Finally break down and buy an instant pot? Now it’s time to put it to the test. Can it make red beans as good as your mama’s? Only time will tell. And it won’t be that much time at that!
Fill a large saucepan with 3 cups of water and cook rice according to package instructions; set aside.
Set a 6-quart Instant Pot® to the high sauté setting. Add olive oil and sausage. Cook, stirring frequently, until sausage is lightly browned, about 3-4 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate. Set aside.
Add garlic, onion, bell pepper and celery. Cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 2-3 minutes.
Stir in sausage, red beans, Cajun seasoning, oregano, basil, sage, thyme, bay leaves and vegetable broth; season with salt and pepper, to taste.
Select manual setting, adjust pressure to high, and set time for 30-35 minutes. When finished cooking, release pressure naturally according to manufacturer’s directions, about 20-30 minutes.
Serve immediately with rice and hot sauce, garnished with green onions, if desired.
Note: *If the beans are not soft after 30-35 minutes of high-pressure cooking and 20-30 minutes of naturally releasing pressure, you can simply re-secure the lid, seal the vent, and cook for an additional 20 minutes at high pressure.
Red beans and rice is a traditional Monday meal in Louisiana. The story is an often repeated one and goes something like this: Once upon a time, Monday was wash day and, before the days of front loaders and cute little detergent pods, doing laundry was an all-day job. To make sure the family would get fed that night, mama would soak her beans the night before and then put them on the stove on low where they’d simmered the day away and be ready by the time daddy got home. Today red beans are still devoured by most New Orleanians on Mondays because 1. they’re inexpensive and 2. they’re absolutely the best thing since sliced French bread. We just love them down here and can’t figure how come the rest of the world hasn’t caught on to this tradition. This recipe serves X-X.
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