1 can (16 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
1-1/4 cups uncooked converted rice
1/3 cup tomato paste
1 bay leaf
1-1/2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Hot pepper sauce, optional
In a Dutch oven, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add celery, onion and green pepper; cook and stir until crisp-tender, 3-4 minutes. Add sausage; cook until browned, 2-3 minutes.
Stir in broth, beans, rice, tomato paste, bay leaf, Cajun seasoning and cayenne pepper. Bring to a boil; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, until rice is tender and liquid is absorbed, 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Discard bay leaf. If desired, serve with pepper sauce.