- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/2 cup diced bacon
- 1 1/2 cups chopped yellow onions
- 1/4 cup chopped green bell peppers
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- 4 bay leaves
- 8 ounces andouille, cut crosswise into 1/4-inch slices
- 1 small (5 to 6 ounce) smoked ham hock
- 2 cups dried red kidney beans, soaked overnight
- 1 tablespoon Essence 
- 2 quarts chicken stock
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 3 tablespoons chopped parsley
- 3 tablespoons Sherry
- 1 1/2 cups cooked long-grain white rice, warm
- 6 tablespoons chopped green onions
- Heat the oil in a large heavy pot over high heat. Add the bacon and saute for 2 minutes. Add the onions, bell peppers, garlic, bay leaves, andouille, and ham hock and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes.
- Add the beans and cook for 2 minutes. Add the Essence and stock, stir well, and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium and cook for 1 1/2 hours, until beans are tender, stirring occasionally. Add the salt and parsley, cover the pot, and cook for 15 minutes. Discard the ham hock and bay leaves. Remove 1 cup of beans from the pot and reserve.
- With a hand-held immersion blender, or in batches in a food processor, puree the red beans. Add the Sherry and reserved beans, and stir well.
- To serve, ladle a generous cup of the soup into each of 6 bowls. Top each serving with 1/4 cup of the rice and 1 tablespoon of green onions.