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Red Beans and Rice

Red Beans and Rice 4.000

Deb Lindsey for The Washington Post

Dinner in Minutes Feb 6, 2018

Authentic versions of this New Orleans staple simmer for hours; here, you can achieve good depth of flavor in less than 1 hour, thanks to the know-how of New Orleans native chef David Guas.

White rice and a dash of Louisiana-style hot sauce are typical accompaniments; Guas uses a squirt of yellow mustard instead of the hot sauce.

To read the accompanying story, see: Make quick red beans and rice just in time for Mardi Gras.

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Tested size: 4-6 servings; makes about 6 cups

  • 8 ounces smoked, cooked pork sausage
  • Two 15-ounce cans no-salt-added kidney beans
  • 1 tablespoon canola or vegetable oil
  • 1 medium green bell pepper
  • 1 medium sweet onion
  • 6 or 7 scallions
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 3 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • Leaves from 3 full stems fresh thyme (may substitute 1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves)
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • Leaves from 2 or 3 stems fresh parsley
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • Cooked long-grain rice, for serving
  • Hot sauce, for serving


Cut the sausage lengthwise in half, then invert and cut into 1/4-inch thick half moons. Drain and rinse the beans.

Heat the oil in a soup pot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the sausage and cook for 6 to 8 minutes, stirring a few times, so some of its fat renders. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the sausage to a plate.

While the sausage cooks, cut the flesh of the green bell pepper into 1/2-inch dice, discarding the stem and seeds. Dice the onion. Trim the scallions and then coarsely chop (enough to yield 1/2 cup). Mince the garlic. Add those ingredients to the pot (after the sausage has been removed) and stir to coat. Increase the heat to medium-high; cook for 2 minutes, stirring, until just softened, then add beans, broth, thyme, bay leaves and the black and cayenne peppers. Reduce the heat to medium; cover and cook for 25 minutes.

Uncover; use a slotted spoon to fish out and discard the bay leaves. Use the back of a wooden spoon to mash about a cup’s worth of the beans against the side of the pot; this will thicken the mix a bit. Coarsely chop the parsley.

Return the reserved sausage to the pot, as soon as it’s heated through, turn off the heat and stir in the parsley. Taste, and add the salt, as needed. Serve hot, with white rice; pass the hot sauce at the table.

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From David Guas, chef-owner of Bayou Bakery Coffee Bar and Eatery in Arlington.

Tested by Bonnie S. Benwick.

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Nutritional Facts

Calories per serving (based on 6): 320

% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 18g 28%

Saturated Fat: 5g 25%

Cholesterol: 30mg 10%

Sodium: 530mg 22%

Total Carbohydrates: 26g 9%

Dietary Fiber: 7g 28%

Sugar: 2g

Protein: 16g

*Percent Daily Value based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Total Fat: Less than 65g

Saturated Fat: Less than 20g

Cholesterol: Less than 300mg

Sodium: Less than 2,400mg

Total Carbohydrates: 300g

Dietary Fiber: 25g

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