Machines Made Dinner ~ Sausage, Red Beans & Rice

Sausage, Red Beans and RiceThis day, Larry was focusing all his attention on a case (he’s a legal expert witness), I was volunteering at UCLA Hospital (Info Desk Lady). Crockpot + rice cooker = dinner. Now, this is not a New Orleans Sausage, Red Beans and Rice, it’s a Patti version. Nor is it “cooking fresh” — it’s what you might call a Desperation Dinner.

Larry and I both work from home offices.  There are always ingredients in our kitchen, and Larry often cooks fine dinners for me on my volunteer days. But this day he was glued to his desk, so before I left the house (I actually walk to this volunteer gig), I pulled out the machines, along with two frozen sausages, two canned items, spices and rice.

Speaking of rice, we typically have several varieties here. My current favorites are from Lotus Foods. I met the company at a trade show and heard their mission. Dedicated to changing how rice is grown. Less water, better for the planet. I invited them to provide samples in our goodie bag at Camp Blogaway because their story is worth sharing. Tonight is Organic Mekong Flower Rice from Cambodia, one of our favorite travel destinations.

Back to dinner. I timed myself before heading out the door: 4 minutes crockpot prep + 3 minutes rice cooker prep + 4 minutes to locate and re-read the rice cooker’s preset timer instructions.  I returned to a house with a hot, ready meal, and busy husband undisturbed.  Here’s how:

Sausage, Red Beans and Rice

  • 1 cup uncooked rice
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 Italian sausages, totally frozen is better for timing
  • 1 14.5 oz. can diced tomatoes, no salt added
  • 1 15.25 oz. can low-sodium kidney beans, drain and rinse
  • 1 tablespoon dried minced onion
  • a few dashes of Tabasco
  • fresh chives, cilantro for garnish, if desired

Place rice and water into rice cooker, set timer to start cooking 30 minutes before serving time (to give you about 10 minutes on warm cycle as you get ready to eat).

Put whole sausages, tomatoes, beans, minced onion and Tabasco in crockpot. No need to stir. Set on LOW for 4 to 8 hours, even more time doesn’t really matter.

When ready to serve, slice sausages into bite sized pieces, dish beans over hot cooked rice and sprinkle with herbs.  Makes 3 servings (2 for our dinner, 1 for Patti’s lunch the next day).

To make more servings, add as many sausages as you have family members and double the other ingredients.

NOTE: canned vegetables and beans, I buy no-salt-added and/or low-sodium. So you can salt to taste.

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{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Jennifer Whitney February 11, 2015 at 1:40 am

This recipe is looking so stunning and delicious! I must try it out.

2 Worth The Whisk December 5, 2010 at 11:59 am

Angela, it will warm your soul. Take it easy, we love you.

3 Angela December 5, 2010 at 11:40 am

Thanks Patti – making it tonight. These days, “easy” is right up my alley!

4 Worth The Whisk December 3, 2010 at 5:30 pm

Jane, you can cook the sausage & beans in a dutch oven on the stovetop, or in the oven. Just cook either way until the sausage is cooked through. It might not have as much depth of flavor, but is fairly foolproof.

5 Worth The Whisk December 3, 2010 at 5:29 pm

Erika, my rice cooker is also a slow cooker. But then we have the Rival 12-cup crockpot, different machine. We make the rice in rice cooker, and the Sausage & Red Beans in the slow cooker.

6 Jane Schwab December 3, 2010 at 2:37 pm

Patti, this sausage recipe is right up my alley. What if you don’t have a crockpot? What do I do then?

7 Erika - In Erika's Kitchen December 3, 2010 at 12:26 pm

Patti – which of the machines listed above is the rice cooker? One says crockpot, the other says slow cooker. I thought those were the same thing.

8 Nancy@acommunaltable November 17, 2010 at 5:44 pm

Much and all as I love cooking, there are nights when dishes like this are perfect – have bookmarked this recipe for the start of basketball season!!!

9 Worth The Whisk November 16, 2010 at 2:56 pm

Thanks, Kelly. My machines thank you, too!

10 Kelly November 16, 2010 at 2:33 pm

Yum. This sounds like the perfect marriage of simple and comforting and I absolutely love the title. 🙂

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