Gluten Free Red Beans and Rice Soup

Gluten Free Red Beans and Rice Soup Recipe

While hurricane Irene has been swirling around the Atlantic, hurricane Carol was brewing at our house. I had a bad day yesterday and when I have a bad day, those around me tend to have a bad day too. Funny how that happens.

Fortunately, hurricane Carol petered-out without leaving too much damage and debris in her wake. Let’s hope the same can be said for the Eastern Seaboard after Irene hits this weekend.

The thing about hurricane season here on the Gulf of Mexico is that while the days can be dark and stormy it is still really hot outside. Which poses a dinner dilemma – when it is dark and stormy out and comfort-food is called for but heating up the house is not a great option – what do you make for dinner?

This is a perfect time to pull out the slow cooker. I love the fact that I can have something cooking away, wafting homey, comforting scents into the air, that doesn’t make my air conditioner work overtime.

Ever since Katrina I can’t go into hurricane season without thinking of New Orleans. This hearty, stick to your ribs, gluten free recipe is my homage to New Orleans – Red Beans and Rice Soup.

I love this recipe because it is so packed with flavor, so robust and yet so simple. To make it really easy I started off with a bag of Hurst Family Harvest Bayou Cajun Red Bean Soup mix which has the gluten free seasonings all ready in the mix!

You can make this recipe on the stove top, just simmer the soup for about 2 hours, but I like to prepare everything the night before, while I am already cooking dinner that night and throw it all in the slow cooker in the morning. This was a strategy I employed when my kids were younger, whenever possible I would try to make more than one dinner at a time. Such a great time saver especially at a time when families are adjusting to the kids going back to school and busier schedules.

So here’s hoping that Irene calms down and acts more like Carol than Katrina.

Oh, and if you happen to be in need of a new slow cooker, hop over here and enter to win one!

Gluten Free Recipe Red Beans and Rice Soup

5 from 1 vote
Gluten Free Red Beans and Rice Soup
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Gluten Free Red Beans and Rice Soup Recipe

Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time8 hrs 30 mins
Total Time8 hrs 35 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 10 Servings
Calories: 287kcal
Author: Gluten Free & More


  • 1 package Hurst Family Harvest Bayou Cajun Red Bean Soup
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound andouille sausage - (omit for vegan and vegetarian), sliced
  • 1 medium onion - chopped
  • 2 large carrots - thickly sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic - minced
  • Kosher salt and pepper
  • 1 cup rice
  • 4 cups gluten free chicken or vegetable stock
  • 3 cups water
  • 3 green onions - sliced


  • The night before you plan to serve this soup, pour the beans into a large saucepan, cover with water and bring to a boil, lower the heat and simmer for 30 minutes. Reserve the seasoning packet for later. Let the beans cool in the water and then refrigerate overnight. Drain the beans and rinse. Put into a slow cooker along with the reserved seasoning packet.
  • Heat a large skillet over medium heat and add the sliced sausage, onions and carrots. Cook until everything starts to brown, about 10 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Season with salt and pepper. (Can be made up to this point the night before, put in an airtight container and refrigerate.) Put in slow cooker with the beans and add the rice, stock and water. Stir everything to combine. Cook on low for 8 – 10 hours. Garnish soup with green onions.


Nutrition Facts
Gluten Free Red Beans and Rice Soup Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 287 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 4g20%
Cholesterol 38mg13%
Sodium 797mg33%
Potassium 339mg10%
Carbohydrates 25g8%
Fiber 3g12%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 13g26%
Vitamin A 2293IU46%
Vitamin C 3mg4%
Calcium 32mg3%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Tags: Beans Comfort Food Dairy Free Dinner Easy New Orleans Rice Slow Cooker Southern
  1. August 26, 2011

    Looks so warm and comforting…perfect if a storm comes. I live on the Gulf of Mexico too, praying everyday that we don’t get any hurricanes this year!

    1. August 27, 2011

      I hear you Melanie! I am hoping for an uneventful hurricane season this year.

  2. August 26, 2011

    Looks amazing, Carol! I really must get myself a slow cooker. . .so many of the recipes I want to try use it! And how convenient that there is a giveaway in progress–!! Hope you’re keeping safe. :)

    1. August 27, 2011

      Yes you must get a slow cooker! I love mine. In fact I have had my slow cooker for soooo long (got it as a wedding present a million years ago) I can’t imagine living without one! Go over there and enter to win one and good luck!

  3. August 27, 2011

    I love this soup – and I love your make two dinners tip! Thanks Carol, I am definitely going to use that one. Glad to hear you calmed down :)

    1. August 27, 2011

      Thanks Maggie. My hubby is glad I calmed down too :)

  4. What a tender homage, and what could be better comfort food than something warm that cooks all day by one of my favorite people? Thanks for sharing.

    1. August 27, 2011

      Ah Heather! That’s the sweetest comment ever! Thank you. xo, c

  5. Donna
    August 27, 2011

    I hope you stay safe and dry this weekend!

    1. August 27, 2011

      Thanks Donna. I think the north is going to get the brunt of it, holding good thoughts for them!

  6. August 28, 2011

    Great idea to cook two meals at once. I hope the storms keep away from your neck of the woods too. We have our share of storms this year here too.

  7. August 28, 2011

    Hello Carol, I make lots of red beans and rice down here in Louisiana. I hope that you enjoyed yours!
    I hope to meet you at the GF Expo in Dallas!
    Praying for no hurricanes this year!!
    Jeanie (Jeanene)

    1. August 28, 2011

      I’ll be there and I hope to meet you too! I’m with you on those no hurricane prayers!

  8. August 28, 2011

    Delicious dish and sweet thoughts, Carol. So glad that both Hurricane Carol and Hurricane Irene are behind us now! Tropical Storm Jose has formed just below Bermuda (how ironic is that?), but will pass by later today … well before we fly there on Tuesday. Thank goodness! Hopefully there will be no damage to Bermuda.


    1. August 28, 2011

      Haha, me too Shirley!

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  10. Laura
    August 29, 2011

    Mmmm…meaty and bean-y, this could go over well with the family! Couple questions about the bean packet – can you find them in stores, or do you need to order online? What’s the spicy-ness scale of the packet (hubby’s tender-stomached…)? Thanks!

    1. August 31, 2011

      Hi Laura,

      I get the beans in my normal grocery store. They are not hot spicy, my hubby has a tender mouth and tummy too. They are flavorful with out the hea, you can always add more heat for those who like with red pepper flakes and hot sauce!

      1. Laura
        August 31, 2011

        I was just at my local publix, and there were a bunch of Hurst beans on the clearance rack!! Great for me, because they had a red beans one for $1.50. But bummer because they won’t be carrying them anymore. Will try the soup soon!!

        1. August 31, 2011

          Yay! That’s even better!

  11. August 29, 2011

    What a great soup. I would love it!

    1. August 31, 2011

      Thank you Helene!

  12. August 31, 2011

    There is a new GF cookbook out there that is a great read….”In the Land of Misfits, Pirates and Cooks” is a GF cookbook with a Caribbean twist. It is available at Barnes and Noble stores and Amazon dot com.

  13. Shannon
    September 7, 2011

    is the time correct? I put my crockpot on for 8.5 hours and then it warmed for another 1.5. The rice was pretty overcooked. Any ideas?I love your recipes, this one just didn’t work out so well for me.

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