Mama's Red Beans and Rice

Mama's Red Beans and Rice

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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 12
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 215.1
  • Total Fat: 4.2 g
  • Cholesterol: 5.8 mg
  • Sodium: 145.3 mg
  • Total Carbs: 36.3 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 8.7 g
  • Protein: 8.6 g

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Mama knows best! This New Orleans-style one pot meal is hearty, tasty, and healthy! Mama knows best! This New Orleans-style one pot meal is hearty, tasty, and healthy!
Number of Servings: 12


    1 pound smoked turkey sausage
    2 tbsp canola oil
    1 large onion, diced
    1 yellow or red bell pepper, seeded and diced
    2 cloves garlic, minced
    1 bunch green onions, sliced, green part reserved for garnish
    1⁄2 tsp red pepper flakes
    1 tbsp dried oregano
    1 tsp fresh thyme, or pinch dried
    Pinch of salt
    1 tsp black pepper
    Three 15-ounce cans of kidney beans, drained and rinsed
    One 14.5-ounce can diced tomatoes with basil and garlic
    1 bay leaf, whole
    1 cup brown rice, uncooked
    Hot sauce to taste


1. Slice the sausage links in half lengthwise and then in half again. Cut crosswise to dice.
2. Heat the oil in a large Dutch oven or heavy saucepan with lid. Once hot, add the onions, bell pepper, garlic, and the white parts of the green onion. Cook until the vegetables are soft, about 5 minutes.
3. Add the sausage to the pan and cook just until browned. Add the red pepper, oregano, thyme, salt, and black pepper and stir to combine. Then stir in the beans and tomatoes, and add the bay leaf.
4. Add the rice, stir, and let cook for 1 minute to coat the rice. Add 1 cups of water. Bring to a boil and immediately reduce to a simmer. Cover and continue to cook until the rice is tender,
about 40 minutes. Before serving, remove the bay leaf and garnish with a dash or two of hot sauce, if desired, and the sliced green onions.

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  • Very Good
    102 of 104 people found this review helpful
    By replacing the kidney beans with dried red beans, increase water to 7 cups, add 3 T Creole seasoning and cook in a crock pot for 7-8 hours, it significantly reduces the calories and carbs. I make my own Creole seasoning so I can reduce the salt content. Serve with celery. - 10/9/09

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  • 23 of 31 people found this review helpful
    My only comment is-why do people feel the need to comment negatively when they haven't tried and aren't interested in the recipe? If you don't like some of the stats/ingreds. then swap them or don't make it, no need to be snarky. - 1/5/10

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  • Incredible!
    22 of 23 people found this review helpful
    I added a jalapeno to this dish..I really liked this alot..It was filling and tasty.. - 9/1/09

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  • O.K.
    22 of 23 people found this review helpful
    I needed to do a few tweaks myself. Had to drain and rinse my canned beans since liquid was mostly corn syrup. With 1 cup of water and 1 cup of rice, there's was not enough liquid to cook the rice; added another cup of water. Brown rice needs add'tl 20-30 minutes to cook. Seasonings great, tho! - 8/16/09

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  • Incredible!
    21 of 22 people found this review helpful
    My husband NEVER compliments my cooking. I made this last night for me to take to lunch all week. He tasted it and said, "This is good stuff!" He ate it for his dinner! It was fabulous! Thanks. Amanda Steck - 9/14/09

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