Red beans and rice is simple, fast and good. Use a good hot sauce, use more seasoning than you think you’ll need. This recipe scales well - 2 or 3 cups of beans will fill most normal pressure cookers.


  • 2 cups of red beans
  • 1 large onion
  • 1 head garlic
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 cup chopped carrots
  • 1 14.5 oz can of diced tomatoes
  • 2 tsp hot sauce
  • 2 or 3 bay leaves
  • 1 smoked ham hock or 3 strips of bacon or 1 can of (gasp!) spam, etc
  • 4 cups of water
  • 1/2 lb of andouille or other smoked sausage
  • salt to taste (around 1 or 2 Tbsp)


  1. Rinse the beans, and let them soak while you do the other prep.
  2. Chop the onion and garlic. Saute in olive oil until fragrant. Add the carrots, tomatoes, hot sauce, and bay leaf. Cook for 2 or 3 minutes. Add the ham hock, beans, water.
  3. Bring pressure cooker to high pressure, cook for 20 minutes. Release pressure via “natural release”. If beans are still hard, cook another 5 minutes.
  4. Add sausage, salt and pepper. Cook with cover off until desired thickness is reached, about 5 to 10 minutes.
  5. Serve over white rice.