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Sausage and Rice Skillet Dinner

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Our Sausage and Rice Skillet Dinner is the ultimate one-pan meal! Onions and peppers combined with seasoned sausage and tender rice is total comfort food in a bowl, and best of all, a quick and easy skillet dinner for the busiest of evenings. If you like this you will love our easy Italian chicken skillet or our pork fried rice.

Three bowls of sausage and rice skillet dinner.

Sausage and rice skillet is made with basic ingredients that team up for a flavor-packed dish! It’s a dinner-in-a-pinch kind of meal that works for any time of day, in fact, any kind of gathering.

We use kielbasa sausage rounds for their smoky, garlic-y flavor. Onion, bell peppers and smoked paprika give this tomato-based dish a delicious, Italian-inspired spin– pure comfort food that warms you up.

Our sausage and rice skillet dinner is:

  • Grain-free and gluten-free
  • Easy to make
  • Kid-friendly (adjust the spice level as needed)
  • Great as leftovers
  • Budget-friendly

Ingredients for this Skillet Dinner

To make this sausage and rice skillet dinner, you will need the following ingredients:

  • Kielbasa sausage, sliced into bite-sized pieces. Any pre-cooked, smoked sausage will work. You could even make this with cheese-stuffed sausage for an extra layer of flavor.
  • Yellow onion. You can sub a red or white onion.
  • Bell peppers – we use a combination of red and green peppers.
  • Garlic cloves. Minced. If you are a garlic lover, add an extra clove or two.
  • Tomato paste. Gives an intense depth of flavor.
  • Spices. Smoked paprika, dried Italian spice blend, salt, black pepper, dried red pepper flakes.
  • Long-grain white rice (uncooked). Don’t use instant rice. We used this white rice. You could use short grain rice as well but the texture will be stickier.
  • Chicken broth. Vegetable or beef broth will work fine as well.
  • Diced tomatoes. One 15-ounce can
  • Tomato sauce. One 15-ounce can.
Ingredients used for sausage and rice skillet dinner.

Here is How to Make a Sausage Skillet Dinner

Process photos showing how to make sausage and rice skillet dinner.

This sausage and white rice recipe is an easy one to follow, and we know you’ll love this flavor-packed dinner!

Here’s a quick look at the process: make sure you scroll to the printable recipe card below.

  1. Brown the sausage. Browning the sausage will bring out more flavor.
  2. Sauté the vegetables. Sauteeing the veggies will also enhance the flavors.
  3. Add the garlic and spices.
  4. Stir in the rice and liquids. Make sure the rice gets coated with all the sauce.
  5. Cook the rice: After you add the liquids to the skillet, put the lid on and let the skillet dinner simmer on low.
  6. Cool and serve: When the cooking time is up, leave the lid on and remove the skillet from the heat. Let the skillet sit with the cover on for 15 minutes then stir and serve.
A large skillet filled with a sausage and rice one dish dinner.

Can I Substitute the Kielbasa sausage?

If you don’t have kielbasa, you can use another type of sausage that carries a bold, smoky flavor. Use a smoked sausage, an Italian spiced sausage, or andouille sausage if you’d like this skillet dinner to have more of a spicy, Cajun taste.

Storing Leftovers:

You can store leftovers in the fridge for 3 to 5 days or you can freeze it for up to 3 months. The flavors in this rice dinner are even better the next day so plan to save some for lunch or dinner later in the week.

Why We Love Skillet Dinners

Skillet dinners are quick, easy, and don’t require a lot of meal prep. Plus, they’re similar to a casserole in the sense that they will feed a crowd and leftovers keep well.

If you enjoy this sausage and rice skillet dinner, here are a few others we think you will love:

A fork scooping out a bite of sausage and rice.

This is a tasty and easy recipe using sausage and rice, and we know you’ll be a big fan of the simplicity of this sausage and rice skillet dinner. It’s hearty and filling and full of bold flavors that the whole family will love! Plus, delicious dinners shouldn’t always require a whole lot of effort, right? 😉 We definitely don’t think so!

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  • Easy Italian Chicken Skillet: Meaty chicken thighs are swimming in a rich and flavorful Italian-spiced tomato sauce packed with mushrooms and garlic. It’s another one-pan dish, and a winner of a chicken dinner that works served over pasta or rice.
  • Sausage Stuffed Acorn Squash: This comforting fall and winter meal is full of warm spices and in-season flavors. The acorn squash serves as a “bowl” for a delicious combination of sage sausage, cornbread stuffing, herbs, and dried cranberries
  • Italian Lentil Soup with Sausage: This hearty soup makes a go-to comfort food all year long! Vegetables, Italian sausage and lentils in a rich broth is especially warming during the chillier months.


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Three bowls of sausage and rice skillet dinner.

Sausage and Rice Skillet Dinner

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Additional Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

Sausage, rice, onions, and peppers combine for a complete dinner in one pan. This is comfort food that makes dinner your favorite meal of the day.


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 16 ounces kielbasa sausage, sliced into bite-size pieces
  • 1 small yellow onion, chopped
  • 3 bell peppers (red and/or green) chopped
  • 2 to 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dried Italian spice blend
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes
  • 1-1/3 cups long-grain white rice (uncooked)
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 (15 ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce


  1. Place a large skillet over medium heat and add the olive oil. When the oil is hot toss in the sausage and cook for 2 to 3 minutes until the sausage begins to brown. 
  2. Add the onion snd bell pepper. Saute for 5 to 8 minutes until soft. Add the garlic, tomato paste, paprika, spice blend, salt, pepper and red pepper. Stir for about 1 minute until the garlic and spices are fragrant. 
  3. Add the rice, chicken broth, diced tomatoes (along with the juices) and tomato sauce. Use a wooden spoon or spatula to scrape the bottom of the skillet and loosen anything that may be stuck to the bottom. Stir well to coat all the rice grains. 
  4. Bring to a simmer then turn the heat down to medium-low and cover with a lid. Cook on medium-low heat for 25 minutes. 
  5. Remove from heat but keep the lid on and let it rest for 15 minutes.
  6. Remove the lid, stir and serve. 
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 439Total Fat: 25gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 56mgSodium: 1271mgCarbohydrates: 39gFiber: 2gSugar: 5gProtein: 14g

Nutrition information is a guideline only, is calculated automatically by third-party software, and absolute accuracy is not guaranteed.

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John / Kitchen Riffs

Wednesday 13th of January 2021

Love any and all sausages! Kielbasa is one of my go-tos. Love how quickly this dish comes together, and, wow, SO packed with flavor. Really good stuff -- thanks.

Dahn Boquist

Wednesday 13th of January 2021

Thanks John, it certainly gets devoured every time we make it


Tuesday 12th of January 2021

Kielbasa sausage is new to me. I definitely need to look out for them to try. Your skillet meal looks so flavoursome and moreish. A perfect week-night meal.

Dahn Boquist

Tuesday 12th of January 2021

thanks Angie

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