Easy Smoked Sausage and Rice Skillet is an easy, family loved, main dish packed with tons of flavor that is ready in just 30 minutes. It’s the perfect weeknight meal when need to get dinner on the table fast.
The first time I made this Easy Smoked Sausage and Rice Skillet I wasn’t all that sold on it. It was good, but I thought it had the potential to be a lot better. I spent a little time in the kitchen adding some ingredients and a couple spices. After a few tries my husband gave me the thumbs up I knew it was perfect.
I always keep a package of smoked sausage on hand because it is so versatile. Not only can you use it in a rice dish like this one or in this recipe for Easy Red Beans and Rice but it can also be a great accompaniment for pasta like in this recipe for Spicy Sausage and Penne Pasta. Another great reason to keep Smoked Sausage in the fridge or freezer is that it is inexpensive. Let’s face it nothing is better than inexpensive and delicious!
What is the difference between smoked sausage and kielbasa?
Smoked sausage can be made from several types of ground meat; like pork, turkey or beef. These sausages can also be made from a combination of any of these meats. Kielbasa or Polish Kielbasa is also a smoked sausage but is typically made from ground pork.
For this recipe you can use just about any kind of smoked sausage you’d like. Use smoked turkey or turkey kielbasa for a healthier twist on this recipe.
To make this recipe you will need:
- smoked sausage
- mozzarella cheese
- rice (white or brown)
- red bell pepper
- olive oil
- tomato sauce
- chicken broth
- red pepper flakes
- salt and pepper
How to make Smoked Sausage and Rice in a skillet:
This dish is really, really easy to make. Begin by preparing white or brown rice according to package directions. While the rice is cooking thinly slice a smoked sausage or kielbasa.
Next, thinly slice up a small yellow onion and a red bell pepper. Then mince three cloves of garlic and set everything aside.
Warm a tablespoon of olive oil and the sausage over medium high heat. Stir occasionally until the sausage starts to brown.
Add sliced onion, bell peppers, and garlic to pan. Stirring occasionally. Cook until onions and peppers are tender.
Add in Paprika, Red Pepper Flakes, tomato sauce and chicken broth, stir to combine. Bring everything to a boil, cover and reduce heat to low. Allow to simmer for ten minutes.
At the end of ten minutes combine mixture with rice and stir in Mozzarella cheese. I like to garnish this with a little fresh parsley.
That is all there is to making this easy dish. It’s a great one to keep in your pocket for those hectic nights when dinner needs to be fast.
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Happy Cooking Y’all!
Easy Smoked Sausage and Rice Skillet
- 1 package smoked sausage sliced thin
- 3 cups rice
- 1 small yellow onion sliced
- 1 red bell pepper sliced
- 3 cloves garlic finely diced or one teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 15 oz can tomato sauce
- 1/2 cup chicken broth
- 1 cup Mozzarella cheese shredded
- 1/2 teaspoon Paprika
- 1/4 teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes
- Salt and Pepper to Taste
- Prepare rice according to package directions.
- Heat olive oil and sausage in a large skillet or dutch oven until sausage starts to brown.
- Add onion, bell peppers, and garlic cook until onions and peppers are tender.
- Pour tomato sauce and chicken broth to a boil. Reduce heat and cover. Simmer for 10 minutes.
- At the end of 10 minutes remove from heat.
- Stir in rice and Mozzarella cheese.
- Garnish with freshly chopped parsley if desired.