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Hearty Sausage and Rice Skillet Recipe

Hearty Sausage and Rice Skillet Recipe

At the end of the day, who wants a stack of dishes to wash? That’s why we love this entree: It cooks in one skillet and everyone cleans their plates! —Simple & Delicious Test Kitchen
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min. YIELD:5 servings


  • 1 pound Italian turkey sausage links, cut into 1/2-inch slices
  • 1/2 pound sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1 medium sweet yellow pepper, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes with mild green chilies, undrained
  • 2 cups fresh baby spinach, coarsely chopped
  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 2 cups uncooked instant rice


  • 1. Cook sausage in a Dutch oven over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Remove and keep warm. Saute the mushrooms, pepper and onion in oil in the same pan until tender.
  • 2. Return sausage to pan. Stir in the tomatoes, spinach, water, tomato sauce and seasonings.
  • 3. Bring to a boil; cook for 2 minutes. Stir in rice. Remove from the heat; cover and let stand for 5-7 minutes or until rice is tender. Fluff with a fork. Yield: 5 servings.

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Reviewed Jan. 16, 2016

"My family loves this recipe. Even my very picky son."

Reviewed Jan. 8, 2016

"I followed the recipe 'exactly' as it was written, the first time I made it. It was very tasty, but the next time I made it, I added a clove of finely minced garlic into Step #1, and I also used (low sodium) chicken broth in Step #2, instead of plain water, Also, I used brown rice, because that's what I always use. Both dishes were very tasty, so thanks for a terrific recipe! I'll definitely be making this dish again & again, since we all loved it."

Reviewed Jan. 5, 2016

"I cut the recipe in half for just me and my husband and we got about 4 servings out of it easily (and they weren't small servings). So if you do the full recipe you may get more than the advertised 5 servings (just FYI). I also used regular diced tomatoes without the chilies and omitted half of the chili powder (1/4 tsp) because I can't eat spicy food. I also just used precooked Polish kielbasa, and just started by sauteing the onion and pepper in olive oil (also omitted mushrooms...yuck). Next time I'll try adding more chili powder, adding more baby spinach (it definitely needed a bit more) and maybe adding corn to give it more of a sweet crunch. Otherwise, this was a great recipe, and pretty easy too! My husband went back for seconds."

Reviewed Dec. 7, 2013

"It was a bit spicy for me, but my husband loved it!"

Reviewed Apr. 23, 2013

"This was delicious; even better the second day."

Reviewed Feb. 19, 2013

"I've made it twice now and it's a definite winner! I've shared it with friends and they also give it rave reviews. Quick, easy, and delicious."

Reviewed Jan. 11, 2013

"Delicious and very easy!! Comfort food!"

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Wine Pairings

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Malbec or Zinfandel.