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Red Beans & Rice Soul Food Recipe

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8 servings, 1-1/2 cups each

Make any occasion special with this savory soul food recipe. We love this Red Beans & Rice Soul Food Recipe, with Cajun seasoning and smoked ham hock.

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  • Rinse and pick through beans, discarding any misshapen beans or debris. Place beans in large bowl. Add enough water to cover beans by at least 2 inches. Let stand overnight.
  • Drain beans, discarding soaking liquid; set beans aside. Cook bacon in Dutch oven or deep large skillet until crisp. Remove bacon from pan with slotted spoon, reserving 2 Tbsp. drippings in pan. Drain bacon on paper towels. Meanwhile, add onions, peppers and garlic to reserved drippings; cook and stir 5 min. or until crisp-tender.
  • Return bacon to pan with beans, ham hock, broth, 2 Tbsp. parsley, bay leaf and seasonings. Bring to boil; simmer on low heat 2 to 2-1/2 hours or until beans are tender and liquid is thickened, stirring occasionally. Meanwhile, cook rice as directed on package during the last 30 min. of the bean cooking time.
  • Remove ham hock and bay leaf; discard bay leaf. Shred meat from ham hock; discard bone and any fat. Stir meat into bean mixture. Serve over rice; top with remaining parsley.

Special Equipment Needed

Popcorn Choking Hazard

This recipe is made with ingredients that contain no labeled sources of gluten. However, if your personal dietary goal is to strictly avoid gluten, be vigilant. Always read ingredient statements on food labels for the most current and accurate information for every recipe ingredient. And when working in the kitchen, use gluten-free preparation methods and utensils. For individualized advice, check with a certified health professional or credible source. Click here for more information.


Cool any leftovers, then refrigerate up to 3 days or freeze up to 3 months. Reheat before serving.

Special Extra

Serve with hot pepper sauce on the side.


If too much liquid cooks off from the beans, add up to 1 cup additional water to prevent the beans from sticking to the bottom of the pan.


  • 8 servings, 1-1/2 cups each

Nutritional Information

Serving Size 8 servings, 1-1/2 cups each
Calories 510
Total fat 9g
Saturated fat 3.5g
Cholesterol 40mg
Sodium 1050mg
Carbohydrate 77g
Dietary fiber 16g
Sugars 4g
Protein 30g
% Daily Value
Vitamin A 8 %DV
Vitamin C 35 %DV
Calcium 10 %DV
Iron 40 %DV

* Nutrition information is estimated based on the ingredients and cooking instructions as described in each recipe and is intended to be used for informational purposes only. Please note that nutrition details may vary based on methods of preparation, origin and freshness of ingredients used.

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