Italian Sausage Rice Casserole Recipe
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Italian Sausage Rice Casserole Recipe

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The key to the distinctive flavor in this casserole is the use of Italian sausage. The nice balance of ingredients gives it an old-fashioned taste and it's just the right amount for two.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES:2 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES: 2 servings


  • 1/2 pound bulk Italian sausage
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped sweet red pepper
  • 1/2 cup uncooked instant rice
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed tomato soup, undiluted
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese, divided

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 cup) equals 442 calories, 18 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 57 mg cholesterol, 1531 mg sodium, 46 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 21 g protein.


  1. In a small skillet, cook the sausage, onion and red pepper over medium heat until sausage is no longer pink; drain. Remove from the heat. Stir in the rice, basil, soup, water and 1/4 cup cheese.
  2. Transfer to an ungreased 3-cup baking dish. Cover and bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until rice is tender. Uncover; sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake 5 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. Yield: 2 servings.
Originally published as Sausage Rice Casserole in Reminisce February/March 2007, p 49

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

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

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Reviewed May. 18, 2015

"This is really good. I doubled the recipe, but realized I didn't have two cans of tomato soup. I added a can of tomato juice and eliminated the water to keep the integrity of the dish. It turned out perfectly. I will use this recipe again for a nice, quick meal."

Reviewed Feb. 19, 2014

"I just made this recipe and it was so good! I added some broccoli and kale and used cheddar cheese since I had no mozzarella on hand. The next time I think I will add some sort of spice and mushrooms."

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