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Red Beans and Rice

Red Beans and Rice

Have you ever had real New Orleans red beans and rice? I love it but do not always have time to soak the beans, etc. So this recipe is a simplified version that can include red, white, black, pinto, or kidney beans! And of course, I like it very spicy!

Even though this is not an elaborate New Orleans red beans and rice recipe, it will still make you think you are sitting outside in a New Orleans cafe enjoying some yummy Cajun food. Since this recipe is almost as good as being there, I thought of a song sung by Louis Armstrong, “Do You Know What it Means to Miss New Orleans,” to remind you to cook up this wonderful recipe every now and then.

Red Beans and Rice


  • 1 can (15 ounces) kidney beans
  • 1 can (15.5 ounces) white beans
  • 1 ½ pounds hot and spicy sausage
  • 3 cups cooked Botan® Calrose rice
  • 2 tablespoons water


  1. Put beans in a colander and run cold water over them to rinse.
  2. Cook sausage. Drain off grease.
  3. In a large sauce pan put beans, cooked sausage, and rice.
  4. Add water. Stir gently.
  5. Over medium heat, simmer for five minutes or until mixture is hot.
  6. Serve immediately.

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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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