In a medium pot, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the sausage, onion and bell pepper and cook, stirring frequently, until the vegetables are softened, 3 to 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Add the beans, chicken broth, cumin, thyme, bay leaf, and pepper to taste and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce the heat to medium low and simmer for 10 minutes.
Serve the beans over the rice and top with the scallions.
Photograph by Kat Teutsch
Recipe courtesy Bobby Deen for Food Network Magazine