Italian red beans and rice

Heather Disarro

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The always-loved red beans earn some extra flavor from Italian sausage, while Arborio rice steals the show with its starchy goodness. Change up the weekly dinner menu with this budget-friendly and delicious variation.

Italian red beans and rice

Italian red beans and rice

Serves 6


  • 1 pound Italian sausage
  • 2 (15 ounce) cans red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 3 large tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 bell peppers, sliced
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cups Arborio rice
  • 4 cups water


  1. To make the rice, bring 4 cups of water to a boil and add the Arborio rice.
  2. Bring it back up to a boil, then reduce the heat and cover it and cook for 20 minutes or until the rice is done.
  3. Set it aside. In a large pan with a lid, heat the olive oil over medium heat.
  4. Brown the sausage and break it up with a spoon.
  5. Add in the onions, pepper, garlic and tomatoes and stir to combine.
  6. Stir in the salt, cayenne pepper, black pepper and paprika.
  7. Cover and simmer for 10-15 minutes until the sausage is completely cooked through and the vegetables are tender.
  8. In a small bowl, stir together the cornstarch and chicken stock. Add to the pan and stir it to combine.
  9. Let it simmer for about 5 minutes to thicken.
  10. Serve the sausage mixture with the cooked rice.

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Heather Disarro
Heather is the writer behind the food blog, Heather’s Dish, and the coordinator of the beauty blog, Faces of Beauty. She and her husband live at the base of the Rocky Mountains in the Denver metro area and are constantly active, especially with their two crazy lab mixes Bunker and Keira. They had their first baby, Weston, in March 2012 and have been boundlessly blessed by him every day of his life. You can find more at Heather’s personal blogs, Heather’s Dish and Faces of Beauty or send her a tweet at @heathersdish.