One Pot Red Beans and Rice Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 small green bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 2 stalks celery, finely chopped
  • 1 shallot or 1/2 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning (or to taste)
  • 12 ounces Andouille sausage or Kielbasa, sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 ½ cups long-grain white rice
  • 1 (15 oz) can red beans, drained and rinsed
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste
  • Chopped fresh parsley, for serving (optional)
  • Hot sauce, for serving (optional)

Instructions:

  • Heat the olive oil in a large Dutch oven or pot with high sides over medium heat. Add the bell pepper, celery, and shallot (or onion). Season with the Cajun seasoning and saute with the lid on, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are nearly tender, about 5 minutes.
  • Increase the heat to medium-high and add the sausage. Continue sauteing with the lid off until the sausage is slightly browned and the vegetables are tender, about 5 minutes more.
  • Stir in the minced garlic and cook for 30 seconds to 1 minute, until fragrant.
  • Add the rinsed rice, drained red beans, and chicken broth to the pot. Stir in additional Cajun seasoning to taste.
  • Increase the heat to high and bring the mixture to a simmer. Reduce heat to low, cover the pot, and cook for 12-15 minutes, or until the rice is tender and the liquid has been absorbed.
  • Remove the pot from the heat and let it stand for 5 minutes with the lid on. This allows the rice to steam and fluff up.
  • Fluff the rice with a fork and season with salt and black pepper to taste.
  • Serve hot, garnished with chopped fresh parsley (optional) and hot sauce (optional).

Tips:

  • You can substitute brown rice for white rice for a more hearty dish. However, brown rice may take slightly longer to cook, so adjust the cooking time accordingly.
  • If you don’t have Andouille sausage, you can use kielbasa, smoked sausage, or even diced ham.
  • For a vegetarian option, omit the sausage and add another chopped vegetable, such as a carrot or zucchini.
  • Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Enjoy this delicious and easy One-Pot Red Beans and Rice recipe!

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