red beans, washed well. You can soak them overnight and drain them well. If you do, this will cook in an hour or two instead of overnight.
bone from baked ham. If you don't have a ham bone, slice up some andouille sausage. Or you can leave the meat out and make it vegetarian.
white wine (it can be inexpensive table wine, but don't use "cooking wine.")
onions, chopped fine
cloves garlic, chopped fine
thyme leaves (or 3 to 5 sprigs)
fresh ground pepper
Tabasco or other hot sauce, to taste
cooked white or brown rice
scallions, chopped fine