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Broccoli, Rice and Sausage Dinner

The first recipe my kids requested when they left home was broccoli with sausage and rice. If fresh zucchini or summer squash is available, add it to the mix. —JoAnn Parmentier, Branch, Michigan
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 package (13 ounces) smoked turkey sausage, sliced
  • 4 cups small fresh broccoli florets
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1/4 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 cups uncooked instant brown rice
  • 1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • Optional toppings: Reduced-fat sour cream and Louisiana-style hot sauce


  • In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add sausage; cook and stir until browned, 2-3 minutes. Stir in broccoli; cook and stir 2 minutes longer.
  • Add water, tomatoes and seasonings; bring to a boil. Stir in rice. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, 5 minutes.
  • Remove from heat; stir rice mixture and sprinkle with cheese. Let stand, covered, until liquid is almost absorbed and cheese is melted, about 5 minutes. If desired, serve with sour cream and hot sauce.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup (calculated without sour cream and hot sauce): 276 calories, 10g fat (3g saturated fat), 48mg cholesterol, 853mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 4g fiber), 17g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 lean meat, 1-1/2 starch, 1 vegetable, 1/2 fat.

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  • Kristin
    Sep 2, 2019

    I've made this both ways.. the original and using some tips from the other comments. More spices (doubled) and using chicken broth definitely improved the flavor! I also don't enjoy the taste of turkey sausage so i used kielbasa the first round and smoked sausage the second round. Both were delicious. I make this recipe on Sundays and pack it for lunch throughout the week. Throw some worchestire sauce on top and your good to go :)

  • dschultz01
    Jan 15, 2018

    I liked how quick this recipe came together, but made many adjustments based on previous reviews. I used Rotel instead of regular diced tomatoes, chicken broth instead of water, minced garlic instead of garlic powder, added onion, and doubled the other seasonings. Came out pretty good, but it's almost an entirely different recipe.

  • meerb98
    Mar 6, 2016

    I have made this recipe twice and it definitely needed tweaked. I sauteed onion and fresh garlic with the sausages. I still used Penzey's Roasted Garlic and vegetable broth in place of the water. With these changes, my husband and I enjoyed the dish. It was quick, made plenty for leftovers and there was only one pan to clean up. I would definitely recommend with a few changes for more flavor.

  • Angel182009
    Jun 30, 2015

    My family enjoy this dish. It does need a little more flavor so next time I will use more garlic powder and cheese.

  • lorettalib
    Mar 6, 2015

    The good thing about this dish is that it is quick and easy, but it does not have much flavor. If I were to make it again I would probable substitute fresh garlic for the garlic powder, chicken or vegetable broth for the water and maybe red pepper flakes for some punch.