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Sausage and Rice Casserole Side Dish

 Sausage and Rice Casserole Side Dish
When company's coming or when I need a quick-and-easy dish to pass, this is my hands-down favorite. A neighbor introduced me to the delicious combination of fluffy rice and sage-seasoned sausage. One forkful was all it took to convince me that I'd found a winner.
6 ServingsPrep: 15 min. Bake: 1 hour

Ingredients

  • 1 pound sage-flavored Jimmy Dean® Premium Pork Sausage Roll
  • 1 cup sliced celery
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped sweet red pepper
  • 1/4 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1/2 cup fresh mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 can (8 ounces) sliced water chestnuts, drained
  • 1 cup converted rice, uncooked
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground pepper

Directions

  • Brown sausage in heavy skillet over medium heat; transfer sausage to
  • a 2-1/2-qt. greased casserole dish. In the sausage drippings, saute
  • celery, onion, peppers and mushrooms until lightly browned; transfer
  • to casserole. To casserole add water chestnuts, rice, broth and
  • seasonings; mix well. Cover tightly and bake at 350° for 1 to
  • 1-1/2 hours or until rice is fluffy and tender. Yield: 6 servings.