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Red Beans and Rice
with green beans

Active: 35 min Total: 35 min
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.
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Ingredients

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Servings:
4
Tomato Sauce with Garlic and Thyme:
  • 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
Red Beans and Rice:
  • 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
Boiled Green Beans:
  • Green beans, fresh or frozen - 1 lb, chopped into 1” / 2.5 cm pieces
  • Butter - 1 Tbsp

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Prep

  1. 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)
  2. 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)
  3. Beans - Drain and rinse beans.

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Make

  1. Bring a large stock pot of salted water to a boil.
  2. 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.
  3. Once water in the stock pot comes to a boil add green beans and simmer until tender, 4 to 6 minutes. Drain.
  4. 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.
  5. Toss green beans with butter. Season with some salt and pepper.
  6. Reheat leftover rice in the microwave.
  7. Serve red beans / sauce over rice. Enjoy green beans on the side.

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Reviews

Ratings

Original (57)
Gluten-free (5)
Paleo (8)
Vegetarian (5)

41 reviews

I liked this dish and my husband said it was his favorite of all time. We did end up just using store bought sauce for this to make it easier.

By: Sara
Posted: Mar 18, 2021
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

It was ok. Not my favorite but pretty good.

By: Julia
Posted: Sep 17, 2020
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

It’s ok but used a million pots and pans. I didn’t see that it was a dependent meal so I had to make rice fresh. We like a sweeter sauce.

By: Diane
Posted: Sep 03, 2020
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Loved the meatballs, and really love the method of cooking the potatoes & green beans! So simple!

By: Elissa
Posted: Apr 02, 2020
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Fairly easy, but I highly recommend either prepping by making the sauce ahead or use jarred sauce.

By: Eric
Posted: Jan 15, 2019
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Easy and yummy. I love the rice in the meatballs.

By: Davia
Posted: Jan 09, 2019
Diet: Original
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