Easy Red Beans and Rice

Easy Red Beans and Rice

Red Beans and Rice Recipe Ingredients:
  • 1 pound dried small red beans
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 meaty ham bone or 2 ham hocks
  • 1 large onion, chopped, about 1 to 1 1/2 cups chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1/2 teaspoon Tabasco sauce
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried leaf thyme, crumbled
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried rubbed sage
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 12 to 16 ounces spicy smoked sausage, sliced
Red Beans and Rice Recipe Instructions:
Pick beans over, discarding stones and damaged or shriveled beans. Cover with water and soak for at least 8 hours. Drain and rinse beans.

Transfer beans to a large pot; add 4 cups water, the ham bone or hocks, onion, garlic, celery, and seasonings. Bring to a boil. Cover and simmer for 3 hours, or until beans are tender. Check beans and add water as necessary.

Brown sausages in a skillet; drain. Cut sausages into slices and add to beans. Simmer for 20 to 30 minutes longer. Serve beans with hot cooked rice.
Serves 6 to 8.

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