Quick & Easy Red Beans and Rice

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img_3000-copyWith Mardi Gras only a few days away (Tues., Feb. 24), I’ve been thinking about traditional New Orleans food. This is another naturally gluten-free recipe. It’s quick and easy, but delicious. It’s moderately spicy, so adjust the spices to your liking. Enjoy!

Quick & Easy Red Beans and Rice


2 TBSP olive oil
3 celery ribs, chopped (1 Cup)
1 small onion, chopped (1 Cup)
6 green onions, thinly sliced (1/4 Cup)
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 Cups water
2 (15.5 oz.) cans of kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp dried thyme
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp Cajun seasoning
1 lb. andouille sausage* fully cooked, sliced (or leave it whole on the side)
4 Cups hot cooked rice


  1. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Saute celery, onion, and garlic until tender.
  2. Add water, beans, oregano, thyme, red pepper flakes, black pepper, cayenne pepper, and Cajun seasoning. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Using a fork or potato masher, mash about 1/3 of the mixture. This gives the dish a thicker consistency, but still leaves plenty of beans whole. Add sausage to heat through. Continue to simmer for another 10- 20 minutes or until beans reach desired thickness.
  4. Serve over rice. Makes 4 servings.

*Be sure to check ingredients. Some companies use wheat flour or starch for fillers in sausage.

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Red Beans and Rice is a family favorite here. Yours looks delicious!! I added too much andouille once and just about burnt our lips off it was so spicy LOL. I make ours vegetarian a lot though, just to save money.


This looks like a great hearty winter’s night dinner. Great job, it looks delicious!


Great idea! Making me hungry.


I’m trying to use beans more often, but we prefer small red beans to kidney beans. Your recipe sounds great. Thanks for linking to “What can I eat that’s gluten free?”


Oh I love this. I miss rice. It goes so well with beans. Thank you for sharing this on Friday Foodie Fix.


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