One-dish sausage jambalaya

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PREP TIME

5 min

Makes

4 servings

* PLUS Cooking time: 35 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 to 4 hot or sweet Italian sausages , coarsely chopped
  • 540-mL can undrained tomatoes , or seasoned stewed tomatoes
  • 1 1/2 cups uncooked long-grain rice
  • 1 tsp dried basil , or 2 to 4 tbsp coarsely chopped fresh basil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 sweet bell pepper , or zucchini, chopped

Instructions

  • Place a large wide saucepan over medium-high heat and add sausages. Stir occasionally as they brown, about 8 minutes. Drain off any fat.
  • Add can of tomatoes, including juice. Break up tomatoes with a fork. Stir in 1 can of water (about 2-1/4 cups), rice and basil. Stir in 1/2 teaspoon salt. Cover and bring to a boil. As soon as the mixture starts to boil, reduce the heat to low. Then, simmer for 20 minutes, stirring once partway through.
  • Stir in pepper or zucchini. Cover and simmer for 5 more minutes. Serve with a Caesar salad and fresh fruit.

With five minutes’ preparation, you can have a one-pot hot dinner on the table in about half an hour. And check out the suggestions below for more ideas.

Vegetarian tonight

Omit sausages and add a can of drained beans, lentils or chickpeas when you add vegetables. Or stir in grated Parmesan or cheddar or a crumbling of feta or goat cheese.

Jazzy Cajun

Instead of basil, stir in 1 teaspoon chili powder, 1/2 teaspoon each of dry mustard, leaf thyme and garlic powder, and 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper. For a truly fiery taste, add 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper.

New tastes

Other vegetables that work well in this recipe are frozen corn, peas, stir-fry or mixed vegetables. Instead of sausages, use bacon, ground beef or chicken, strips of chicken breasts or whole chicken thighs. For a great low-fat choice with a smoky taste, stir in cubes of smoked chicken or turkey after the mixture has simmered for 5 minutes.