Simple Red Bean-and-Rice Soup

An easy yet satisfying combination of red beans and rice has serious meal appeal when simmered with Cajun seasonings in a flavorful soup.

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  • Servings: 6
Simple Red Bean-and-Rice Soup

Photography: Romulo Yanes

Source: Everyday Food, October 2012


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium white onion, diced small
  • 1/2 medium green bell pepper, diced small
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 teaspoons Cajun seasoning, plus more for serving
  • 5 cups chicken broth
  • 3 cans (15.5 ounces each) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • Salt
  • 1/3 cup converted rice
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced


  1. In a large pot, heat oil over medium-high. Add onion and bell pepper and saute until softened, 5 minutes. Add garlic and Cajun seasoning and cook until fragrant, 30 seconds. Add broth and beans and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and season with salt. Simmer until broth is slightly thickened, about 20 minutes, skimming any foam that rises to top.

  2. Stir in rice and cook, stirring occasionally, 15 minutes. Add scallions and cook 5 minutes. Remove from heat and season with additional Cajun seasoning, if desired. (Refrigerate cooled soup in an airtight container, up to 3 days.)

Cook's Notes

Emeril says, "In New Orleans, red beans and rice was traditionally a washday dish made every Monday, when folks would do their chores as it simmered away. Today, it's still served weekly in homes and restaurants. My light, brothy version is made even easier (and speedier) with canned beans and converted rice, so you don't have to wait all day for a delicious bowl."


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