Here we go with another installment of ‘quick and easy weeknight meals that take less than 30 minutes to make’ featuring this smoked sausage and peppers with rice.
It’s like I could have a cooking show or something, LOL
I have this thing with smoked sausage; the kind you buy in that vacuum-sealed package in a giant link at the grocery store.
I absolutely LOVE them.
They’re already fully cooked so you just have to brown them in the skillet but the best part is the flavor.
I just love that smoky flavor and to me, it’s kind of like eating a hot dog for dinner, haha
What we love about this smoked sausage and peppers with rice recipe
Besides that it takes no time to make it, we love the flavor.
Smoked sausage really has the perfect smoky flavor and I’m weird but I love that some of them have a natural casing on it.
It like the bite and snap.
The smoked sausage and peppers pair so well together.
Its as if they were begging to be paired!
The smokiness and the sweet bite from the bell peppers make this smoked sausage and peppers with rice dish a perfect weeknight meal when you’ve got other things to worry about!
Dinner won’t be one of the worries! You’re welcome!
Can I make this smoked sausage and peppers with rice all in one pot?
Yes! It’s a one-pot dish!
What kind of smoked sausage should I buy?
They have many kinds out there now.
We usually buy beef but that’s what we like.
They have pork, beef, a beef/pork mix, and even turkey!
Is the sausage already cooked?
Yep! But you still gotta “cook” it.
Can I buy fresh?
I haven’t tried it with fresh! Typically, with fresh sausage, you’d have to take it out of the casing and crumble it, unless you want to cook it yourself in the casing and that just takes too long!
This isn’t the dish for that. You want sausage that’s already cooked so you can slice!
Can I use different kinds of bell peppers?
You can use whatever colors of bell peppers you like.
What type of rice can I use for the smoked sausage and peppers with rice recipe?
I always have sushi rice on hand. It’s just what we always have because I grew up on it.
You can use any standard white rice like jasmine, basmati, etc. but definitely don’t use arborio!
Will cook time vary depending on the rice I use?
Yep. It also might take more or less liquid to cook that specific rice. Just keep an eye on it.
Is the sauce supposed to be watery consistency or thick?
For ours, because of the rice we used and because rice has a lot of starch, the “sauce” was coating the rice and there wasn’t any liquid left!
Is this spicy?
Yes, but you can make it less spicy by using less seasonings.
Can I make this spicier?
Of course. Suit to taste!
Other recipes you may like:
- One-pot BBQ chicken and rice
- Chicken and chorizo rice
- Arroz con pollo
- Broccoli, rice, and chicken casserole
- Chicken fried rice
Smoked Sausage and Peppers with Rice
Servings are adjustable but please note that results, timing, and cookware may vary when adjusting servings.
- 13 ounces smoked sausage, beef or pork, sliced into rounds
- 1 medium yellow onion, diced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 medium bell peppers, sliced into strips (your favorite colors)
- 2 cups white rice
- 8 ounce can tomato sauce
- 4 cups chicken broth
- 1/2 teaspoon creole seasoning (if you don't have this, 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper works too)
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- In a heavy bottom pan such as a dutch oven, add 1 tablespoon of oil and heat up over medium-high heat.
- Once hot, add smoked sausage and let brown on both sides.
- Add the onion, garlic, and bell peppers. Cook until softened, about 3 minutes.
- Add the rice and slightly toast it in pan before adding the tomato sauce. Add tomato sauce and chicken broth and seasonings. Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer, cover and let cook for 20-25 minutes, or until rice is done.