Sausage, Pepper and Rice Skillet

Smoky kielbasa sizzled with sweet bell pepper, onions and garlic in vibrant tomato sauce. This quick and easy sausage, pepper and rice skillet is downright delicious!

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Today I’m sharing another quick and easy meal with you guys. This is one we’ve made twice now and I just love how simple, yet flavorful it is. Grab your skillet and let’s get cooking!

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First, you’ll want cook your rice. I grabbed a small saucepan and had it simmering away while I made everything else. Timing is key, but if you do everything it the right order, it’ll be done when you need it.

Next, brown the sausage. I used kielbasa, however, andouille would work well too. Get it nice and crispy, then spoon it off to a plate for later.

Season and saute the peppers, onion, and garlic, get them nice and tender (I find half of a red bell pepper and half of a yellow bell pepper is perfect- we tossed the leftovers in these noodles later in the week). Again, once the veggies are cooked, spoon them off and save them for later.

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Now comes the fun part! Add your tomato paste, then the chicken broth, then whisk, whisk, whisk! Once the mixture bubbles and thickens add the paprika and cayenne, then the rice. Stir EVERYTHING together, then add a pinch of freshly chopped parsley.

That’s it! You’re done! Easy, right? We’ve added peas to this dish to up the veggies and it was just as delicious. The next time you’re on the hunt for a quick, flavorful & filling meal, give this recipe a try!

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Sausage, Pepper and Rice Skillet Recipe

Smoky kielbasa sizzled with sweet bell pepper, onions and garlic in vibrant tomato sauce. This quick and easy sausage, pepper and rice skillet is downright delicious!
4.72 from 110 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 8 mins
Cook Time: 22 mins
Total Time: 30 mins
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 359kcal
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Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cup white rice
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 12 oz pkg smoked sausage
  • 1/2 red bell pepper - sliced
  • 1/2 yellow bell pepper - sliced
  • 1 small white onion - quartered and sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic - minced
  • 1/2 tsp kosher sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 5 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 1/4 cup low-sodium chicken broth - divided
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 1/2 tbsp parsley - chopped

Instructions

  • In a small saucepan, cook rice according to the package's directions.
  • Place a large cast iron skillet over medium-high. Once the skillet is hot, add the oil. After the oil shimmers, add the sausage and cook until browned on both sides, about 5 minutes. Remove from the pan and set aside.
  • Add the peppers and onion, saute for 4-5 minutes. Add the garlic, salt, and pepper, cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Remove from the pan and set aside with the sausage.
  • Add the tomato paste and about 3/4 cup of chicken broth, whisk to combine. Allow the mixture to simmer for 1 minute, then add the paprika and cayenne.
  • Stir in the cooked rice, sausage, remaining chicken broth, pepper and onions until combined. Garnish with chopped parsley, serve immediately.

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Notes

-For an "Italian" version, use Italian sausage + 1/2 tsp. Italian seasoning
-For a "Cajun" version, use andouille sausage + 1/2 tsp. cajun seasoning

Nutrition

Serving: 6g | Calories: 359kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 40mg | Sodium: 799mg | Potassium: 405mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 818IU | Vitamin C: 37mg | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 2mg

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  1. This us perfect for left over, random veggies! I added some cumin and pineapple (and it’s juice) at the end and it was awesome…..though it was delicious without the added ingredients as well. Thanks!

      1. Yay! So glad you enjoyed the skillet and were able to adapt it as needed! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Since you cook the rice before adding to the skillet, is that 1 1/4 cups cooked or uncooked in the ingredients?

  3. Made this tonight and loved it!!! I didn’t have any tomato paste so I used some tomato sauce and cut back on the broth and added a tablespoon of brown sugar. Whole family loved it!

    1. Haha amazing I just realized I forgot to get the tomato paste but have 1/2 a sauce leftover from pasta the other night!! 

  4. I came across this recipe on Pinterest, I used the polska kielbasa lite turkey sausage, I used green bell peppers, I did not have the red/yellow ones, I added the unsalted chicken broth, and used the brown rice. It was delicious, my family loved it!

  5. Im making this for the 1st time but confused it states to add cooked rice…. Then Brittany asked cooked or uncooked….. and you said uncooked so just a little confused sorry!!!?

    1. No worries! In step 1, you will cook 1 1/4 cup of rice, then you will mix the cooked rice in at the end. Hope that makes more sense 🙂

  6. Made this and family loved, loved, loved it!!! I added kalamata & green olives which was amazing. Note:  I had older peppers in the fridge that were wilting so I had roasted them in the oven a few days earlier and used these in this recipe. Another great way to use up some produce that’s on it last legs. OMG can you say flavour!!!

    1. 5 stars
      I made this with smoked sausage, mixed peepers, onions and garlic, red wine vinegar and soy sauce with white 5min rice and cooked all together added salt and pepper! It was amazing!! I’m going to cook this again tonight for dinner! My family LOVES it! It was my first time cooking it btw. I also added a few pcs of chopped veggies broccoli and carrots I had left over from a salad. It was very good. Full of flavor! I didn’t realize I liked soy sauce. We do learn something new everyday. Tonight I’m going to used smoked brats and see if I can get the same results!!! Wish me luck! Thanks 4 sharing your tips and ideas with us all. We appreciate it bunches! Stay well stay safe!

  7. This was so good. I wanted to make a quick meal and wasn’t sure how it was going to taste. It’s awesome. The only thing I did different was add in a little brown sugar as another poster commented.

  8. Would like to make this with some chicken, mozzarella and garlic sausage. If I go with the Italian spice would I still need the tsp of paprika?

  9. Great recipe! We switched out rice for cubed potatoes and used salsa instead of tomato paste! Also used chicken sausage! The seasoning she adds is perfect for the recipe and gets just the right amount of heat for the dish! Would recommend topping with some shredded cheese if you go Mexican-style like my boyfriend and I did! 

  10. Delicious, and very easy recipe!  Perfect for a quick weeknight dinner.  I substituted the tomato paste with fire roasted tomatoes.  

  11. Made this for dinner last night! So delicious, my husband said it was “scary good”! It was difficult not to eat the whole pan!
    Might try adding beans next time, as the flavor reminded us of a red beans and rice dish we make.
    Thank you for sharing a great recipe.

  12. Thanks for the recipe. i think one important clarification is needed (for safety): i “browned” the sausage as directed, but you should say to “cook” the sausage. Cooking and browning are two different things (often, recipes require you to brown a piece of meat before slow-cooking it further, but in your recipe, the sausages need to be fully cooked before re-introducing them to the skillet).

    There’s also no mention in the instructions of slicing the sausages, as in the picture. i’m not sure how you wind up with fully-cooked sausages after 5 minutes. Are they pre-cooked? If so, you should mention that. A pack of raw sausages always takes me about 15 minutes (minimum) to fully cook. i wound up blundering through this a little because i had half-raw sausages when it came time to add them back to the skillet (and your directions say “serve immediately”)

    1. Smoked sausage is sausage that is already cooked. Kielbasa or farmer’s sausage. You slice it thinly and brown it on both sides. 

    2. It’s ok Ryan it can be tough trying to interpret a recipe over the internet. Some terms are generally speaking to seasoned cooks and sometimes live the eager novice behind. Always read instructions for any meat that you use weather sausage, raw pieces of meat in a package, or frozen meat. They’re always going to have some sort of barometer as to how you should handle the meat. Also you should be aware that cooking is intuitive, do you feel that the food is done, does it look done, using those tools may seem scary at first. Before you know it you’ll be in another room look up and say my food’s done! LOL

    3. If you follow the recipe *as written*, there will not be a problem. Kielbasa is already cooked, so it only needs to be browned. If you are a novice cook, then don’t use substitutes for the listed ingredients. You can’t use uncooked sausage in a recipe that calls for cooked sausage and then get snippy with the recipe writer for not being clear.

  13. Made this recipe today with sliced pico digio pork sausage I didn’t have any fresh garlic so substituted 1/2 tsp garlic powder. I omitted the cayanne pepper and used 1/2 pinto bean seasoning. Also used salsa instead of tomato paste. Came out amazing will definitely make it again exactly the same! 5/5 stars

      1. I actually think personally that it would work very well. Chicken sausage has a lighter more delicate flavor being that the fat content is a lot lower than other sausages. Jasmine rice is very fragrant and light be careful not to use too much tomato paste and weigh your rice down. Going that route I would recommend a pinch of thyme and a pinch of Rosemary with your chicken apple sausage! I hope my two cents was able to help…

        1. 4 stars
          It was delicious just wondering though I fcb there is a way to make the rice more flavorful my family had a few complaints on how bland the rice tasted any suggestion thanks

          1. You can add whatever spices you like. We like the way it is, but sometimes I’ll add a little garlic pepper.

  14. I tried your dish because it sounded delicious, looked delicious, and the reviews were high – WOW! I was blown away!
    I made the Cajun version listed at the bottom of the recipe. It was super-duper and SO GOOD!
    Thank you!

  15. I made this exactly as listed and my picky family LOVED it! I LOVED it too! Absolutely perfect, delicious, and budget friendly!!! Thank you!

  16. As I was browsing through Pinterest for ideas: what to cook for dinner with beef sausage, I came across this recipe: I quickly looked over the ingredients and figured that I had most of the ingredients on hand, and if there was something that I didn’t have I could always improvise. I just finished making this recipe, and the result is just wonderful. It came together so quickly, and got my three kids asking for seconds. I had to change a few things: I diddnt have tomatoe paste so I used basil tomato sauce. Also I added a little bit of chilli powder instead of the cayenne powder. This will definitely be my “have to repeat recipe” 🙂 

  17. I’ve made this twice now. It’s amazing and delicious and so easy! My very picky kids said it’s the best meal I’ve ever made. Thank you so much! 

  18. I’m about to make this dish tonight, and I’m super excited I’m going to add Cubed chicken thighs as well. Up the Cayenne factor and a dash of red pepper flake because we like it hot in our house! Serve it with some slivers of avocado on the side! Looking forward to it

  19. I follow the ingredients and i add also little bit crust tomatoes and some pcs of chicken cubes and it was so good,bright and colorful on the table…can just serve with simple fresh salads easy to prepare for dinner time..thanks for the recipe?

  20. Can I ask what brand of rice you used? I am having a difficult time finding short grain rice at the grocery store. It says that short grain white rice is “sticky” and what is used for sushi… Is this the kind that should be in this dish?

    Thanks so much!!

  21. “I find half of a red bell pepper and half of a red bell pepper is perfect”

    Wouldn’t that just be a whole red bell pepper?

    1. I think she meant half a red pepper and half a yellow pepper as called for in the ingredients

  22. I made it with angel hair pasta and for the sausage i used chicken tomatoe and basil sausage it was delicious!!

    1. I typed it into my fitness pal and i got 443 cal for 1.5 cups? Not sure if that is accurate or not.
      Carbs: 52g
      Fat: 22g
      Protein: 12g

  23. This was so yummy! Great way to use up leftovers and create a new and budget friendly meal for my family!

  24. This was awesome! I didn’t want a super tangy tomato taste. So I used 4 Tbsp tomato sauce and only 3/4 c chicken broth -total. Still came out great!

  25. This was absolutely delicious! My husband who is not a big fan of rice, really liked this dish. It’s full of flavor, beautiful color, and it’s easy to put together. All in one pan makes for super easy clean up too. Definitely making this again!

  26. I have very simple tastes, and my son is not a fan of just plain rice and sausage, but he agreed to eat it if I found something different to do with it. We found this recipe and he got very excited. I had all of the ingredients in the house, so I made it, and he loved it! We’ll be having this again. Thank you.

      1. Flavor wise, What is the real difference between cased and uncased sausage. And why do you suggest cased? (just for my information, I am not being a smarty pants)

        1. I’d suggest using cased sausage for this recipe because it doesn’t break down as you cook it, it stays intact. Flavorwise, it just depends on the type/brand you choose.

  27. Half of a red bell pepper and half of a red bell pepper = one whole red bell pepper 🙂

    I’m guessing one of those halves was meant to be green?

    Recipe looks great — on my menu for tonight!

  28. I have very little food and wanted to do something with sausage and rice. I also had frozen peppers and onions. And a can of diced tomatoes with green chilies.  
    Parboiled sausage since it wasn’t frozen. Used water to cook rice in. Browned sausage in pan with some oil. Added fresh garlic and basil.  Defrosted frozen peas, peppers/onions and some vegetable medley I had.  
    Added can of tomatoes with the liquid to pan with sausage. Added garlic and basil.  Added rice and veggies.  Added a few tbsp of tomato paste. Heated through. Added a couple tablespoons of white sugar. 
    DELICIOUSNESS!!!! 

  29. Really delicious fish to make. My whole family enjoyed it a lot. I added some diced chicken as well and it was to die for. This recipe is perfect for tweaking here and there. 

  30. So Good!! Made as is using Andouille sausage and Jasmine rice that I had on hand. Had no idea what to expect, but liked the ingredients. Super easy, simple ingredients, and oh so yummy! My adult son said he’s got to add this to his favorites! Will definitely make again! Thank you!

  31. I absolutely LOVE this dish! I make it almost on a weekly basis and love how quick I can whip it up and it ingredients I almost always have on hand! I tend to use sweet italian sausage when making it ( personal preference) I brown it first, then slice it up then after i sautee the peppers and onion and garlic I simmer both the veggies and sauge in the sauce for a bit and its great! Thanks for the receipe it is a keeper for sure in my house!

  32. Hi! What is the “creole” or Cajun version of this recipe? If I’m adding shrimp what best way is there to cook it with the recipe 

    1. You’d cook it with the sausage, then remove it after sautéing the onion and garlic (this will give it about 10 minutes of cook time which should be enough). Mix it back in with the sausage at the end and let everything warm for a few minutes before removing it from the heat. For the sausage stick with andouille and add 1/2 tsp.of cajun seasoning. I hope that helps. Enjoy!

  33. This was a great recipe. Kids loved it. The only thing I did differently was add a little sugar to take away the acid of the tomato paste.

    1. Great question. Cajun seasoning can vary in heat. I know ours is on the spicier side (and we have little kids in our family), so I generally omit the cayenne, but if you like it spicy feel free to do both!

  34. Family loved it. Will make again fo sure. Doubled recipe for family of 6 and ended baked in oven. Thx for sharing.

  35. I have made the Original style (added a little adobo and Sazon at the end) and the Cajun style and OMGoodness this is a go to recipe for us. My husband loves it which is a BIG win for me!

  36. Just wondering what the purpose is of cooking and setting aside so many times? Seems like extra steps? Typically in a one skillet recipe like this I would do the onion, peppers, garlic first then add in the sausage and then possibly set it aside if that’s necessary to make a sauce before adding the rest back in?? I hope that makes sense..

  37. I made this dish on Saturday afternoon and turned out just right, but,next time l will use macrona instant.

    1. You will fully cook the rice before adding it to this dish. I cook it in a separate small saucepan while everything else is cooking. Does that make sense? Then you add it in at the very end.

    1. Great question Daisy! I prefer “thawing” it in the microwave and then tossing it into a skillet to crispen it up a bit (I usually add a tablespoon or so of extra water). Hope that helps 🙂

  38. Great recipe for quick weeknight dinner. Very easy to make. Just adding 1 tbs of brown sugar enhances the flavor. I sauted onions, peppers and some sundried tomatoes and put it a side then added to the rice and sausage mix add the end. Hope to make it again.

  39. Made this for dinner and my boyfriend has not stopped raving about this recipe. Will definitely make this again, didn’t have tomato paste so I substituted tomatoe sauce instead and simmered it with the chicken broth a little longer and added about half a tbs of brown sugar. Such a good recipe thank you!

  40. Delicious and so easy to make!! Hubby and I loved it! I used a whole red and yellow pepper and i think i would do that again as well next time. I used wild rice instead and beef broth instead of chicken. Delicious !! Thank you!!

  41. Tried this with a tin of chopped tomatoes instead of the paste & broth, delicious! Nice smokey flavour, quick and easy to make.
    I didnt add the cayenne pepper because I didnt feel like spicy food that day but I will next time for a nice bit of heat.

  42. This was good! I added mushrooms & used brown rice. The mushrooms worked very well with the smoky flavours. instead of adding cayenne i put a few drops of a jalapeno hot sauce, then let others add their own extra heat with the same sauce. Thanks for the recipe!

  43. 5 stars
    Great recipe, I have made it with beef sausages, chicken sausages and pork sausages and it’s always really delicious. I love the way it can be tweaked with whatever veggies you have lying about. I add extra Paprika 🙂

    1. That’s why I love it, too! I am glad you’ve tried it with so many different meats! Thank you for sharing!

  44. 5 stars
    This is my favorite recipe! I don’t have a stove at the moment though. Can I make it in a slow cooker? Can I just through it all in together?

  45. 5 stars
    This recipe is a family favorite! We love to serve it in a bowl and add a poached egg on top! So yummy!!

  46. Sorry but total broth is 1 1/4 cups divided. I see you add 3/4 cup to tomato paste but what have you done with the other 1/2 cup remaining?

  47. 5 stars
    Hello, tried your recipe last night. It was great. I had jalapeno sausage so I didn’t add any extra heat. I did not have a large cast iron skillet so I used a non-stick pan. I sauteed all the veggies first and added the sausage to the pan. Still turned out fantastic and a little less cleanup. Thank you. Will make again!! Lorie

  48. 5 stars
    I don’t usually leave comments.. but I just had to for this recipe. It is absolutely DELICIOUS!! I followed this recipe just as written but added shrimp that I cooked in a little olive oil and butter after I removed the smoked sausage from the pan. This recipe is a keeper! I highly recommend that you try it, so easy to make! Don’t forget to add the remaining chicken broth like I almost did because that really brings the dish together. Loved it!

  49. 5 stars
    A++++ WOW!!! This is soo good. I followed your main recipe exactly (halved, there are only two of us) and used Sweet Italian Sausages from Trader Joes. My husband loved it. It has so much flavor and was absolutely delicious.  Much gratitude for sharing your recipe. 
    Thank you 

  50. 1 star
    1 star because i couldnt give it lower.

    So to start with the recipe probably means 1.25 cups of cooked rice? I used 1 cup of uncooked rice and it was WAY too much. Also 12oz of sausage doesnt even come close. i doubled the amount of sausage and there still isnt as much meat as is shown in the pictures. Definitely has a lot of flavor but overall not recommended.

    1. Thank you for trying it. 1 1/4 cup is 1.25 cups, which is the perfect amount with the other ingredients, for our liking. You can always adjust a recipe to your liking 🙂

    2. How small did you cut the sausage? I usually cut mine 1/4” and it’s perfect. I did 14 ounces and it was perfect.

  51. 5 stars
    My family really likes this recipe.  I like that it is quick and easy to make.
    I do add a can of drained red beans because, as someone else said, it reminds me of red beans and rice.
    Thank you for another tasty and reliable recipe to add to my arsenal.

  52. 5 stars
    Simple and delicious! I used another commenters idea but I just used the pineapple juice and it set the stirfry off! A must try

  53. 5 stars
    Tried and True!! We love this recipe at home and it’s quickly become a go to for meal prep!! I eat it 2x a week for lunch

    1. Oh that makes me so happy to hear. So glad you found a go to meal that you love!