch that I eat almost daily is the red beans and rice with sausage - I'm sure yours tastes even better and now I'll know how to make it when I start to wean off NS - thanks!


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JenDobson27 6 years ago

You always have recipes that sound so good! Keep them coming :)


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theherbivorehippi 6 years ago from Holly, MI

lol..I have red beans soaking right now to have red beans and rice later. :) It was awfully nice of your to pry yourself away from the computer to cook your hubby some food!


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ethel smith 6 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

This sounds easy and looks delicious.I love kidney beans


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Don Simkovich 6 years ago from Pasadena, CA

It's nice to know great tasting dishes really don't need ingredients that are too fancy.


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Smireles 6 years ago from Texas

You are inventive and creative. Sounds like a great tasting meal!


AARON99 6 years ago

Well done habee for sharing such a wonderful recipe. Though i don't know how to cook, but i can imagine that it could be so delicious. Well done. Enjoy.


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sheila b. 6 years ago

So often when my children were little, I'd put together a meal and they'd love it but I could never duplicate it. You must be a very organized woman!


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 6 years ago

Habee, This is creativity on the spot! I am not big on kidney beans! Hmm but I think I maybe I could do this with black beans? What do you think! Thank you for sharing...


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msannec 6 years ago from Mississippi (The Delta)

Sounds yummy! Now, what's this about a chicken pie?


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Good to see you, EWalker!


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Michael, I'll mail you a bowl!


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

right, Ann! lol


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Yes, HH, I am a computer addict!


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Pam, I am a great cook, and I have the body to prove it!


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

You're welcome, Bpop!


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Lily, how is the Nutrisystems food?


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Aww, thanks, Jen!


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Yeah, Herbi, I'm sweet that way!


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

I do, too, Ethel - and they're so good for us!


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Right, Don! Good to see ya!


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Thanks, Smireles!


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Aaron, you could make this - it's easy!

Sheila, I am anything but organized!


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Deb, black beans would work just as well!


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Msannec, I have the chicken pie recipe on here, too!


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Lily Rose 6 years ago from East Coast

Most of it is not very good, but I have found my favorites: red beans and rice w/ sausage, chili, chicken salad, italian herb pizza, creamy mashed potatoes, sloppy joes, and several chocolate dessert bars! After nearly 5 months I'm getting burned out of it, though. I have about 4-5 weeks of food left and I won't be continuing due to the expense and the fact that I haven't lost anything in over a month - I could write a whole hub here about that but I won't!


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Thanks, Lily. That's kinda what I had heard.


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katiem2 6 years ago from I'm outta here

habee, I love red beans and rice it's one of my favorite foods. I'm gonna put some beans on to soak just after I do this. Your so sweet to get up from your computer and cook I can relate to that story I can just hear my kids asking Mom aren't you hungry... Aw we bloggers. Love This Hub on Holles Red Beans and Rice. Thanks and Peace :)


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Coolmon2009 6 years ago from Texas, USA

Sounds like a good dinner to me; I will have to try it, thank you :)


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Katie, I'm glad my kids are grown - they might go hungry now that I'm addicted to the computer! lol


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

yum yum, love it with rice, am hungry now, I dont have anymore rice ahbee, I will buy at Asian store later here, thanky you, Maita


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

It's really good, Coolmon!


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Maita, I bought 2 bags last night. I'll mail you some! lol


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billyaustindillon 6 years ago

I loved the intro to get you to make dinner habee - beans and rice are great, doesn't matter if they are Cajun or creole IMO they are all good and quick and easy - and full of protein and fiber. Good and healthy - well I do like to add sausage etc and end up with a Jambalaya :)


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tonymac04 6 years ago from South Africa

Will have to try this one out sometime soon! Sounds absolutely scrumptious!

Thanks for sharing

Love and peace

Tony


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

The sausage makes the dish, Billy!


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Tony, I think you'll like it!


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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon

You gotta love it though - what is for dinner? It's spoken like they actually mean THEY are going to do something about this but it's not quite that way! Bob's idea of cooking dinner is throwing some sausages on the grill or HB's, or running down to the Mexican joint and picking up dinner....I usually cook several days 'out' just so I never have to answer the question 'what's for dinner'....it drives me crazy. I know the guy can read - he could actually make food! When I'm sick, I get soup in a can - when he's sick, he gets gourmet chicken soup....sigh - it's just a really good thing I love him for so many other things! Oh - and great recipe by the way!!! My son Pat loves rice and beans so will have to recreate this for him next time he's in my house.....


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

I swear, Bob and Johnny are brothers who were separated at birth!

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