I love this Red Beans mix! All you have to do is add a ham shank , smoked sausage, and water or Chicken Broth. I use unsalted Chicken broth and water and it is always so good. It is a little salty so unsalted Chicken Broth works best. It cooks u[ in about 3 hours and is perfect when I don't have time to cut up trinity and saute it.