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Bowl of New Orleans Red Beans

Makes: 8 servings

Spice up your week with these delicious New Orleans Red Beans. Season with hot sauce if desired. 


  • 1 pound red beans (dry)
  • 8 cups water (2 quarts)
  • 1 1/2 cups onions (chopped)
  • 1 cup celery (chopped)
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 1 cup green peppers (chopped)
  • 3 tablespoons garlic (chopped)
  • 3 tablespoons parsley (chopped)
  • 2 teaspoons thyme (dried, crushed)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper


  1. Pick through beans to remove bad beans; rinse thoroughly.
  2. In a large pot combine beans, water, onion, celery, and bay leaves. Bring to a boil; reduce heat. Cover and cook over low heat for about 1-1/2 hours until beans are tender. Stir. Mash beans against side of pan.
  3. Add green pepper, garlic, parsley, thyme, salt, and black pepper. Cook, uncovered, over low heat until creamy (about 30 minutes). Remove bay leaves.
  4. Serve with hot cooked brown rice, if desired.

Source: Stay Young at Heart: Cooking the Heart-Healthy Way, US Department of Health and Human Services, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.

Nutrition Information

Serving Size: 1 1/4 cup (361g)

Nutrients Amount
Total Calories 202
Total Fat 1 g
Saturated Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 315 mg
Carbohydrates 37 g
Dietary Fiber 10 g
Total Sugars 2 g
Added Sugars included 0 g
Protein 13 g
Vitamin D 0 mcg
Calcium 84 mg
Iron 4 mg
Potassium 701 mg