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“Ellen’s favorite dish is red beans and rice, so we make that a lot,” actress Portia de Rossi tells PARADE.

Get the recipe below, and click here to read about how she and Ellen DeGeneres like to spend their weekends. 

Vegan Red Beans and Rice

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups dry basmati rice
  • 2 (15-oz) cans organic kidney beans, rinsed
  • 4 cups "better than bouillon" vegetable broth
  • 2 field roast "apple sausage" or other quality vegan sausage
  • 2 field roast “Italian sausage" or other quality vegan sausage
  • 1 Tbsp high heat oil like grape seed or safflower oil
  • 1 large white onion, medium dice
  • 6 (6-inch) ribs of celery, small dice
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp dry thyme
  • 1 red bell pepper, minced
  • Kosher salt, as needed
  • Freshly ground black pepper, as needed
  • ½ cup thinly sliced green onion

Directions

For basmati rice:

  1. Rinse the rice thoroughly.

  2. In a pot with a good fitting lid, bring the rice and 3 cups of water to a simmer. Reduce the heat to maintain a low-gentle simmer. Cover the rice and cook until the water is absorbed (about 20 minutes).

  3. Remove the pot from the heat and keep the rice covered until needed.

For red beans:

  1. In a blender, puree ¾ of the rinsed beans with the vegetable broth until smooth. Add the remaining beans to the pureed mixture but do not blend.

  2. Cut the sausages in quarters lengthwise then cut them crosswise into ⅛-inch pieces and reserve.

  3. Heat a 4- or 5-quart stew pot over high heat. Add the oil and wait until it shimmers. Add the onions and celery and stir with a wooden spoon until translucent (about 10 minutes).

  4. Add the garlic and cook two minutes more. Add the chopped sausage, chili powder, thyme, bean puree and red peppers and bring it to a simmer. Allow the beans to simmer for 10 to 15 minutes. Stir frequently.

  5. Season the beans with salt and fresh ground black pepper. Serve over basmati rice and garnish with green onions.

Kitchen Counter

Serves 6.

About the Author

Red Beans and Rice recipe from Vegan Cooking for Carnivores: Over 125 Recipes So Tasty You Won’t Miss the Meat by Roberto Martin. Copyright © 2012 by Roberto Martin. Used with permission by Grand Central Publishing. All rights reserved.

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