Ground Sausage and Rice Skillet

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Ground Sausage and Rice Skillet Dinner, where convenience meets comfort in the kitchen.

This one-pan meal is a testament to the joys of cooking something that’s both utterly satisfying and incredibly easy to make. It’s the ideal choice for those evenings when time is of the essence but you’re craving something warm and comforting.

This dish is not just a 30-minute meal; it’s a journey into the heart of comfort food, utilizing ground sausage to take the flavors beyond the ordinary. Perfect for any night of the week, it’s designed to be family-friendly and budget-friendly, ensuring that you can feed your loved ones well without breaking the bank.

A Ground Sausage and Rice Skillet meal served on a blue plate, highlighting the savory mixture of ground sausage and fluffy rice, topped with a layer of perfectly melted cheese, creating a striking contrast against the vibrant blue backdrop, inviting a delightful dining experience.

Rice and Ground Sausage Skillet Ingredients

To bring this easy ground sausage recipe to your table, you’ll need:

  • Ground Sausage: For a rich, flavorful base.
  • Onion and Bell Pepper: Adding sweet and colorful notes.
  • Garlic: A hint of aroma that complements the sausage.
  • Salt and Pepper: For seasoning.
  • Diced Tomatoes: To introduce a tangy contrast.
  • Chicken Broth: Giving the rice its perfect texture.
  • Rice: Absorbing all the wonderful flavors.
  • Worcestershire Sauce: Adding depth to the dish.
  • Cheddar Cheese: For creamy, melty goodness.
  • Parsley (optional): For a touch of green.

For the complete list of ingredients and exact measurements, please refer to the recipe card below.

How to Make Ground Sausage and Rice Skillet

Scroll down to the recipe card for detailed instructions. Here are the basic steps for making this recipe:

  1. Prepare Your Ingredients: Chop your veggies to have them ready for the skillet.
  2. Cook the Sausage: In a large skillet, brown the ground sausage until fully cooked; season with salt and pepper.
  3. Sauté Veggies: Add the onion, bell pepper, and garlic, cooking until they’re just soft.
  4. Combine Everything: Pour in the diced tomatoes (with juices), chicken broth, rice, and Worcestershire sauce. Bring to a simmer.
  5. Let It Cook: Cover and allow it to cook until the rice is tender and the liquid mostly absorbed.
  6. Add Cheese: Sprinkle with cheddar cheese, let it melt, then serve hot, garnished with parsley if using.
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Tips and Notes

  • Rice: Long-grain white rice is preferred for its fluffy texture and ability not to become mushy.
  • Protein Choices: Mix it up with ground beef, perhaps ground pork, or ground turkey for a healthier option.
  • Easy Cleanup: This one-pan dinner ensures cleanup is as simple as the cooking process.

FAQ

Can I switch up the type of meat? Yes, this versatile recipe works well with ground beef, ground pork, or ground turkey.

What type of rice is best? Long-grain white rice is ideal for this recipe, ensuring a perfect texture every time.

What to Serve with Ground Sausage and Rice Skillet Dinner

This skillet dish is a complete meal on its own, but a simple green salad for a fresh contrast or choose roasted vegetables for a hearty, healthful side, the tanginess of a tomato salad would complement the rich flavors of the skillet dinner beautifully, rounding out the meal for any family dinner.

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A vibrant and appetizing Ground Sausage and Rice Skillet Dinner presented in a white enamel skillet, featuring a rich blend of golden-browned ground sausage and perfectly cooked rice, elegantly topped with a generous sprinkle of melted cheese, creating a visually appealing and mouthwatering meal.
Yield: 6 servings

Ground Sausage and Rice Skillet

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Savor the rich flavors of Ground Sausage and Rice Skillet Dinner, where spicy ground sausage meets tender rice under a blanket of melted cheese. This one-pan meal blends convenience with taste for a satisfying family dinner ready in just 30 minutes.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground sausage
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 bell pepper, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 can (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup long-grain white rice
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
  • Fresh parsley, chopped (optional, for garnish)

Instructions

  1. Prep the Ingredients: Start by preparing your ingredients. Dice the onion and bell pepper, mince the garlic, and gather your other ingredients for easy access.
  2. Brown the Sausage: In a large skillet over medium heat, add the ground sausage. Break it apart with a spoon and cook until it's no longer pink and is slightly browned, about 5-7 minutes. If there's excess fat, you can drain it off.
  3. Sauté the Vegetables: To the skillet with the browned sausage, add the diced onion and bell pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables start to soften, about 3-4 minutes. Add the minced garlic and cook for another minute until fragrant. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Add Tomatoes and Broth: Pour the undrained diced tomatoes and chicken broth into the skillet. Stir to combine.
  5. Incorporate Rice and Worcestershire Sauce: Add the uncooked rice and Worcestershire sauce to the skillet. Stir well to ensure the rice is fully submerged in the liquid.
  6. Simmer: Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to low. Cover the skillet and let it simmer for 18-20 minutes, or until the rice is cooked through and most of the liquid has been absorbed.
  7. Add Cheese: Once the rice is tender, sprinkle the shredded Cheddar cheese evenly over the top of the skillet. Cover for an additional 2-3 minutes, or until the cheese has melted.
  8. Garnish and Serve: Remove the skillet from heat. Garnish with chopped parsley if desired. Serve hot directly from the skillet for a delicious, comforting meal.

Notes

  • Rice: Long-grain white rice is preferred for its fluffy texture and ability not to become mushy.
  • Protein Choices: Mix it up with ground beef, perhaps ground pork, or ground turkey for a healthier option.
  • Easy Cleanup: This one-pan dinner ensures cleanup is as simple as the cooking process.
  • Nutrition Information

    Yield

    6

    Serving Size

    1

    Amount Per Serving Calories 369Total Fat 28gSaturated Fat 11gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 13gCholesterol 66mgSodium 1136mgCarbohydrates 14gFiber 1gSugar 3gProtein 15g

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