11 lb. smoked sausage or andouille sausage, cut into slices
1/4teaspoonfreshly cracked black pepper
1/4teaspooncayenne pepperor more (to taste)
3Roma tomatoesdeseeded and chopped
215 oz. cans cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
3-4green onionschopped, optional
Cooking with kids? Involve them by letting them wash and dry the vegetables.
Meanwhile, cook rice according to package instructions for stovetop or microwave cooking. Remove bag from water, empty rice into a bowl and set aside.
Set a large, heavy bottomed pot with a lid to medium heat. Add olive oil. Once hot, add onion, garlic and bell peppers. Cook, letting kids carefully stir every few minutes, until softened and fragrant, about 10 minutes. Add sausage slices; continue to cook and stir, until sausage is warmed through, 2-3 minutes. Kids can stir in salt, pepper and cayenne to season vegetables and sausage. Add tomatoes and beans, stirring gently. Cover pot and reduce heat to simmer. Continue to cook, stirring occasionally, for 20 minutes.
Stir in cooked rice and simmer until warmed through, about 5 minutes. Show your little cook how to add small amounts at a time of water or broth to thin the stew, if desired.
Spoon into individual serving bowls and serve warm. Let your kid top each bowl with chopped green onions, if desired.
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