Sausage and Rice

As we are preparing to move in less than two weeks, (Wait… what!?  I don’t think the one bin I packed today is going to cut it….) I have been focusing on using up as many food items as possible in our pantry/freezer so we have less to pack.  The upside of this is getting to create my own recipes with what I have on hand.  I love it!  I would describe this recipe as having an almost fried rice taste to it, but without the soy sauce flavor.  (My hubby is not a fan of the soy sauce in fried rice, so this works out perfectly)  It has delicious sausage mixed throughout, but is chock full of healthy brown rice and vegetables!  This would work great with a variety of other veggies if you have them laying around too – carrots, beans, peas…. go ahead and get fancy!

Sausage & Rice1Sausage and Rice

  • 2 cups uncooked brown rice
  • 5 cups chicken broth
  • 1 lb pork sausage*
  • 5-7 ribs of celery chopped
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper chopped
  • optional: 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1/4-1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • around 1/4 cup grated parmesan

*Any type of sausage works: original, Italian, hot, whatever you’re a fan of! 🙂

Bring chicken broth to a boil.  Stir in the rice.  Cover and simmer until done, around 35 minutes.  You want the rice tender and the liquid mostly absorbed.

While the rice is cooking, brown sausage with onion, and celery.  Keep cooking until the celery is tender.  When you have 5-7 minutes of cooking left, add in the bell pepper, (optional) minced garlic, and red pepper flakes.

Stir sausage mixture and parmesan into rice over low heat.  Once everything is combined and warmed through, scoop yourself out a hearty serving!

P.S. If you’re not into spicy, omit the minced garlic and go with 1/4 teaspoon (or less) red pepper flakes. 🙂Sausage & Rice

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