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cajun rice and beans with sausage in a pan
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Easy Cajun Rice and Beans

Easy Cajun Rice and Beans is a simple one pot recipe ready in 30 minutes!  Packed full of smoked sausage, black beans, rice and tons of flavor!
 
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 6
Author Nichole

Ingredients

  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1 Pound Smoked Sausage
  • 2 Medium Bell Peppers Sliced
  • 1 Small Yellow Onion Sliced
  • 2 Cloves Garlic Minced
  • 1 Cup Long Grain White Rice
  • 1 14.5 Ounce Can Diced Tomatoes
  • 2 1/4 Cups Chicken Broth
  • 2 teaspoons Cajun Seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon Italian Seasoning
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • 2-3 Drops Hot Sauce Optional
  • 1 15Ounce Can Black Beans, drained and rinsed well

Instructions

  • Heat the olive oil in a large, deep, skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Slice the smoked sausage into rounds, then, slice each round in half.
  • Once the oil is hot, add the sausage, sliced peppers, and onions to the pot and cook, stirring occasionally for 3 minutes.
  • Add the minced garlic, cook, stirring constantly for 1 minute.
  • Pour about 1/4 cup of the broth into the pot, use a wooden spoon to scrape any browned bits off the bottom of the pot.
  • Add the rest of the broth to the pot along with the rice, seasonings and hot sauce (if using).
  • Allow the mixture to come to a boil, reduce the heat to medium-low, cover and simmer for 17-20 minutes until the rice is cooked through.
  • Turn the heat off and stir in the beans.
  • Serve immediately garnished with parsley or green onions if desired.

Notes

Note:  This recipe can be made ahead as directed and frozen.  Once prepared, allow to cool completely.  Store in a large freezer save zip top bag for up to 3 months.  When ready to eat, thaw in the refrigerator overnight.  Once thawed, warm in a large pot over medium heat, stirring occasionally until warmed through.