• 1 large onion
  • 2 bell peppers (I used green)
  • 1 bunch of celery
  • Italian Sausage (1lb - I used Hilshire Farms package)
  • 6 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 cans of diced tomatoes
  • 1 large can of crushed tomatoes
  • 1 can of Kidney Beans, drained
  • 1 can Black Beans, rinsed/drained
  • 1 can corn, drained
  • 2 jugs of chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup favorite hot sauce
  • 1 1/2 cup white rice, uncooked
  • 1 Large bag of Large Shrimp, raw

  • First finely dice all your first 3 ingredients (onion, pepper, celery) - this is the 'Holy Trinity'. Set aside.

    Slice the sausage rope into pieces, and put in to the largest stock pot you have, over medium heat. If you have a large dutch oven, use that!  Sausage generally will have enough fat, so you probably won't need to add any oil, but, if you do, feel free to add a couple of tablespoons.  Once the sausage has browned nicely, take them out, leaving the oil behind.

    Add your Holy Trinity to the pot, and saute these until softened, about 10 minutes or so.  Once everything softens, add your crushed garlic cloves, cook for about a minute.

    Return the sausage to the pot, add all the other canned items.  Add the broth, hot sauce and rice, and stir it all together. 

    Turn the heat down to medium-low, and cover.  Keep it at a simmer for for 15 minutes, stirring frequently, then add your shrimp.  If you purchased them with tails, I reccomend you remove them before putting them in the pot.

    Cook for about 10 minutes, or until your shrimp are cooked, and serve.  I always add a little more hot sauce.  But taste yours first, my hubster is not a fan of anything too spicy.