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    Default Authentic Louisiana Red Beans and Rice

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    1 pound dry kidney beans
    1/4 cup olive oil
    1 large onion, chopped
    1 green bell pepper, chopped
    2 tablespoons minced garlic
    2 stalks celery, chopped
    6 cups water
    2 bay leaves
    1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
    1 teaspoon dried thyme
    1/4 teaspoon dried sage
    1 tablespoon dried parsley
    1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning
    1 pound andouille sausage, sliced
    4 cups water
    2 cups long grain white rice


    Rinse beans, and then soak in a large pot of water overnight.
    In a skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Cook onion, bell pepper, garlic, and celery in olive oil for 3 to 4 minutes.
    Rinse beans, and transfer to a large pot with 6 cups water. Stir cooked vegetables into beans. Season with bay leaves, cayenne pepper, thyme, sage, parsley, and Cajun seasoning. Bring to a boil, and then reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer for 2 1/2 hours.
    Stir sausage into beans, and continue to simmer for 30 minutes.
    Meanwhile, prepare the rice. In a saucepan, bring water and rice to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 20 minutes. Serve beans over steamed white rice.



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