Creole Red Beans and Rice

1 lb. dried red beans
2 lge onions, chopped
2 stalks celery, chopped
1 green pepper, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 tsp. thyme
1/4 tsp. basil
1/4 to 1/2 tsp. red pepper
2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley (optional)
2 lbs. smoked sausage
Hot cooked rice

Sort and wash beans. Combine red beans, onion, celery, green pepper, garlic, thyme, basil and red pepper in a Dutch oven; cover with water and bring to a boil. Reduce flame; cover and simmer 2 to 3-1/2 hours or until beans are tender and a thick gravy is formed. Add more water, if necessary. Stir in salt, pepper and parsley. Cook sausage according to package directions; cut into serving pieces. Serve beans and sausage over rice.

Serves 8

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Cajun Country -- New Iberia, Louisiana