Red Beans and Rice Soup

We’ve had some hints of colder weather here in the Midwest, but even if you are still feeling the summer heat this recipe from guest blogger Carol Kicinski @ Simply Gluten-Free is sure to please the whole family!

From Carol: “I love this recipe because it is so packed with flavor, so robust and yet so simple. To make it really easy I started off with a bag of Hurst Family Harvest Bayou Cajun Red Bean Soup …mix which has the gluten free seasonings all ready in the mix! You can make this recipe on the stove top, just simmer the soup for about 2 hours, but I like to prepare everything the night before, while I am already cooking dinner that night and throw it all in the slow cooker in the morning. This was a strategy I employed when my kids were younger, whenever possible I would try to make more than one dinner at a time. Such a great time saver especially at a time when families are adjusting to the kids going back to school and busier schedules.” (For the rest of Carol’s post, click HERE)

Ingredients

1 package Hurst Family Harvest Bayou Cajun Red Bean Soup
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 pound andouille sausage (omit for vegan and vegetarian), sliced
1 medium onion, chopped
2 large or 4 small carrots, thickly sliced
4 close garlic, minced
Kosher salt and pepper
1 cup rice
4 cups gluten free chicken or vegetable stock
3 cups water
3 green onions, sliced

Directions

The night before you plan to serve this soup, pour the beans into a large saucepan, cover with water and bring to a boil, lower the heat and simmer for 30 minutes. Reserve the seasoning packet for later. Let the beans cool in the water and then refrigerate overnight. Drain the beans and rinse. Put into a slow cooker along with the reserved seasoning packet.

Heat a large skillet over medium heat and add the slices sausage, onions and carrots. Cook until everything starts to brown, about 10 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Season with salt and pepper. (Can be made up to this point the night before, put in an airtight container and refrigerate.) Put in slow cooker with the beans and add the rice, stock and water. Stir everything to combine. Cook on low for 8 – 10 hours. Garnish soup with green onions.

This gluten free recipe  serves 8 – 10 people.


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