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This is a recipe I used to cook all the time, back in the days when I had time. It's easy and quick and yummy, too. You can also substitue the ham and sausages for meat or poultry, or even more vegetables. Hope you enjoy!


  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, peeled and diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, seeded and diced
  • 2 celery stalks, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped fine
  • 2 cans red kidney beans, drained
  • 1/2 cup diced ham (optional)
  • 1 cup chicken or vegetable stock
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Pinch of dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper (or to taste)
  • salt and black pepper to taste
  • red pepper sauce to taste
  • 2 smoked Andouille sauseges browned and sliced into coins (optional)


  • n a medium sized heavy pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion, bell pepper, celary and garlic. Cook the vegetables until soft, stirring occasionally (about 10 minutes).
  • Add the beans, ham, (if using) stock, herbs and spices and simmer for 30 minutes. Add salt and pepper sauce and adjust seasonings. With a potato masher, smash the beans so you have a thicker mixture with some whole beans remaining.
  • Serve over plain white rice topped with Andouille sausage, if that's your thing. :)

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