There is something so wonderful about a one pot meal – you get to bring together a variety of ingredients to make a delightful creation for your family. This particular meal – Tuesday Beans & Rice – brings together onions, garlic, bell peppers, and smoked sausage for a very tasty rice and beans dish. One pot meals are especially perfect for weeknight meals, as they cut down on clean-up after and usually require minimal attention once you get everything into the pot. This recipes nails both of those points.
The name from this dish came from a Facebook comment that I got on my personal account when I posted my daily meal pic. Yes, I test out my new recipes and take pics to share with FB friends before sharing them to the blog! Well I still hadn’t figured out what to call this dish so I sad just that. It happened to be Tuesday and one friend just said – looks like a tasty Tuesday dinner to me. And here we are…
This type of recipe is one I like to refer to as a clean out the kitchen recipe. I usually come up with them when I need to clear some stuff out of the pantry or fridge and I start the wheels turning on what can I create. This one started with some smoked sausage, kidney beans and a bell pepper. That evolved to how do I make a whole meal out of it. That went down the road of dirty rice, then red beans and rice, then jambalaya. And the end result is a sort of weeknight one pot play on all three. If you don’t have a 12 inch saute pan, you need one, as they come in so handy for dishes like this.
You really aren’t going to need to add anything to this meal, as it is very hearty and filling. I did consider making some cornbread, but really felt that it would be too much food. We didn’t have any leftovers, so if you are hoping for some, you may want to add in a little something more, like a bread or veggie on the side.
Now Let’s Get Cookin’!
Tuesday Beans & Rice
- 2 tbsp Oil
- ½ Yellow Onion diced
- 4 Garlic Cloves minced
- 1 Green Bell Pepper diced
- 1 Orange Bell Pepper diced
- 2 lb Smoked Sausage cut into ¼-in coins
- 1 tsp Salt
- 1 tsp Pepper
- 1 tsp Thyme
- 1 tbsp Old Bay Seasoning
- 1 15oz can Tomato Sauce
- 2 15oz can Kidney Beans drained
- 2 cups Long Grain Rice
- 1 qt Beef Broth
- In a large saute pan over medium-high heat, add oil. Once hot add onions and garlic and saute for 3 minutes.
- Next add bell peppers, sausage, salt, pepper, thyme and old bay seasoning. Combine and cook another 2 minutes. Then add tomato sauce, beans and rice. Combine and cook another 3 minutes.
- Add broth and stir to combine. Bring just to a bubble then reduce heat to medium. Cover and cook for 20 minutes. Remove lid and thouroughly stir. Replace lid and cook another 15 minutes.
Estelle Forrest’s self-published first cookbook – Homemade on a Weeknight: A Family Cookbook – was created after a lot of playing around in the kitchen. You can purchase your own copy here:
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