Red Beans and Rice with Sausage: Authentic New Orleans

One of my favorite things to make aside from Gumbo is Red Beans and Rice with Sausage. In Louisiana, red beans are the main course. I never knew that red beans was considered a soup in the rest of the world. We eat it as a main course with cornbread and some type of greens.

Screen shot of phone taking picture of Red beans with sausage and rice

There is something very soothing about eating a bowl of red beans and rice with sausage. The blending of the onions, peppers, garlic, and celery with the juice that the red beans make is some of the most comforting comfort food ever. It reminds me of my great grandmother’s kitchen. It’s a lot like love. Red beans and rice recipe is one that is passed down by observing and just absorbing the knowledge of the cooks who got the recipe right. 

I kind of laugh because here I am posting this on a Monday and growing up in the public school system, red beans and rice was always what was served on Monday’s. If you are from where I am from, you know exactly what I mean. 

Getting started with your beans, you have to rinse them. Most times they are not covered in dirt. Sometimes they may have a bit of debris. Either way, rinsing the beans is always good practice. Pour about three cups of red beans into a pot and rinse with water. Don’t forget to pour the water out of the pot. ????


Red beans in a pot with water being poured in to soak red beans


Once you rinse them, you have to allow them time to soak in water. Typically a few hours before I am ready to cook, I put the red beans in a pot and cover them with water. Now when you do this, you want a good 2 inches of water above the red beans. So, you will probably be pouring in about 8 cups of water into the pot.

Do you have to soak red beans before cooking? 

You do not have to soak the beans but it is highly recommended. Soaking red beans does the following:

  • reduces the chance of you getting gas and bloating,
  • shortens the cooking time because of the bean being able to hydrate,
  • and helps preserve the nutrients of the bean.

After about two hours of soaking, your beans should look like this.

red beans soaking in water after 2 hours

Once your red beans begin to swell and wrinkle up, put them on medium high heat for about an hour. After an hour they should be rather plump but still a bit hard if you were to try and bite it. Yikes. Please don’t try and bite it.

After the hour has passed, you want to add your vegetables to the pot. This has got to be one of my favorite parts of making the red beans: adding the fresh seasoning. It makes your house smell amazing. Sometimes the aroma even reaches the neighbor’s home. It’s magical. Unicorns and red beans.

Ingredients for red beans with sausage

You are going to chop up 3 stalks of celery (if you choose), 1 onion, 1/2 cup of parsley, 1 green bell (or jalapeño) pepper, 1 red bell pepper, 4 garlic cloves and 2 shoots of green onions (set aside). Once you have them chopped up, slide them in the pot.

This is the magic that goes on that creates an aroma of awesomeness that fills your kitchen. Red Beans with Sausage will do this every time!

You are going to let this simmer for about 30 minutes. Meanwhile, you are going to slice 3 sausage links and put them into a hot skillet.

smoked sausage

You are cooking your sausage in the skillet because you want them to caramelize just a tad. It will look a little something like thiiiiiiiisssss after about 5-8 minutes of cooking. You have to stir, toss, and turn them of course during those 5-8 minutes.

Cooked sliced sausage on silicone spatula

At this time, you are going to take the sausage out of the pan. Let the grease drain from them and place them in the pot of red beans. Allow to cook for another 30 minutes. This is what you should have after the 30 minutes of cooking once you have added the sausage. Once I add the sausage to the pot, and only if you dare add about 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne pepper. Add a little more if you dare. 

Read beans with sausage in pot

Now, at some point you should have made or should be making your rice, as you usually would. I have been falling in love with Jasmine Rice. Sheesh. I could eat that plain. Jasmine rice elevates the red beans and rice recipe.

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Red Beans With Sausage and Rice


Now plate your bowl as you desire and enjoy! 

Red Beans and Rice with Sausage

Red Beans and Rice with Sausage

Yield: 16 servings
Prep Time: 3 hours
Cook Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 6 hours

One of my favorite meals that remind me of home, family, and love. Creamy red beans with a bit of spice that can only have been created in a tiny Kitchen in New Orleans.


  • 3 cups of Camelia red beans
  • 16 cups water divided (8 cups for initial cooking, 4 cups to be added after an hour of cooking)
  • 3 links cajun sausage
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 whole jalapeno, seeded and chopped
  • 1 whole red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 2 shoots green onion, chopped
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 3 tbsp Tony Chachere's Creole Seasoning
  • 2 tbsp onion powder
  • 2 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp cayenne powder, or to taste
  • 2 leaves bay leaf
  • salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Rinse the red beans
  2. Allow red beans to soak in water for 2 hours or overnight
  3. Drain red beans, add 8 cups of water and cook on medium high heat for 1 hour
  4. After the hour has passed, add onion, jalapeño, red bell pepper, celery, garlic, and green onion.
  5. You will need to add another 4 cups of water as the beans have absorbed the water and your do not want them to stick.
  6. Cook for 30 minutes on medium heat.
  7. While beans are cooking with the vegetables, cook down sausage in a skillet for 5-8 minutes.
  8. Drain sausage and add to pot of red beans.
  9. Add spices (Tony Chachere's Creole Seasoning, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, pepper, cayenne pepper) and stir.
  10. Cook for another 30 minutes.
  11. Serve with Rice and enjoy!
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 16 Serving Size: 16 servings
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 400

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    May 15, 2019 at 5:06 pm

    We were in New Orleans a few years ago and loved the food. It’s nice to see an authentic recipe with such clear instructions.

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    GiGi Eats
    May 15, 2019 at 7:39 pm

    Total LOCAL COLOR dish here, that’s for sure! Looks quite tasty too!

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    May 15, 2019 at 11:39 pm

    oh yaasssssss….This looks delicious especially that i love sausages. Thanks a lot for the recipe.

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    Jessa B
    May 16, 2019 at 1:32 am

    you make it look so easy to cook! I think i know what is it for dinner now!!! Will go out to buy the ingredients ASAP!

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    May 16, 2019 at 1:52 am

    This dish sounds incredible! It’s one of my favorites! You took nice photos of it too.

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    Czjai Reyes-Ocampo
    May 16, 2019 at 8:23 am

    Wow, that looks great! I haven’t tried cooking this before, thanks for sharing the recipe. 🙂

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    Bindu Thomas
    May 16, 2019 at 10:49 am

    I can eat rice with anything. This looks very tasty. The instructions are so clear too.

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    Sharon Rolland
    May 16, 2019 at 12:03 pm

    I love beans. Give me a bowl with beans and I am happy. Cooking with them is even more amazing. Recipe looks really tasty. Will try it

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    Gervin Khan
    May 16, 2019 at 1:37 pm

    That looks like an another delicious recipe for me to try, perfect to pair on my newly cooked rice. Hahaha!

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    May 16, 2019 at 3:42 pm

    This sounds like a delicious recipe. I am usually not a fan of beans, but I would try it. I can imagine that the smokiness of the sausage does change the taste of the beans, giving much more flavor.

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    Catherine Santiago Jose
    May 16, 2019 at 3:47 pm

    Aww! This look so delicious! I would love to try to cook a new dish for my family and I think this one is the perfect recipe. Thanks for sharing!

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    Owen G.
    May 16, 2019 at 4:10 pm

    Wow, this recipe looks great. I used to make mine with groind pork but this sounds so good too.

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    Monidipa Dutta
    May 16, 2019 at 5:03 pm

    The recipe looks incredibly yummy. I’d love to try it out and recommend it too.

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    The Virginia Nymph
    May 16, 2019 at 7:13 pm

    I just ate but this recipe and the pictures made me instantly hungry again! Yummy. I’ll have to try this.

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    May 16, 2019 at 8:35 pm

    This looks so tasty! I love New Orleans style foods, and enjoy making meals like this at home!

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    May 17, 2019 at 12:17 am

    Omg this sounds so good! I need to make this. Thanks for sharing.

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    Italian Trip Abroad
    May 17, 2019 at 10:29 am

    The great dish here, I love both ingredients but never think about it.

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    Nina Cochingco
    May 17, 2019 at 4:43 pm

    It looks so yummy. I really love red beans and sausage even more. They would really taste good together

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    Alexandra Cook
    May 18, 2019 at 3:38 am

    OMG Can I just say, I can’t help but drool over the picture! Who would not love to taste this! I’ll making this out over the weekends

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    Mudpie Fridays
    May 18, 2019 at 3:39 am

    This looks nice and simple to put together but so delicious! Perfect for a weekend treat!

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    May 18, 2019 at 3:39 am

    I love red beans and sausage too. The pictures alone sealed the deal for me. This looks and sounds incredibly tasty.

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    May 18, 2019 at 3:46 pm

    This looks delicious and easy enough to make! Good comfort food!

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    May 18, 2019 at 7:09 pm

    That looks so yummy! As for the beans, that may be from the Spanish influence in New Orleans. As a Cuban, we have beans over rice and mixed in with rice, not as a soup. And sausage in red beans with rice! That’s a slice of heaven!

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    Chris T.
    May 19, 2019 at 8:39 am

    Wow, looks so delicious. Red beans are yummy, I really love it. I better try this recipe.

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    Sandra Roberts
    March 28, 2020 at 9:34 pm

    Hey, I’m in Kenner, LA. I make red beans as well, similar to how you make them. I also add a little bit of chili powder to give the beans a little bit of a spice taste. Also you can take some beans out in a bowl and use a potato masher to mash them, makes the juice a bit thicker (my grandma use to do that). Other than that, you made me hungry! LOL

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    May 6, 2020 at 12:29 am

    Oh Christy, where did your recipe go for Mardi Gras shrimp and grits? I need that one please. It’s the best.

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      Christy Irene
      May 6, 2020 at 12:38 am

      You’ve got it, Angela! I sent it to your email.

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    Katrina Adams
    June 1, 2020 at 12:07 pm

    This is one my favorite meals!! Yummy!

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    June 1, 2020 at 1:59 pm

    So rich in both flavor and history!!! Hope to visit N.O one day!

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    Immaculate Ruému
    June 3, 2020 at 11:29 pm

    Looks so delicious and I love the addition of sausage. Mouth watering!

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    June 10, 2020 at 4:58 am

    Love this dish, especially with the sausage–SO good!

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    October 12, 2020 at 3:49 pm

    Great recipe, looks so yummy! It’s very important to soak red kidney beans at least 5 hours before cooking as it contains the toxin phytohemagglutinin which can lead to gastrointestinal problems.

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      Christy Irene
      October 22, 2020 at 9:55 pm

      You are right about the soaking!

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