Sonya's Red Beans and Rice Recipe -
Sonya's Red Beans and Rice Recipe
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Sonya's Red Beans and Rice

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"This is the best red beans recipe I have found. Serve over rice."

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Original recipe makes 16 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    2 hrs 15 mins

    10 hrs 30 mins


  1. Place red beans into a large container and cover with several inches of cool water; let stand 8 hours to overnight. Drain and rinse.
  2. Combine beans, ham hock, and salt in a stockpot; pour in enough water to cover. Bring bean mixture to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer until beans are softened, 30 to 40 minutes.
  3. Stir onion, green bell pepper, parsley, tomato sauce, green onions, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, black pepper, oregano, thyme, cayenne pepper, and hot sauce into bean mixture. Cover stockpot and cook until vegetables are tender, about 1 hour.
  4. Mix sausage into bean mixture and cook for another 45 minutes. Remove ham hock before serving.
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Feb 11, 2014

It's important to take some of the beans and squish them up in a bowl to make the liquid thicken up. Don't use less liquid, mash some of the beans then reintroduce them to the pot but this is to be done toward the last as needed. That is why you use so much liquid. It's the old fashioned seasoning way and it's good! Enjoy! Yes, this is also better eaten the following day, given time to give the flavors to ripen!

Jan 19, 2014

This recipe motivated me to write my first review. It is outstanding! I used smoked neck bones because the meat market was out of ham hocks (I would have used a smoked ham hock instead of the ham hock the recipe calls for). I also used the full 2 lbs of smoked sausage (Aidells Andouille Sausage). This recipe is delicious and satisfies your appetite on a cold day.

Nov 03, 2013

First, get yourself a big pot, a REALLY big pot. I used a 5-qt dutch oven, only 1 lb. of sausage instead of two, and it was up to the top. I followed the recipe except for using Hillshire Farm Chicken Hardwood Smoked Sausage (seriously tastes just like smoked sausage) and used 1 lb instead of 2 lb (it was what I had on hand). This recipe does take some time, but it’s worth the effort. I think the timing is off on a few things. The beans will take longer to become soft, and the vegetables will take less time to cook. I left this simmer for several hours, the consistency ended up being perfect, and although this recipe definitely is different, this is a very good version of red beans and rice.

Feb 15, 2015

Pretty good red beans, though I wound up doubling the cayenne to get a more authentic taste. The second time I made it I sauteed a chopped yellow onion and bell pepper with 2 chopped stalks of celery, then added them to the pot. It rounded out the flavor. I reserved the chopped green onions to sprinkle over the top before serving. It was deserving of a 5th star after my changes. One note; the title says "and Rice" but the recipe doesn't contain or mention rice except in the title.


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  • Calories
  • 380 kcal
  • 19%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 24.4 g
  • 8%
  • Cholesterol
  • 48 mg
  • 16%
  • Fat
  • 21.3 g
  • 33%
  • Fiber
  • 8.5 g
  • 34%
  • Protein
  • 22.7 g
  • 45%
  • Sodium
  • 1419 mg
  • 57%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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