Creamy Red Beans & Rice

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There comes days in every family’s life when money is tight, or someone is ill, or in the case of 2020 – you are stuck home on quarantine waiting for test results. And that means you have to look into your pantry and fridge to come up with something to cook for dinner. And that is exactly how I came up with Creamy Red Beans & Rice – a new take on the old standby.

Creamy Red Beans & Rice

The rice is super simple – and really you can make your rice how ever you normally make it. Once I started making my rice with chicken broth, I haven’t turned back – it gives it just enough flavor without overwhelming. Sometimes I will add a tablespoon or two of butter if I’m not serving the rice with a gravy or sauce. I also add some lime and cilantro when I’m making it with tacos!

There seems to be a lot of different ways to make Red Beans & Rice – from the veggies to the type of beans. Everyone has their own way – and this one is mine. Its sort of like how everyone has their own version of biscuits and gravy or spaghetti sauce. I am a little obsessed with heavy cream – I love the way it makes everything silky and rich – so I add it to anything I’m unsure about. And it usually ends up being the best version of something for me. You could certainly make this dish without the heavy cream (especially if you have any lactose issues in your home), but it will be a little spicier – so maybe cut the cayenne in half or don’t use andouille sausage – just get kielbasa instead.

Now Let’ Get Cookin’!

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Creamy Red Beans & Rice

A new take on an old standby – this dish is sure to please everyone.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword beans, rice, Rice Dishes, Sausage
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 6

Ingredients

For the Rice

  • 2 cups Long Grain Rice white or brown
  • 1 qt Chicken Broth

For the Beans

  • 1 lb Andouille Sausage cut in ¼ inch rounds
  • 3 15 oz can Kidney Beans drained
  • 1 15 oz can Diced Tomatoes
  • 1 9 oz can Tomato Paste
  • 3 tbsp Avocado Oil
  • ½ Red Onion diced
  • 2 Garlic Cloves minced
  • 1 tsp Cumin
  • 1 tsp Paprika
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Coarse Black Pepper
  • ¼ tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • 1 tsp Parsley
  • 1 cup Chicken Broth
  • 1 cup Heavy Cream

Instructions

  • Prepare all of the ingredients.
  • In a pot over medium heat, add rice and broth. Cover and cook for 20 minutes. Once done, just turn off burner and leave rice (with lid on) until ready to serve.
  • In a large saute pan over medium high heat, add oil, garlic and onions. Cook for 3 minutes then add sausage and saute for 4-5 minutes.
  • Reduce heat to medium and add beans, tomatoes, seasonings and chicken broth. Stir to combine and then add tomato paste. Continue to stir until completely combined. Let simmer for 15 minutes stirring occasionally.
  • Pour in heavy cream and stir until combined. Let cook another 3-5 minutes.
  • In a shallow bowl, place a portion of rice on one half of bowl. Ladle beans onto other side of bowl, overlapping slightly in the center. Garnish with parsley if desired.

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Published by Estelle Forrest

I am a lot of things – wife, mother, daughter, sister, niece, friend, business owner, volunteer, and a home chef. I have lived in the Pacific Northwest for most of my adult life and plan to stay forever – while traveling a lot. I am currently running a General Contracting business with my husband out of our home. Between us we have 6 kids in our blended family, 4 of which live with us full-time. We are a highly active family during the week – sports, bands, dance classes – as well as on the weekend – camping, hiking, car shows, and concerts. We like to go go go, but when it comes to dinnertime, we mostly like to dine-in! I love to create things with my hands and have probably tried almost every craft out there at least once or twice. Cooking is a huge part of my life. No matter what anyone says – you can taste the difference in the food if it was made with love. Some of the simplest meals can be elevated so much when they are cooked with care. Pouring love into the meals I create brings a feeling of fulfillment and satisfaction, not only to me, but to the people I care about.

6 thoughts on “Creamy Red Beans & Rice

  1. Life Diet Health – Sunny Suffolk, UK – Hello! I’m Laurena, a Health & Nutrition Life Coach and teacher living in England with my husband and teenage son. Previously I have worked as head chef both in a small local café, at the main restaurant at a major port and everything inbetween including bespoke dinner parties and on-site catering for films and events. <!--more continue reading--> When I began to suffer from several chronic illnesses, I changed my whole lifestyle and now eat a wholefood plant-based diet, mainly gluten and refined sugar-free with minimal processed foods! As I love cooking & baking I have reinvented, tweaked or created from scratch delicious recipes which match my wholefoods free-from lifestyle. I hope you will enjoy what you find!
    Life Diet Health says:

    What a great recipe! We make red beans all the time but I’ve never added cream, I might try that! Thanks for sharing at Fiesta Friday.

  2. This sounds amazing! I always grew up eating red beans and rice, but never with the cream! Heavy cream makes everything more delicious, so I can only image the deliciousness it adds to this recipe.

    Thanks for linking up and sharing with us this past week on the Embracing Home and Family link-up!

    -Cherelle

  3. Congratulations, your awesome post is on the Top Ten at Full Plate Thursday,508 this week! Thanks so much for sharing with us and you have a great week!
    Miz Helen

    1. Estelle Forrest – I am a lot of things – wife, mother, daughter, sister, niece, friend, business owner, volunteer, and a home chef. Cooking is a huge part of my life. Some of the simplest meals can be elevated so much when they are cooked with care. Pouring love into the meals I create brings a feeling of fulfillment and satisfaction, not only to me but to the people I care about.
      Estelle Forrest says:

      Wow – thank you so much! This is turning out to be quite the popular recipe.

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