Red Beans and Rice
with green beans
Red beans and rice is budget friendly and quick to put together on a busy weeknight! Served with a flavorful tomato sauce and green beans on the side, this meal has everything you need for a little midweek pick-me-up.
Smarts: This recipe makes enough tomato sauce for Thursday night's calzones.
- Onions, medium - 1, diced
- Bell peppers, red - 1, diced
- Garlic - 4 cloves, chopped
- Thyme leaves - 1 tsp, leaves torn
- Oil, olive - 1 Tbsp
- Paprika - 1/2 tsp
- Tomatoes, crushed (28 oz / 794 g) - 1 can
- Beans, pinto (14 oz / 397 g) - 2 cans, drained and rinsed
- Tomato Sauce with Garlic and Thyme (ingredients listed separately) - ~2 cups
- Cooked rice (leftover from Monday) - ~2 cups
- Green beans, fresh or frozen - 1 lb, chopped into 1” / 2.5 cm pieces
- Butter - 1 Tbsp
- Green beans / Onions / Bell peppers / Garlic / Thyme - Prep as directed. Store green beans in one container. Combine onions and bell peppers in another container. Combine garlic and thyme in a third container. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
- Make tomato sauce - (This makes enough for Thursday’s meal. If prepping right before cooking, get water for green beans boiling before continuing with prep.) Heat a saucepan with olive oil over medium heat. Add onions and bell peppers and saute until soft, 3 to 4 minutes. Add garlic, thyme, and paprika and saute for 1 minute. Pour tomatoes over top and simmer for 5 minutes. Season with some salt and pepper. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
- Beans - Drain and rinse beans.
- Bring a large stock pot of salted water to a boil.
- While water is coming to a boil, combine pinto beans and tomato sauce (reserve half for Thursday) in a large skillet. Place skillet over medium heat and cover. Simmer beans and sauce for 10 minutes to let the flavors come together.
- Once water in the stock pot comes to a boil add green beans and simmer until tender, 4 to 6 minutes. Drain.
- Return to beans and sauce. Gently mash some of the beans with a fork or spatula. (Note: Mashing some of the beans will give the dish a creamier texture.) Season with some salt and pepper. Stir in some hot sauce if you’d like the beans spicy.
- Toss green beans with butter. Season with some salt and pepper.
- Reheat leftover rice in the microwave.
- Serve red beans / sauce over rice. Enjoy green beans on the side.
Meatballs tasted a bit bland to me. Used Trader Joe’s tiny potatoes which turned out great but again a bit bland.0 Helpful
Liked this a lot. I didn’t think the meatballs and sauce would fit in my skillet, so I made the sauce in my Dutch oven and transferred the meatballs to the sauce after browning them. I like my meatballs extra brown; I think this helped keep them together in the sauce. I did have a lot of loose (burnt) rice in the skillet, but his wasn’t a big deal since I wasn’t adding the sauce to that pan. To simplify things, I skipped the potatoes and steamed green beans in the microwave. Still very satisfying.0 Helpful
Fine but not fantastic. Tried to make it a bean sauce instead of tomato based and it was a bit dry. Added some potatoes into the cauliflower/bean mix because my family loves them...0 Helpful
This is one of those meals that I thought was good the first time around but thought the leftovers were great. I think the longer the meatballs sit in the sauce, the better they are. I really like the side too. It's simple but great.0 Helpful
I really liked this, and I was able to prep it during the day so it came together easily. Plus, my 1 year old ate all of it, even the green beans!0 Helpful
The meatballs did come apart during the process. Maybe adding more panko next time to firm them up a little more. Otherwise great dish!0 Helpful