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Red Beans and Rice 2

Did you ever have a favorite meal that you had to just keep trying different ways?

That’s what red beans and rice is for me. I absolutely love this dish!

This is a sophisticated red beans and rice recipe compared to my original red beans and rice recipe. This recipe has more vegetables and uses dried beans instead of canned.

Dried beans can be tricky to correctly rehydrate. Crunchy beans should be avoided at all costs! Make sure they are cooked long enough.

Since today is July 1st, I just had to choose “July Tree” sung by Nina Simone as today’s song. Enjoy!

Red Beans and Rice II


  • 1 pound dried red beans, rinsed and sorted
  • 1 pound ground hot Italian sausage
  • 1 cup celery, chopped
  • 1 cup white onion, chopped
  • 1 cup red pepper, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, peeled, diced
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 4 chicken bouillon cubes
  • 6 cups water
  • 5 bay leaves
  • 3 cups sticky rice, cooked (not instant)


  1. Soak rinsed and sorted beans overnight or for 6-8 hours.
  2. Cook sausage in a large frying pan over medium high heat until slightly browned and no longer pink. Scoop sausage onto paper towel lined plate to drain off grease. Set aside.
  3. Leaving 1 tablespoon of sausage grease in frying pan, remove the excess.
  4. Over medium heat, add chopped celery, onion, red pepper, and garlic. Stir to coat with sausage grease. Cook until slightly tender, about 3 minutes.
  5. Stir in cayenne pepper and red pepper flakes.
  6. Add cooked sausage back to the frying pan. Stir vegetables and sausage.
  7. Crumble bouillon cubes over vegetables and sausage. Pour 6 cups of water over mixture and stir to dissolve bouillon.
  8. Add drained beans.
  9. Cook over medium low heat for 30 minutes. If beans are still hard, cook for another 15-30 minutes.
  10. Cook rice.
  11. Serve bean and sausage mixture over hot rice.

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About Jillaine: As a professional jazz singer who also studies law, savoring daily nosh with family refreshes me. You are invited to my table to try great food, hear tasty music, and join in upbeat conversation!

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