Main Dishes, Pork, Recipes

Italian Sausage and Red Rice

I love one dish meals. They are just so delicious, comforting, and, well, easy. Yes, that’s the main reason I love ’em. Casseroles, pasta, skillet meals… all of the above are great because then I don’t have to think about sides–I just whip up a quick side salad and am good to go. But the problem with many one dish meals is that they are all kinda the same. Taste the same, look the same, are virtually the same. I for one know that I’ve made about a zillion variations of Mexican chicken, beans, corn, cheese, and pasta/rice/quinoa. [But yet I still make them. It’s probably the cheese. I LOVE cheese!] Those dishes are all good but can certainly become a bit of a bore after awhile, so I’m always on the lookout for new recipe ideas that satisfy my easy one dish requirement. When I recently scored some Italian sausage on sale, I immediately started looking for some interesting recipes and landed on this Skillet Italian Sausage and Red Rice.

Skillet Italian Sausage and Red Rice | The Pajama Chef

It may not look like much, but it is SO amazing. It’s made with only seven ingredients and is ready in less than 30 minutes, making this an excellent choice for a weeknight dinner. I don’t know what red rice usually is, but in this case it is a flavorful combination of tomato soup, Tabasco sauce, and Worcestershire sauce. I’m pretty picky about using convenience-type foods in recipes [and in general], but I won’t hesitate to admit that every once in awhile I like to indulge in a Kraft singles grilled cheese dipped in Campbell’s Tomato Soup. There’s nothing like it… gourmet, homemade versions are good but just don’t compare. 🙂 So, for that reason and that reason alone I was okay with using readymade soup to flavor up this rice and make it uber rich and creamy. It has just a bit of heat too, and is the perfect base for slices of hearty Italian sausage.

Skillet Italian Sausage and Red Rice | The Pajama Chef

If you need an easy dinner soon, I highly suggest you whip up this dish. There are tons of ways to fancify it if that’s your thing–adding extra veggies or some beans, making the tomato soup base from scratch, even experimenting with different types of sausage. I was frankly quite surprised with how much I enjoyed this dinner [especially since it was cheeseless. Oh my!]. I thought I’d be ruthlessly plotting to have Ben take all the leftovers in his work lunches, but instead I was sneaking them away for me. Cray cray, I know, but this is just… so… good! Enjoy!

Skillet Italian Sausage and Red Rice [method adapted from Premio Foods]
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  • 1 pound Italian sausage [links]
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 1/4 cup hot water
  • 1 can condensed tomato soup [10.75 ounces]
  • 1 teaspoon Tabasco sauce [or to taste]
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 cups cooked rice


In a large skillet set over medium head, add sausage and cook until browned on all sides [and cooked through if not precooked]. Remove sausage from pan and set on place to rest. Meanwhile, add onion and cook until golden.

Next, slice sausage into bite size pieces and return to pan. Pour in hot water to deglaze pan. Add soup, Tabasco sauce, and Worcestershire sauce and stir to combine. Add rice, cover, and cook for 15 minutes, or until hot. Taste and adjust seasoning as desired.

Time: 25 minutes.

Yield: 6 servings.

Linked with: Weekend Potluck.


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