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"star" quality red beans & rice

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a recipe by
Ellen Gwaltney Bales
Indianapolis, IN

Another recipe from my employer, the Indianapolis Star. This recipe is a bit different from many others. Try it! Photo:

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serves 6
prep time 20 Min
cook time 15 Min
method Stove Top

Ingredients For "star" quality red beans & rice

  • 2 c
    basmati rice
  • 3 c
  • 2 can
    (15 oz. ea.) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 4 c
    vegetable broth
  • 2
    apple sage sausages (can buy at whole foods)
  • 2
    italian sausages
  • 1 Tbsp
    safflower oil
  • 1
    white onion, diced medium
  • 6
    6-inch celery stalks, diced
  • 4 clove
    garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp
    chili powder
  • 1 tsp
    dried thyme
  • 1
    red bell pepper, cored, seeded and diced
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 c
    thinly sliced scallions (green onions)

How To Make "star" quality red beans & rice

  • 1
    Rinse the rice; then bring rice and water to a boil in a pot with a tight-fitting lid. Reduce heat and simmer until water is absorbed, about 20 minutes.
  • 2
    In a blender, puree three-quarters of the beans in 4 cups broth until smooth.
  • 3
    Cut the sausages into quarters, lengthwise, then crosswise to dice.
  • 4
    Heat the oil in a large stew pot over high heat. Add onion and celery and cook, stirring, about 10 minutes. Add garlic; cook 2 minutes more. Add sausage, chili powder, thyme, bean puree, remaining beans and bell pepper. Cook for 10-15 minutes.
  • 5
    Season with salt and pepper. Serve over the rice, garnished with scallions.