Red Beans and Rice with Turkey Sausage Recipe

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"I adapted this recipe from a cookbook to eliminate time-consuming steps like browning the sausage and soaking and boiling beans," explains Brenda Heidoff Leonard of Missoula, Montana. "Red pepper flakes add zest to this satisfying dish that's chock-full of beans and flavorful sausage."
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:10 servings
Quick Diabetic Exchange Test Kitchen Approved
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 10 servings


  • 3 celery ribs, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 6 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1-3/4 cups water
  • 1 can (16 ounces) light red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (16 ounces) dark red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 pound fully cooked smoked turkey sausage, halved and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 4 cups hot cooked rice

Nutritional Facts

Nutritional Analysis: One serving (1/2 cup bean mixture and 1/3 cup rice) equals 197 calories, 116 mg sodium, 7 mg cholesterol, 35 gm carbohydrate, 9 gm protein, 2 gm fat. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1/2 meat 1/2 vegetable


  1. In a large skillet that has been coated with cooking spray, saute celery, onions and garlic until tender. Add water, beans, oregano, thyme, red pepper flakes and pepper. Bring to a boil; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Remove about 1-1/2 cups of bean mixture and mash with a fork. Return to skillet. Add sausage; bring to a boil. boil for 5 minutes or until bean mixture reaches desired thickness. Serve over rice. Yield: 10 servings.
Originally published as Hearty Red Beans and Rice in Quick Cooking September/October 1998, p48

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Reviewed Apr. 1, 2014

"It is good but too dry. I omitted celery, green onions & used the light red kidney beans, but substituted chicken broth for the water. Also substituted browned turkey breakfast sausage. I recommend leaving the pot cover on to simmer. The mashed beans make the finished dish a bit odd-looking to a skeptical husband."

Reviewed Dec. 3, 2012

"I added more sausage . I cook a lot of beans for my family . They love them with cornbread ."

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