Red Beans and Rice

by Erin

This easy red beans and rice is quick one skillet weeknight meal full of creole flavor. Made with sausage but you could also use other cuts of pork on hand.

Quick Easy Red Beans and Rice

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I have a weird habit of letting some of my cravings linger for long periods of time – which seems a bit contrary t what you would expect for a craving. But I suppose that’s what happens when you crave about 8 different things a day. And no I’m not pregnant.

Seriously, the food blogging world (let alone the world itself) 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 between “what do I crave most” and “how much effort do I want to exert”?

One Pan Red Beans and Rice

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. Bonus points cause it’s all made it one pan.

First you brown the sausage – easy enough. Next you saute onions, garlic, and the seasonings together. Once those smell nice and delicious, add the beans broth, rice, and let it simmer until the rice soaks up all that delicious liquid. Toss the sausage back in and you’re done!

Red Beans and Rice

While I may not have eaten a lot of red beans and rice in my life to say for certain, my novice taste buds thought the seasonings were spot on. Who knew that Italian seasoning went into red beans and rice? Because I sure didn’t. Totally did a double take when first reading the recipe. Maybe it’s not a traditional seasoning but I am not going to argue with what tastes good.

Fun thing I did learns about red beans and rice is that it is traditionally made on Mondays with pork bones as left over from Sunday dinner, but can also be made with ham and sausage. Have you ever made red beans and rice?

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Post updated 2/26/22, photo above is the original.

Quick Easy Red Beans and Rice


Yield: 4 servings Prep Time: Cooking Time:
Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat


  • 2 tsp olive oil,  divided
  • 1 lb. smoked sausage, sliced
  • 1 medium yellow 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 skillet pan heat one teaspoon oil over medium heat. Add sausage and brown on both sides. Once browned, transfer to a paper towel lined plate and set aside.
  2. Place pan back over medium heat and add remining teaspoon of oil. Add the onion and garlic and saute 5 minutes or until tender. Stir in Italian seasoning, 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 or until most of the liquid has been absorbed.
  4. Remove from heat and allow to sit covered for five minutes. Stir in browned sausage and serve.
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Christie March 26, 2022 - 8:27 am

I haven’t made red beans and rice in forever. This is totally going on the menu! And I love that it’s a one skillet meal. Easy clean up, too!

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Kita October 28, 2011 - 7:20 am

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 October 28, 2011 - 8:01 am

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!

Heather October 27, 2011 - 8:36 pm

I’m glad you were able to satisfy your craving :) 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 I’d like to make and definitely not enough time!

spiffycookie October 27, 2011 - 8:41 pm

Thanks again for the great recipe!

Jennifer @ Mother Thyme October 27, 2011 - 7:30 pm

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! :)

spiffycookie October 27, 2011 - 8:41 pm

My pleasure!

Lauren October 25, 2011 - 12:52 pm

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

Liz October 25, 2011 - 12:25 pm

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!

Liz @ Southern Charm October 25, 2011 - 12:25 pm

Yum!!! Loving your recipe!!!

I LOVE red beans and rice … I can eat it for days :)

Jennifer @ Mother Thyme October 25, 2011 - 12:11 pm

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. :)

amanda @ fake ginger October 25, 2011 - 10:17 am

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!

Ann from Sumptuous Spoonfuls October 25, 2011 - 8:21 am

One of my favorite dishes and yours looks Soooo tempting! I wish I had a bowl in front of me right now. :)


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