Layer the sausage on the bottom of the pot and put the lid on it. I have ten in here because my daughter is having her boyfriend over for dinner. I always thought my girls were good eaters, but now that two of them have boyfriends, I see that boys can really put it away. You can just layer the pot with the 5-6 sausages. Unless, of corse, you have boys.
After about 5-10 minutes you flip the sausage. Put the lid back on the pot.
Now we will start layering the rest of the ingredients. Don’t worry if the sausage isn’t cooked through. It will be cooking for another hour or so. Add the can of kidney beans. Do not drain them, just pour them in, juices and all.
Put a lid on the pot and cook until everything is simmering. Once it starts to simmer, reduce the temperature your lowest temperature. Cook for at least 40 minutes. This dish is very flexible. You can let it simmer for up to 2 hours, but much longer turns the rice to mush.
I serve this on its own, and I sometimes offer a nice slice of bread with it. You can make this dish with chicken as well. I use boneless, skinless chicken thighs. You cook them up the same way as the sausage. My girls prefer the sausage, and it is usually cheaper.