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New Orleans Red Beans

Enjoy this cholesterol-free and virtually fat-free take on a very tasty New Orleans tradition!

Recipe Source: Stay Young At Heart
Prep time Cook time Yields Serving Size
10 minutes 2 hours 20 minutes 8 servings 1¼ C


1 lb dry red beans

8 C (2 quarts) water

1½ C chopped onion

1 C chopped celery

4 bay leaves

1 C chopped green pepper

3 Tbsp chopped garlic

3 Tbsp chopped parsley

2 tsp dried thyme, crushed

1 tsp salt

1 tsp ground black pepper

calories 171
Total fat 0 g
Saturated fat 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 285 mg
Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.


  • 1
    Pick through beans to remove bad beans; rinse thoroughly.

  • 2
    In a large pot combine the beans, water, onion, celery, and bay leaves. Bring to a boil; reduce heat. Cover and cook over low heat for about 1½ hours or until beans are tender. Stir. Use a spoon to mash the beans against the side of the pot.

  • 3
    Add green pepper, garlic, parsley, thyme, salt, and black pepper. Cook, uncovered, over low heat until creamy, about 30 minutes. Remove bay leaves.

  • 4
    Serve with hot cooked brown rice, if desired.

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