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Italian Sausage and Rice

This Italian Sausage and Rice recipe is a flavorful and hearty dish that combines savory Italian sausage with the richness of sautéed vegetables, aromatic spices, and tender rice. It’s a perfect blend of textures and flavors, making it an ideal meal for any time of the year.

Italian Sausage and Rice

Italian Sausage and Rice

This recipe was so easy and fast to make, but you really couldn’t tell by how incredible the result was. It was delicious! The combination of Italian sausage and a variety of vegetables creates a comforting and rich flavor profile. The use of Hungarian paprika adds a unique depth to the dish, while the roasted garlic diced tomatoes bring a hint of sweetness and acidity.

This recipe is straightforward and you can change it up to suit your family’s tastes and needs. It can be easily adapted to include different types of sausages or vegetables, making it a versatile dish for various tastes and dietary preferences.

It uses everyday ingredients that are easily accessible, making it a convenient option for a weeknight dinner. The entire meal is cooked in one skillet, enhancing the flavors and making cleanup a breeze.

Why you’ll love this dish…

  • Easy to Make: The simplicity of the recipe ensures that even novice cooks can prepare it with ease.
  • Eat More Vegetables: A great way to incorporate vegetables into your meal.
  • Make-Ahead Lunches: This recipe is perfect for meal prep as it reheats well.
  • Bold Flavors: The combination of Italian sausage and Hungarian paprika offers a burst of bold and savory flavors, which is the highlight of this dish.

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Italian Sausage and Rice

Italian Sausage and Rice shopping list

Wondering if you have to hit the store? Here’s the list of items you’ll need to make this recipe. For specific amounts, please refer to the printable recipe card at the bottom of the post.

  • Italian Sausage Links
  • Butter
  • Red Bell Pepper
  • Yellow Bell Pepper
  • Onion
  • Celery
  • Roasted Garlic Diced Tomatoes
  • Hungarian Paprika
  • Garlic Powder
  • Onion Powder
  • Kosher Salt
  • Red Pepper Flakes
  • Rice
  • Chicken Broth
  • Chopped Parsley

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How to make Italian Sausage and Rice

This is just the overview so you can see what you’re actually getting into here. When you are cooking, you’ll want to use the full recipe at the bottom of the page.


Brown the Sausages

Start by browning the Italian sausages in a skillet, then set them aside.


Cook the Vegetables

Melt butter and sauté the diced peppers, onion, and celery in the same skillet.


Add Spices and Rice

Mix in the tomatoes, spices, rice, and chicken broth, stirring well.


Combine with Sausage

Slice the browned sausages, add them to the skillet, and simmer until the rice is cooked.


Garnish and Serve

Finish with a sprinkle of parsley before serving.

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Italian Sausage and Rice FAQ

Can this recipe be made in advance?

Yes, it can be prepared in advance and reheated, making it ideal for meal prep.

What’s the best way to store and reheat the leftovers?

Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Reheat in a microwave or on the stovetop, adding a little broth or water if needed.

Can I use a different type of sausage?

Absolutely! Feel free to substitute with your preferred sausage variety.

Is there a vegetarian option for this recipe?

Yes, you can replace the sausage with a plant-based alternative and use vegetable broth instead of chicken broth.

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Yield: 6 servings

Italian Sausage and Rice

Italian Sausage and Rice

This hearty one-pot meal is perfect for a quick, satisfying dinner! Just enough heat to make it interesting, this dish is going to be on your regular rotation!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes


  • 4 Italian sausage links
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, diced
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 stalks celery, minced
  • 1 can roasted garlic diced tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon Hungarian paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 cup rice
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 2 teaspoons chopped parsley


  1. Brown the Italian sausages in a large skillet over medium heat for 4-5 minutes per side.
  2. Remove from the skillet and set aside.
  3. Add the butter to the pan and let it melt. Add in the peppers, onion, and celery. Sauté for 5-6 minutes until there is some color on the vegetables and they are softened.
  4. Add the tomatoes, paprika, garlic, and onion powder, salt, red pepper flakes, rice, and chicken broth to the pan. Stir to combine.
  5. Slice the Italian sausage links into rounds. Add to the pan.
  6. Cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until the rice is cooked. Stir occasionally, and add 1/4 cup additional chicken broth if necessary.
  7. Garnish with parsley and serve hot.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 280Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 40mgSodium: 870mgCarbohydrates: 18gFiber: 2gSugar: 4gProtein: 12g

Nutrition data provided here is only an estimate. If you are tracking these things for medical purposes please consult an outside, trusted source. Thanks!

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Nicole Johnson, a self-taught expert in grilling and outdoor cooking, launched Or Whatever You Do in 2010. Her blog, renowned for its comprehensive and creative outdoor cooking recipes, has garnered a vast audience of millions. Nicole's hands-on experience and passion for grilling shine through her work. Her husband, Jeremiah Johnson, also plays a pivotal role in recipe development, adding his culinary flair to the mix. Together, they form a dynamic duo, offering a rich and varied outdoor cooking experience to their followers.

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