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Red Beans and Rice

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  • Brief Description

    A simple red beans recipe; add sausage or ham if you like. Also great served over fried potatoes or brown rice.

  • Main Ingredient

    red beans

  • Category:  Vegetarian

  • Cuisine:  American

  • Prep Time:  15 min(s)

  • Cook Time:  180 min(s)

  • Recipe Type:  Public

  • Source:

    Melanie Carr

  • Tags:

    Family Kid-Friendly Vegetarian Dairy-Free

  • Notes:

    If you want to add meat to this dish, add 1/2 pound smoked pork or ham bone to the beans before cooking, and then add 1/2 pound of smoked sausage before the 15-20 minute simmer. Also tastes great served over cubed, fried potatoes.

  • Posted By:  mcarr

  • Posted On:  Mar 07, 2012

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Number of Servings:


  1. 1 1/8 cups - Red Beans
  2. 1/2 cups - Onion
  3. 2 cloves - Garlic
  4. 1 leaves - Bay Leaf
  5. 3/4 teaspoons - Salt
  6. 1/2 teaspoons - Fennel Seed
  7. 1/2 teaspoons - Red Pepper
  8. 2 cups - Brown Rice


Combine beans and 3 cups of water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 2 minutes. Cover and let stand for 1 hour (or, soak beans for 6-8 hours). Drain and rinse.

Stir in onion, garlic, bay leaf, salt, red pepper, and 3 cups fresh water. Boil, reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 2.5 hours or until beans are tender. Uncover and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until a thick gravy forms. Discard bay leaf and serve over rice.


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