Red Beans and Rice

This popular low-fat, low-calorie recipe is simmered in the slow cooker with red beans, kielbasa, vegetables, and spices. Serve over rice to complete the meal.

Red Beans and Rice
Servings: 6 Prep 10 mins Cook 8 mins Slow Cook 3-1/2 hours on HIGH or 5 hours on LOW


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 small green pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 rib celery, thinly sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning (such as McCormick)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 pound dried red kidney beans, rinsed and picked over
  • 1 large chicken bouillon cube
  • 3 cups water
  • 1/2 pound Lite kielbasa, halved lengthwise and cut into 1/4-inch half moons
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 cups cooked white rice

Make It

1. Heat oil in a medium-size skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion, green pepper and celery to skillet and cook, stirring occasionally, for 7 minutes or until softened. Add garlic and cook 1 minute.

2. Scrape contents of skilllet into slow cooker and add Cajun seasoning, bay leaves, oregano, thyme, beans, bouillon cube and water. Cook for 3-1/2 hours on HIGH or 5 hours on LOW or until beans are soft and liquid has thickened.

3. Stir in sausage and black pepper. Cook an additional 15 minutes or until heated through. Discard bay leaves and serve over rice.

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe: 6; Amount Per Serving: cal. (kcal): 344, Fat, total (g): 8, chol. (mg): 24, sat. fat (g): 2, carb. (g): 48, fiber (g): 11, pro. (g): 8, sodium (mg): 890, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.