Authentic Louisiana Red Beans and Rice

Authentic Louisiana Red Beans and Rice

Main Dish Rice Beans and Rice

Authentic Cajun flavor! I grew up in Louisiana and love red beans and rice; these are just like I remember. Serve with Tabasco sauce for a little kick. My family loved to splash a little cider vinegar in each bowl.

Servings per recipe: 8
Calories per serving: 630
Preparation time: 25m
Total cooking time: 11h 30m


  • 1 pound dry kidney beans
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 6 cups water
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried sage
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning
  • 1 pound andouille sausage, sliced
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 cups long grain white rice


  • 1   Rinse beans, and then soak in a large pot of water overnight.
  • 2   In a skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Cook onion, bell pepper, garlic, and celery in olive oil for 3 to 4 minutes.
  • 3   Rinse beans, and transfer to a large pot with 6 cups water. Stir cooked vegetables into beans. Season with bay leaves, cayenne pepper, thyme, sage, parsley, and Cajun seasoning. Bring to a boil, and then reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer for 2 1/2 hours.
  • 4   Stir sausage into beans, and continue to simmer for 30 minutes.
  • 5   Meanwhile, prepare the rice. In a saucepan, bring water and rice to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 20 minutes. Serve beans over steamed white rice.

Nutrion facts:

Total Fat 24.2g 37%
    Saturated Fat 7.0g  
Cholesterol 33mg 11%
Sodium 604mg 24%
Potassium 1027mg 29%
Total Carbohydrates 79.1g 26%
Dietary Fiber 10.1g 41%
Protein 24g 48%
Sugars 3g  
Vitamin A 217IU  
Vitamin C 17mg  
Calcium 97mg  
Iron 6mg  
Thiamin 1mg  
Niacin 9mg  
Vitamin B6 1mg  
Magnesium 111mg  
Folate 315mcg