This is my husband's favorite comfort food. Our first home was near New Orleans, LA, and we loved the food there. Over our 33 years or marriage, I have adapted several recipes for red beans and rice, hoping to keep the authentic taste, and this became our favorite. A friend from LA taught me to remove some of the beans and juices just before serving, mash them, and pour back into the pot for a thicker mixture if desired. It is awesome! It's a no-fuss recipe, and a crowd pleaser as well. This can easily be adapted to your own taste.