Louisiana Red Beans and Rice

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A classic Louisiana favorite, red beans and rice is pure comfort food to many. This recipe is simple, but it’s a flavorful version of the dish.

Difficulty: Easy

Hands-on: 25 minutesTotal: 9 hours 50 minutes

Serves: 8

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. small dried red beans
  • 1 cup minced white onion
  • ½ cup minced green bell pepper
  • 3 stalks celery, minced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 meaty ham bone or large smoked ham hock
  • 1 lb. smoked sausage, sliced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • ½ tsp. dried thyme
  • ⅛ tsp. Tabasco sauce
  • ⅛ Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp. Creole seasoning
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 cups hot cooked long-grain white rice

Directions

  • Wash beans and discard any stones and shriveled or bad beans. Cover with water and let soak overnight. Drain well.
  • In a large stockpot or Dutch oven, cover beans with just enough fresh water to cover. Bring to a boil over high heat, and then reduce heat to medium-low. Cook for about 45–60 minutes until beans are tender.
  • Add onion, bell pepper, celery, and garlic. Add ham bone or hock and sausage, along with bay leaf and thyme. Add enough water to cover all ingredients. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat; reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer until vegetables are tender, about 20 minutes.
  • Add Tabasco sauce, Worcestershire sauce, Creole seasoning, and salt. Continue cooking for another 15 minutes. Remove ham bone or hock and chop meat; return chopped meat to beans. If desired, mash a few cups of the beans to make mixture thicker.
  • Serve red beans with hot cooked rice.