From vibrant chorizo to smoky Andouille, these sausage and rice recipes are sure to hit the spot.
They’re meaty, filling, and ideal for families.
The best thing about cooking with sausages is that there are so many varieties to choose from.
You can have sweet or spicy, pork or chicken, links or crumbles, and they’re all so full of flavor!
And from classic red beans and rice to stuffed peppers and even fried rice, these sausage and rice recipes are some of the best ways to showcase it.
Let’s get to it!
20 Best Sausage Recipes with Rice
1. Smoked Sausage and Rice
Think of this smoked sausage and rice recipe like jambalaya without the tastebud-melting spice!
It’s the perfect one-pot meal that doesn’t shy away from bright flavors.
Smoked sausage is the main event. And whether you choose Conecuh, kielbasa, or chorizo, all those rich smokey flavors melt into the rice.
Throw in some fresh veggies, and it’s a beautiful bone-warming meal for the winter.
2. Sausage Veggie Rice Bowls
Sausage and rice recipes have a reputation for being heavy, but this dish is surprisingly light.
Serve it for lunch or dinner, and you’ll be more than satisfied.
It pairs a link of your favorite sausages, like Italian or Kielbasa, with rice and a bright veggie salad.
While the flavors shine on their own, a tasty salad dressing marries it all together nicely.
3. Sausage and Rice Casserole
Looking for something a little healthier?
This sausage casserole with rice is hearty like any good casserole, but thanks to the healthy ingredients, it won’t undo your diet.
It pairs lean sausage (like turkey or chicken) with plenty of veggies and whole-grain rice.
The best part? All the ingredients cook in one pan, so you don’t need to spend your evening washing dishes.
4. Easy One-Skillet Sausage and Peppers with Rice
Short on time? It doesn’t get much easier and quicker than this one-skillet sausage, rice, and pepper recipe.
When you put sausages and veggies together, they deliver a ton of flavor without the need to bust out the spice rack.
A simple mix of peppers, onions, and garlic sets the perfect stage for spicy Italian sausage.
Ready in 30 minutes, it’s comfort food done right.
5. Italian Sausage Rice Skillet
This super quick Italian sausage and rice dish is an easy, hands-off meal.
You’ll throw all the ingredients into a skillet and then let it work its magic as you catch up on your e-mails.
White beans add another pop of protein, making this meal incredibly filling. Think of it like a hearty chili packed with veggies.
6. Sausage & Herb Stuffed Peppers
It’s stuffed peppers, only better.
While most stuffed peppers call for ground beef, sausage is my favorite way to boost the flavor without going overboard on spices.
Stuff those babies with a yummy rice and sausage mix, cover them with plenty of cheese, and bake until gooey and delicious.
7. Italian Sausage and Brown Rice Stuffed Acorn Squash
You’ve heard of stuffed peppers, but what about stuffed squash?
Specifically, acorn squash, which has a lovely sweet note you don’t get from mild and earthy bell peppers.
That hint of sweetness pairs beautifully with meat sausage!
Top them with plenty of Parmesan cheese, and then it’s off for a quick spin in the oven. Pretty easy, huh?
8. 30-Minute Italian Sausage, Vegetable, and Rice Soup
You don’t have to spend all day babysitting soup for an excellent and hearty dish – just make this recipe!
This Italian sausage, vegetable, and rice soup comes together in just 30 minutes and is perfect for a hectic winter evening.
Pair fragrant Italian sausage (that infuses the broth with so much meaty goodness) with veggies and rice, and no one will go to bed hungry!
9. Creamy Wild Rice and Sausage Soup
Has chicken noodle overstayed its welcome? You tell me!
Why not put that same old soup recipe aside and try this creamy wild rice and sausage recipe instead?
It starts with the holy trio of traditional soup veggies: carrots, onions, and celery. From there, you’ll add creamy chicken stock infused with thyme.
Throw in some salty sausage and wild rice, and you’ll have a super filling dinner ready in a flash.
10. Instant Pot Sausage and Rice
It’s Instant Pot season! And what’s better than a quick 15-minute meal (including prep) to start your week with a bang?
Just add sausage and rice to the pot with garlic, paprika, and onion, then sit back and let the magic happen.
It’s picky-eater-approved and even great for leftovers the next day.
11. Instant Pot Cheesy Sausage And Rice
I’m drooling just thinking about this meaty, cheesy rice. Seriously, cheesy, gooey rice with smoked sausage is like magic on a plate.
There’s a hint of crunch from the veggies, but it’s mostly tender and deliciously salty.
Better yet, it comes together in just 15 minutes.
Aren’t Instant Pots the best?
12. Instant Pot Cajun Sausage and Rice
Strap in; it’s another Instant Pot recipe!
This Cajun sausage and rice dinner is a must-try if you want something spicy and filling.
While any style of smoked sausage works in this dish, if you want authentic Creole flavors, Andouille is your best option.
The smokey sausage takes this quick dish to new heights when paired with the fun blend of seasonings.
13. Andouille Sausage with Red Beans and Rice
One of my all-time favorite comfort food meals is red beans and rice. I first had it in New Orleans and fell instantly in love.
It, too, pairs smokey Andouille sausage with red beans and rice in a hearty and spicy tomato broth.
When served over a bed of steamy white rice, it’s an easy and budget-friendly meal everyone will love.
14. 15-Minute Mexican Sausage, Black Beans, and Rice Skillet
If black beans are more your speed, try this vibrant Mexican dish instead.
It’s colorful, filling, and fully loaded with all your favorite Tex-Mex flavors, including black beans, corn, peppers, and cilantro.
15. Sausage and Mushroom Wild Rice
This dish is more suited as a side for your next holiday meal. That said, it’s certainly hearty enough to be dinner on its own!
Between the mix of dried mushrooms, spicy ground sausage, and herbs and spices, it’s incredibly flavorful and textural.
Add a fried egg on top, and it’s great for breakfast!
16. Butternut Squash Risotto with Sausage and Crispy Sage
I adore butternut squash, and risotto is always a hit in my house.
But if I’m being honest, this simple rice dish is often a little lackluster. It needs something else to give you a bit of variety.
Enter the sausage!
I like to cook it separately, so it gets nice and crispy. That way, you get more flavor and texture in every forkful.
17. Sausage Dirty Rice
The fun thing about dirty sausage rice is that it makes a fantastic side dish or a full meal.
Featuring ground sausage with a savory chicken stock base, there’s plenty of white rice marries to soak up all those rich flavors.
Plus, this quick and easy dish comes together in under 30 minutes.
18. Spanish Chorizo Rice
Hot, spicy, and wonderful meaty, chorizo might just be my favorite sausage of all time.
Not only does it add incredible flavor to any dish, but it infuses its oils too, so the rice turns a lovely red-orange hue.
Add some corn, peas, and a spicy tomato sauce, and you’re all set.
19. Sausage Zucchini and Brown Rice Skillet (One pan)
Zucchini is a surprisingly versatile vegetable. And if you’ve got veggie haters at home, you need to try this sausage dish.
The zucchini takes center stage in this recipe, so it’s nice and light.
That said, the sausage and rice amp up the flavor profile so well.
20. 20-Minute Thai Red Curry Sausage Fried Rice
In the mood for Asian fare? This super simple sausage fried rice is brimming with bold flavors and tastes even better than takeout.
It earns a scrumptious kick from the Thai red curry paste, which you can adjust depending on how spicy you like it.
The only thing missing is a crispy fried egg on top! Yum!
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