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Authentic Louisiana Red Beans and Rice

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Main dish: Authentic Louisiana Red Beans and Rice
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INGREDIENTS
Servings: 8
dry kidney beans
olive oil
onion, chopped
green bell pepper, chopped
minced garlic
celery, chopped
water
bay leaves
cayenne pepper
dried thyme
dried sage
dried parsley
Cajun seasoning
andouille sausage, sliced
water
long grain white rice
DIRECTIONS
  1. Rinse beans, and then soak in a large pot of water overnight.
  2. In a skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Cook onion, bell pepper, garlic, and celery in olive oil for 3 to 4 minutes.
  3. Rinse beans, and transfer to a large pot with 6 cups water. Stir cooked vegetables into beans. Season with bay leaves, cayenne pepper, thyme, sage, parsley, and Cajun seasoning. Bring to a boil, and then reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer for 2 1/2 hours.
  4. Stir sausage into beans, and continue to simmer for 30 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, prepare the rice. In a saucepan, bring water and rice to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 20 minutes. Serve beans over steamed white rice.
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