Red Rice and Sausage

Red Rice and Sausage


"Red rice and sausage is a Charleston favorite. I like to use turkey sausage, another good alternative is Italian sausage."

Ingredients 2 h 30 m {{adjustedServings}} servings 467 cals

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  • Calories:
  • 467 kcal
  • 23%
  • Fat:
  • 11.9 g
  • 18%
  • Carbs:
  • 68.3g
  • 22%
  • Protein:
  • 19.4 g
  • 39%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 61 mg
  • 20%
  • Sodium:
  • 1258 mg
  • 50%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Combine the rice and water in a saucepan, and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes, until rice is tender and the water has been absorbed. Set aside.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  3. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add the bacon, and brown on each side. Add the onion, garlic and green peppers to the skillet, and cook until soft, stirring frequently. Mix in the sausage, and cook until hot, then pour in the tomatoes. Cook just until heated through. Stir in the cooked rice and spaghetti sauce. Season with Italian seasoning, salt and pepper. Transfer to a large casserole dish, and cover with a lid or aluminum foil.
  4. Bake for 1 hour in the preheated oven, then remove the lid, and cook for an additional 15 minutes.
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Sorry to be to the contrary on this recipe..but I am a NATIVE Charlestonian..and my Grandmothers and Great Aunts handed down the recipe through our family (Gaillard)...the red rice "I" have grown to know, love and STILL make...starts with a tomato sauce or paste cooked to a soup and THEN rice is added and cooks and soaks up the a 'dry' rice dish...this was not AUTHENTIC !


Everytime we fix this dish it is perfect & it makes for great leftovers, as there are only 2 of us. Neither of us eat peppers or onions, so we fix ours without them. We tend to use spicy or mild Italian sausage in place of the smoked turkey sausage & bacon. Either way, it's delicious!


Surprisingly great. After reading other reviews, I chose to put all ingredients in a 13x9 pan (after frying up the onions, garlic, sausage, etc) and bake at 375 for 1hr. The consistency of my rice was good, not mushy. I also added a can of white beans.