Today I’m sharing a family recipe with you that was given to me by my Mother-in-Law, who if I remember correctly, got it from her MIL! It’s named for what it is- a ‘Rice Dish’, which may sound a little plain, but I can tell you the flavors are anything but basic. It is a very simple recipe to prepare, but so delicious! Full of rice, sausage + peppers, it can eat like a meal on its own, but is also great to serve as a side dish to your meal. I have brought this dish to countless potlucks, and its always a hit. And we love to serve it during the holidays!
Rice Dish- [Serves 4-8]
Prep Time: 10 Minutes/ Cook Time: 1 Hour/ Total Time: 1 Hour + 10 Minutes
1 cup Long Grain White Rice
1 lb. Ground Pork Sausage (I like Jimmy Dean brand)
1 packet Lipton Chicken Noodle Soup Mix (reference product photos below)
1 stalk Celery
1/2 Red Bell Pepper
1/2 Green Bell Pepper
1/4 medium Yellow Onion
2 cup Water
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large skillet, begin browning the pork sausage.
- While cooking the sausage, finely chop the celery, bell peppers + onion into small pieces and set aside. (Be sure to check and stir the sausage occasionally while chopping your veggies).
- When sausage is done browning, transfer from the skillet to a bowl lined with paper towels to drain excess grease.
- In a 2 qt. baking dish, add rice, chopped veggies, soup mix packet, and drained sausage. Stir together well, being sure to evenly distribute the seasoning from the soup mix.
- Add the water to the baking dish, and stir again well. Gently pat down the mixture into an even layer in the dish, ensuring the liquid is even with the other ingredients.
- Bake for 1 hour, stirring once after 30 minutes. Stir well, being sure to scrape the bottom and sides of the dish. Repeat the same method as above after stirring, by gently patting down the mixture into an even layer before returning to the oven.
- After the bake time is complete, fluff with a fork and enjoy!
Here are a few quick tips when making this recipe:
-You can amp up the flavor by selecting a pork sausage with seasoning in it. Try ‘Sage’ for the holidays, or a ‘Hot’, spicy sausage if you like heat! You can even substitute the water for chicken, vegetable or beef broth.
-This recipe easily doubles! Think about doubling it if you are bringing this to a holiday gathering, potluck, or if you want to freeze extra to save for an easy meal later! It freezes great, and when you want to eat it, just thaw overnight and heat up in the microwave the next day.
– Be precise with your rice measurement. Adding too much rice + not enough liquid can result in a dry rice.
-See below for product photos to reference when shopping for your ingredients:
I hope y’all love this family recipe, thanks so much for joining me here on the blog today. ❤️