Red Beans and Rice with Sausage


This red beans and rice recipe was given to me by my sister. It's a hearty dish — wonderful for the cold winter months. To make it a little meatier, I cut up a small ham steak into cubes and add in the last 20 minutes. Serve over cooked rice.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
3 hrs 20 mins
Additional Time:
8 hrs
Total Time:
11 hrs 30 mins


  • 2 cups dried red beans

  • 1 tablespoon dried minced onion

  • ½ teaspoon dried minced garlic

  • 2 teaspoons salt

  • 1 teaspoon white sugar

  • 1 teaspoon celery seed

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • ¼ teaspoon ground cayenne pepper

  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

  • 1 bay leaf

  • 1 ham hock

  • 1 pound smoked sausage, sliced


  1. Pick over dried beans and soak them in water overnight.

  2. The next day, drain off the soaking water, and place beans in a large pot or slow cooker. Cover with water and stir in dried onion and garlic. Season with salt, sugar, celery seed, cumin, cayenne pepper, red pepper flakes, and bay leaf. Add in ham hock and push down into beans. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat, and simmer over low heat for 3 to 4 hours.

  3. Stir in smoked sausage, simmer for 20 more minutes, and serve.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

345 Calories
24g Fat
12g Carbs
20g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 345
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 24g 30%
Saturated Fat 8g 42%
Cholesterol 56mg 19%
Sodium 1450mg 63%
Total Carbohydrate 12g 4%
Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 20g
Vitamin C 3mg 13%
Calcium 45mg 3%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 435mg 9%

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

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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