Red Bean and Sausage Soup

When it’s cold outside, grab a bowl and spoon to dig into this hearty Red bean and Sausage Soup, a delicious, economical meal that feeds the whole family.  Like Cajun red beans and rice in soup form. This recipe makes a big pot of red bean soup that everyone will love.

soaking the red beans until they plump.

Why you’ll love this Louisiana red bean soup

  • This Red bean and sausage soup is is full of Louisiana flavors.
  • It’s simple and rustic, plus the recipe makes enough to feed a crowd.  
  • It’s also economical, because it starts with dried beans, which usually hover in the $1-2 dollar per pound range.  Of course, one pound of dried beans, yields a whole lot more after they’ve been soaked.  
  • It’s cheaper than buying a ticket to the Big Easy.

In fact, a pot of beans can easily feed a family of four and when you add in a few more ingredients — it feeds them well.  Even if you’re only cooking for one or two, this makes sense, because you can eat on this pot of cajun red beans and rice all week.  It’s great for lunches or quick dinners and it freezes beautifully.

onions, bell pepper, garlic and bay leaves.

Ingredients for red bean soup:

Creole seasoning in a bowl.

How to make red bean soup with sausage

  1. Soak the red beans in fresh water overnight until they are rehydrated. ( I prefer soaking overnight, but you can also do the quick soak method in a pinch or use your pressure cooker or Insta Pot to deliver tender beans in no time.)The soaked beans will double or triple in volume, so you can see how they’re a great option for feeding families on a budget.
  2. Cook the bacon in a dutch oven or heavy pot until crisp. Remove the bacon to a separate plate lined with paper towels.
  3. Sauté the onions, bell pepper garlic and bay leaves in the hot bacon fat until tender and slightly translucent.
  4. Add the andouille sausage and cook, stirring for 2-3 minutes.
  5. Add the rehydrated red beans to the pot.
  6. Stir in the Creole or Cajun seasoning, worcestershire sauce, thyme and chicken stock and bring to a boil.
  7. Reduce heat and simmer for about an hour.
  8. Season with salt and simmer for an additional 15 minutes until the beans are tender.
  9. Serve with a scoop of cooked rice.

What’s the best sausage to use for red bean soup?

Andouille sausage is the most authentic sausage to use for this classic New Orleans red bean soup recipe.

Though andouille is traditionally a French sausage, it’s also synonymous with Louisiana’s Cajun and Creole recipes. La Place, Louisiana is known as the Andouille Capitol of the World, known for it’s Cajun andouille.

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If you can’t find andouille, substitute it with a spicy smoked sausage like kielbasa…

a pot of red bean soup with andouille sausage.
How good does this red bean soup look?

It’s a brothy red bean soup

This isn’t a thick stew-like soup — which is a bit of a departure from my usual bean soups, but it works here because we’re adding cooked rice to the beans just before serving.

The scoop of steamed rice will add body and heft to the spicy broth and the deep Louisiana Cajun flavors are irresistible.


Cooking rice might not seem like a big deal, but if you don’t have a rice cooker (I don’t ) and you’ve had your pot boil over more times than you can count (I have), than you’ll appreciate this tip on cooking rice — and most grains…

How to cook perfect rice on the stove every time

  1. Fill a large saucepan about halfway with water and bring it to a boil.
  2. Add a pinch of salt, then stir in 1 cup of rice (or other grains).
  3. Maintain heat at a rapid simmer and cook for 4-5 minutes less than the prescribed time on the package.  
  4. Test a grain for doneness. If it’s ok, proceed, if it needs another minute or two — continue to cook.
  5. Drain the rice (grains) into a sieve, making sure to drain as much water as possible.
  6. Transfer the rice back to the pot and secure with a lid.  Let the rice rest (off the heat) for 10 minutes.
  7. Fluff with a fork.
  8. Voila – perfectly steamed!
a bowl of red bean soup with rice and hot sauce.
Serve this spicy red bean soup with a spoonful of steamed rice and your favorite hot sauce.

Spoon the rice over the bowls of sausage and bean soup and garnish with sliced green onions and a liberal dose of hot sauce to taste. I recommend Crystal hot sauce – it’s got that Louisiana twang!

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a bowl of Louisiana sausage and red bean soup.
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Sausage and Red Bean Soup

This soup has a spicy Louisiana flare that’s perfect on a cold day! Makes a large pot to feed the whole family with leftovers! Try it for Mardi Gras or anytime you’re craving some New Orleans flavors.
Author: Lisa Lotts
Course Main Course, Soup
Cuisine American
Keyword andouille, bean soup, cajun, red bean
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 50 minutes
Servings 8


For Red Bean Soup:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 strips bacon chopped
  • ½ medium green bell pepper chopped
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 3 large cloves garlic minced
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 12 ounces andouille sausage sliced into 1/2″ thick rounds
  • 1 pound dried small red beans covered with water and soaked overnight
  • 1 tablespoon Creole Seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon worcestershire
  • 5-6 stems thyme tied in a bundle
  • 8 cups chicken stock from rotisserie chicken or low-sodium broth
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

For Garnish:

  • 2 cups cooked white rice warm
  • 3 green onions chopped
  • favorite hot sauce we like Crystal’s


Make the Cajun Seasoning:

  • In a small bowl, combine the paprika, salt, garlic powder, pepper, onion powder, cayenne pepper and oregano, stir and set aside.

For the soup.

  • Drain the rehydrated red beans. Rinse and drain again.  Set aside.
  • In a large dutch oven, heat the olive oil over medium high heat.  Add the bacon and stir, cooking for two minutes to render the fat and become fragrant.  Stir in the onions, green pepper, garlic and bay leaves cook for an additional 2-3 minutes until the vegetables start to get tender.  Add the andouille sausage and stir, cooking an additional 2-3 minutes. Stir in the red kidney beans.
  • Add one tablespoon of the Cajun seasoning (reserve the remainder for another use), worcestershire sauce and bundle of thyme.  Stir in the chicken stock and heat to boiling.  Reduce heat to a simmer and cook for 1 hour, or until beans are almost  tender.
  • Add salt to the soup and continue cooking an additional 15 minutes or until the beans are tender.
  • Ladle the soup into bowls and garnish with a few tablespoons cooked rice, scallions and hot sauce to taste.


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Serve with a side of cornbread and a green salad for a delicious meal.


Calories: 487kcal | Carbohydrates: 54g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 39mg | Sodium: 1669mg | Potassium: 1236mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 715IU | Vitamin C: 12.6mg | Calcium: 92mg | Iron: 5.8mg

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  1. Thomas Mulrenin says:

    Uh, the “holy Trinity” is NOT onion pepper and garlic, it’s onion, pepper, and celery. Please don’t make this mistake ever again or I will find you.

      1. How would I do this in th instant pot

        1. Soak the beans overnight as instructed, rinse and drain them. Follow the instructions in steps 2 and 3, but do them in the Instant Pot set to “sauté”. Soaked red beans can cook in about 15 minutes in the Instant Pot, so set the Pressure to High and cook for 15 minutes. Let the pressure reduce naturally for 10 minutes, then hit the quick release. After you hit the quick release, season with the salt and set the Instant Pot to sauté again… This will simmer the soup and help to thicken it a bit. Serve with rice.

    1. Everyone knows that the “holy trinity” is Onion, Celery & Carrots! So go find me!

  2. 5 stars
    Cajun seasonings are my favorite as they add so much flavor and slight spice to a dish. I like to make mine at home so I can control the ingredients too! I’ve never put it on eggs before, but now you have me curious! This soup looks hearty and delicious and the perfect comfort food meal.

  3. 5 stars
    I love bold, hearty soups like these. They’re so satisfying and comforting. I actually just picked up some andouille sausage yesterday, and I now know what I’m going to make with it. Can’t wait to smell the aromas of those cajun spices coming out of my kitchen!

  4. 5 stars
    I can almost smell the flavors of this hearty soup Lisa! I had a store bought Cajun spice mix and didn’t like it that much, I will make yours from now on. Your soup goes right on top of my meal plan, pinned it!

  5. 5 stars
    Oh goodness Lisa. I can just tell that this soup is savory and salty perfection. I don’t think I’ve ever put sausage in soup before, and now I’m wondering why I never had. You’ve cooked it perfectly! It’s a rainy day here, and a soup like this would be the perfect thing.

  6. 5 stars
    I have to admit that I don’t cook rice on the stove, so I am someone who could use those tips. 🙂 Beans, however, I love to cook. They are great for stretching a food dollar and satisfying too! That looks like a great soup and perfect for the chilly weather we are having here right now.

  7. 5 stars
    Big flavors and economical – I’m in! I crave soups all winter long and some are even so good that I want them in the summer, too! This one, I think those big Cajun flavors would be great with some summer beers!! Mmmm, pinning this on my Must Make board!~

  8. 5 stars
    I am putting this soup on the meal plan ASAP. I am always looking for budget friendly recipes that are naturally gluten free. This checks all of those boxes. Plus, we love anything with Cajun flavor and this soup looks so simple and easy to put together. Thank you for your tip on cooking the rice. I always have problems with rice and I will be trying this next time.

  9. 5 stars
    Your idea for making cajun seasoning ahead of time so that you always have it on hand is brilliant! I’m going to do that, I love that flavor combo. This recipe looks so hearty and delicious, and you can feed a crowd too. There aren’t many recipes out there that are this good, can feed a crowd and not cost a fortune. This is definitely on of those. Saving this, especially for when family comes in for a visit. Thanks Lisa!

  10. 5 stars
    I so need this to warm up with! It’s so chilly here right now, and a hearty soup would fit the bill during these chilly evenings. I can’t wait to try this one out!

  11. 5 stars
    Adding that spice combo to my morning eggs is so happening! I’ve made beans a lot of different ways and I’ll admit that I’m a bit impatient and hands off so an instant pot or a slow cooker are my favorite ways of cooking them. I snag a bag of them each summer at the farmer’s market and let me tell you how many beans 22 dry pounds comes out to be!

  12. What r the directions for soaking the beans? Ratio of water to beans? Covered or not? Refridgeration or not? Thank u

    1. Put the beans in a heavy pot or dutch oven. Fill the pot with water so that the level of the water is about 1″ above the beans — leave them on the counter overnight. Covered or uncovered, it doesn’t matter because you’ll drain the water the next day and use fresh water to cook the beans.

  13. 5 stars
    Homemade soup is the best. Something you cannot get out of a can. Love the beans in the delicious sounding recipe. The perfect bowl of comfort food. I would make a huge batch and put some in the freezer for another time (if I didn’t eat it all before that).

  14. 5 stars
    I’m so bad about buying pre-cooked, canned beans! I really need to buy dried beans and cook them myself. If only I could plan ahead! You’ve inspired me- I’ll try and cook beans this week Lisa!

  15. 5 stars
    What a comforting soup! Like the fact that you used home cooked red beans makes a big difference in taste yummy!

  16. 5 stars
    I can tell just from the photos that this has so much flavor! Making asap!

  17. 5 stars
    This soup looks so comforting, delicious and warming – perfect on cold winter days! Can’t wait for the weather here to become a little more winter-y (as now we’re in March and I’m wearing shorts – for crying out loud 🙁 – so that I can try this delicious recipe!

    1. If it makes you feel any better – we have the A/C on, but the colder air is coming tonight!

  18. This soup is the ultimate spicy comfort food The addition of the rice to bulk it up makes it extra hearty.

  19. 5 stars
    I succumbed to the Freshman 20 as well…and now, later in life, the Food Blogger 20. 🙂 It’s so easy to do! This soup looks so hearty and satisfying. Perfect for a rainy day like today when I’ll be shooting videos all day and need something warming when I’m done!