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Red Beans and Rice Soup

What do I make when it too cold to go to the grocery store? Here’s the perfect recipe: Red Beans and Rice Soup! I’m hoping you’ll already have these items in your pantry. What makes this soup special is the homemade Cajun spices; it’s also quick to make! Sometimes I will garnish this soup with sweet chicken sausage, the kind that is precooked. Just slice up a package (usually 4 or 5 links) and throw into the soup to heat at the end. This soup will warm your heart on any cold day!

Red Beans and Rice Soup (serves 6)


2 tablespoons olive oil

1 medium onion, diced

1 small yellow bell pepper, diced

2 stalks celery, diced

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 tablespoon Cajun seasoning (recipe* below)

6 cups vegetable broth

3 cans red kidney beans, rinsed and drained

2 cups cooked brown rice

3 green onions, sliced

In a large pot heat oil over medium heat oil and sauté onion, bell pepper, and celery and until softened, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and Cajun seasoning and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add broth and beans and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer uncovered for 10 minutes. Add rice and green onions and cook to heat contents thoroughly. Remove from heat and season as needed. Enjoy!

*Cajun Seasoning

2-1/2 tablespoons salt

1 tablespoon dried oregano

1 tablespoon smoked paprika

1 tablespoon black pepper

2 teaspoons cayenne pepper

Combine salt, oregano, paprika, black pepper, cayenne pepper in small sealed bag. Shake to mix. Store unused portion in the sealed bag.

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