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Red Beans and Rice with Turkey Sausage

"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


  • 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 pound fully cooked smoked turkey sausage, halved and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 4 cups hot cooked rice


  • 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.
  • 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.
Nutrition Facts
1/2 cup: 197 calories, 2g fat (0 saturated fat), 7mg cholesterol, 116mg sodium, 35g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 9g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1/2 meat, 1/2 vegetable.

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  • mother of 3
    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.

  • Derrell
    Dec 3, 2012

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