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Red Beans and Sausage

Turkey sausage, beans and a zesty blend of spices make this a deliciously unique meal.—Cathy Webster, Morris, Illinois
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 medium green pepper, diced
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cans (16 ounces each) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 pound smoked turkey sausage, sliced
  • 1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning
  • 1/8 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
  • 3/4 cup water
  • Hot cooked rice, optional


  • In a large saucepan, heat oil over medium heat; saute pepper and onion until tender. Add garlic; cook and stir 1 minute.
  • Stir in beans, sausage, Cajun seasoning, pepper sauce and water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, until heated through, 5-7 minutes. If desired, serve with rice.
Nutrition Facts
2/3 cup (calculated without rice): 212 calories, 4g fat (1g saturated fat), 24mg cholesterol, 706mg sodium, 27g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 8g fiber), 16g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 lean meat, 1-1/2 starch, 1/2 fat.

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  • bakingmad
    Jan 11, 2018

    With a few simple changes to better suit our taste, this is a delicious, quick, easy meal. Instead of using oil, I spray a non-stick pan with no-stick cooking spray to saute the green pepper and onion, omit the spicy Cajun seasoning, hot pepper sauce, and water and sub with a can of diced stewed tomatoes (including the juice), and a few generous squirts of our favorite bottled BBQ sauce. We couldn't even taste the sausage the first time I made the recipe, so now I omit it to make this a meatless meal. This makes way too much for just the two of us, but halving the recipe using one can of kidney beans makes enough for two nights, always a plus for me when I can get two meals out of one recipe. Served over brown rice, this is a real favorite around here - yum!

  • debpenns
    Jul 10, 2015

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  • mollymay4
    Jul 7, 2014

    Surprisingly good and very simple and quick to make. I just added a little salt and it was good to go.

  • sweet baby J
    Mar 9, 2013

    love this

  • kbussey
    May 14, 2012

    I make this all the time. We use Jalapeno's instead of green peppers. My husband and 7 yr old daughter love this.

  • lana1211
    Oct 19, 2007

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