Shortcut Red Beans and Rice for the New Year
Beans are said to bring luck and prosperity for the new year. Try this recipe for Cajun-inspired shortcut red beans and rice for a tasty, auspicious meal.
Recipe Type: Entree
Cuisine: Cajun
Yield: 4 to 6 servings
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 green pepper, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 pound andouille sausage (I used smoked andouille chicken sausage)
  • 1 (20-ounce) can red beans
  • ½ cup chicken stock
  • Salt
  • Chopped parsley
  • Tabasco sauce
  1. Heat the oil in a large pan. Add the onion, pepper, and garlic and cook, stirring often, until softened but not browned.
  2. Add the sausage and sauté for 2 minutes. Add the beans, stock and salt and simmer for 20 minutes, or until the liquid is mostly absorbed.
  3. Roughly mash some of the beans with a fork or potato masher and stir everything together well.
  4. Remove from the heat, serve with rice, and garnish with chopped parsley and Tabasco, if you like.
Gluten free and kosher meat (if you use kosher chicken andouille sausage as I did)
Recipe by Katherine Martinelli at