Red Beans and Rice

I have a habit of letting some of my cravings linger for long periods of time. Guess that’s what happens when you crave 8 things a day. Seriously, the food blogging world is full of far too many things that I salivate over on a daily basis. The list of “things I want to make” grows faster than I can cross them off. It’s a constant battle of “what do I crave most today”?

Since the craving for red beans and rice has been lingering for months I decided to finally tackle it. I was pleasantly surprised by how quickly this comes together, just about 30 minutes – perfect for a weeknight meal. And the seasonings were spot on. Who knew that Italian seasoning went into red beans and rice? Cause I sure didn’t. Totally did a double take while prepping haha.

What’s on the top of your food to-do list?


Serves 4


1 lb. smoked sausage, sliced (I used chicken)

1 medium onion, chopped

2 cloves of garlic, minced

1 tsp Italian seasoning

1/2 tsp crushed red pepper

1/4 tsp creole seasoning

1/4 tsp ground black pepper

1- 15 oz. can light red kidney beans, drained and rinsed

1- 15 oz. can dark red kidney beans, drained and rinsed

3/4 cup uncooked white rice

2-1/4 cups reduced sodium chicken broth


  1. In a large non-stick saute pan, brown sausage over medium heat. Once browned, transfer to a paper towel lined plate and set aside.
  2. In the same large saute pan, add the onion and garlic, saute until tender. Stir in Italian seasonings, crushed red pepper, creole seasoning, and pepper, and cook for an additional 30 seconds.
  3. Add beans, uncooked rice, and chicken broth. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer, cover and cook for 15-20 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat and allow to sit covered for five minutes. Fluff with fork and stir in browned sausage.
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12 Responses to “Red Beans and Rice”

  • One of my favorite dishes and yours looks Soooo tempting! I wish I had a bowl in front of me right now. šŸ™‚

  • Red beans & rice is my alltime favorite comfort food! It just reminds me of home, you know? I’ve never considered putting Italian seasoning in but I totally see how it would make it really yummy! I’m trying it next time!

  • Jennifer @ Mother Thyme:

    This looks so good! I have not made red beans and rice in quite some time and I love your recipe. This is going on my food to do list for sure! I’m like you, my list seems to keep growing and growing. šŸ™‚

  • Yum!!! Loving your recipe!!!

    I LOVE red beans and rice … I can eat it for days šŸ™‚

  • Liz:

    Oh, boy, does this look like a great cool weather dish. I’m always searching for ways to use sausage besides my standby spaghetti recipe…and this sounds delish!

  • My husband is a huge beans and rice fan. Bookmarking this for sure.

  • Jennifer @ Mother Thyme:

    Great recipe! We just made this for dinner this evening and it was delicious! I love the aroma in the kitchen as this was cooking. My twins even liked it and they have been so picky lately. Thanks for sharing another great recipe and introducing Southern Pink Lemonade! šŸ™‚

  • Iā€™m glad you were able to satisfy your craving šŸ™‚ When I saw Italian seasoning on the list of ingredients I did a double take as well but you are right, it works perfectly!

    I completely understand about your growing list of things to make issue. I have so many things Iā€™d like to make and definitely not enough time!

  • Kita:

    My food to do list is a novel long at this point – its just sick. I do love me some red beans and rice though. Comforting down home goodness.

    • spiffycookie:

      Yea, I have come to terms with the fact that life is too short to eat/make every single thing that I want to. But dang it do I try!

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