This recipe is a simplified version of the Classic Red Beans & Rice dish your used to. If you want the real deal then you have come to the wrong place.
I have come to realize now that I am a mom, that some of the foods I prepare for my family, well quite honestly I just have to give up on some of the classic ingredients that are called for.
If I stick to the basics then I know my kid's will eat it. Some of the spices are just to much for them, I can occasionally sneak them in without them noticing.
I do know one thing with beans comes rice two items that go perfectly together. They are cheap and easy to prepare so if it's easy then it's for me. Were big rice eaters, so finding meals that go along with that are great.
I came across this recipe years ago searching for a particular recipe on all recipes. If you need to find a certain dish then this is definitely the site to go to. I have found many dishes there.
I prepared this recipe and well quite frankly it gets eaten, so it has become a household favorite. I do use canned beans instead of the real deal because simplifying doesn't hurt anyone just ask any mom she will agree.
The original recipe says to simmer the ingredients on the stove. I find it so much easier to use my crock pot.
After I saute' the sausage and the vegetables I toss everything in my crock pot and cook on low for about 2 hours.
I love my crock pot especially in the summer you wont believe all the meals you can make using your crock pot it really helps so you don't have to heat up the whole house with the oven.
Lets get started and I will show you how to make a simple version of red beans and rice.
In a large skillet over low heat, cook sausage for 5 minutes. While the sausage is cooking chop up the onion, celery and green bell pepper. When the sausage starts to render some fat add the vegetables
and saute until tender.
Pour the beans, tomatoes with juice and tomato sauce in to your pot. (If using your crock pot add to the crock pot nos) Season with oregano, salt and pepper.
add the sauteed vegetables. Cover and cook on low for about 45 minutes. If using a crock pot set on low and cook for 2-3 hours.
Simple Red Beans & Rice
1 (16 ounce) package smoked sausage, cut diagonally into 1/4 inch slices
1 - small onion, chopped
1/2 - 1 green bell pepper, chopped
2-3 stalks of celery, chopped
1 - clove garlic, chopped
2 - (15 ounce) cans bush's light red kidney beans, drained & rinsed
1 - (16 ounce) can whole peeled tomatoes, chopped or pureed
1/2 – 1- 8oz can tomato sauce
1/2 - teaspoon dried oregano
Dash hot sauce, optional
salt & pepper to taste
cooked white rice
In a large skillet over low heat, cook sausage for 5 minutes. Chop up the onion, celery and green bell pepper.
Add the chopped vegetables and garlic; saute until tender. Add the beans, tomatoes with juice and tomato sauce into your crock pot. Season with oregano, salt and pepper and hot sauce if using.
Add the sauteed vegetables. Cover and cook on low for about 45 minutes. If using a crock pot set on low and cook for 2-3 hours.
Cover and cook on low for about 45 minutes. If using a crock pot set on low and cook for 2-3 hours.
Serve with cornbread.
Adapted from: allrecipes