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Cajun Sausage and Rice Skillet

  • Author: One Lovely Life
  • Total Time: 30-35 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 Servings 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


This easy one pan dinner comes together in a flash, but packs some serious flavor. A family-friendly dinner that’s easy enough to make any night of the week! (Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free)


  • 1 Tbsp. butter, ghee, or olive oil
  • 1 (12oz) package kielbasa sausage, sliced (feel free to use beef, pork, or turkey sausage)
  • 2 bell peppers, diced (I like using 2 different colors)
  • 3 green onions, sliced
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 12 cups spinach, roughly torn or chopped
  • 4 Tbsp. tomato paste
  • 1 cup chicken broth or veggie broth
  • 1/21 tsp. Cajun seasoning (I usually use about 3/4 tsp.)
  • 1/4 tsp salt (or, to taste)
  • 3 cups cooked rice
  • 23 Tbsp. chopped cilantro or parsley for garnish (optional)


  1. Warm butter or oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
  2. Add sliced sausage and cook 8-10 minutes, or until browned and caramelized to your desired preference. Remove sausage from pan and set aside on a large clean plate/bowl.
  3. Add diced bell peppers to the same skillet and cook 4-5 minutes, or until crisp-tender. (Cook 1-2 minutes longer if you don’t want any bite at all.)
  4. Add sliced green onions, garlic, and spinach to the peppers. Cook 1-2 minutes longer on medium heat, until spinach is wilted and the garlic is fragrant. Remove vegetables and set aside.
  5. Add tomato paste, broth, 1/2 tsp. Cajun seasoning and the salt to the pan and cook, whisking or stirring until the mixture is smooth. Cook the mixture 3-4 minutes, or until slightly thickened and smooth. Taste and add additional salt or Cajun seasoning, to taste. (You want it to be a bit strong-tasting, since the rice and veggies will dilute the flavor a bit.)
  6. Return cooked sausage and vegetables to the pan and add the cooked rice. Stir to coat with the sauce. Cook just 1-2 minutes longer to encourage the rice to absorb some of the liquid and allow the flavors to meld.
  7. Taste and add salt or pepper, to your liking. Garnish with cilantro or parsley and serve warm.
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20-25 minutes
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

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