Our family version of the classic Monday dish in New Orleans. Historically, Monday was laundry day and, before modern washers, women needed a meal that could simmer on a low fire al day with minimal attention. The need is gone, but the tradition survives. To this day no self respecting neighborhood New Orleans restaurant would leave this off their Monday specials! Our family version kept the recipe simple which allows the flavor of the beans to come through. If you like you can also add garlic and bell pepper to the recipe. You can substitute andouille sausage, ham, or pickled meat for the smoked sausage if you prefer. In our house we serve it over a medium grain steamed rice, but this works with most rices.