Dirty Rice with Sweet Italian Sausage

Dirty Rice with Sweet Italian Sausage 2

Dirty Rice with Sweet Italian Sausage 1

Dirty Rice with Sweet Italian Sausage 3

Recipe from Food Network; adapted slightly

It’s been a long-time goal of mine to share recipes here on the blog and now I’m finally getting around to it! As I mentioned in this post, I’m trying to cook more in 2013 and test out a new recipe every week. Now, I’m definitely not claiming to be a great cook or anything like that, and I did not create this recipe myself, but when I try out a easy and tasty recipe, I feel like it would be worth sharing here on the blog, no?


  • 2 cups long grain white rice
  • 5 cups chicken stock, divided
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 pound smoked pork sausage, sliced*
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 stalk celery, chopped**
  • 1 medium green bell pepper, chopped**
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley leaves
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

*   I used sweet Italian sausage since that’s what I had- still turned out great!
** I didn’t have green peppers or celery, but I did have carrots so I added those instead.


Make the rice, in a medium saucepan combine the rice and chicken stock. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer until all the stock is absorbed into the rice, about 20 minutes (also, I didn’t have enough chicken stock for cooking both the rice and to add to the entire mix later, so I used regular water when making the rice).

Meanwhile heat oil in a heavy-bottomed saute pan over medium-high heat. Brown the sausage. Once browned, add the garlic, onion, celery, and green bell pepper. Cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Add 1 cup chicken stock and cayenne. Cook until the stock has reduced a little. Add the cooked rice and parsley and stir thoroughly. Taste and season with salt and pepper, if necessary.

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  1. Katherine wrote:

    Yes! I love recipes :) please share future ones :)


    Posted 1.11.13 Reply
    • Nnenna wrote:

      Awesome, thanks for the feedback Kat!

      Posted 1.14.13 Reply
  2. Rachel wrote:

    This looks really yum, my fiance and I pretty much live off of rice dishes with garlic haha.


    Posted 1.11.13 Reply
    • Nnenna wrote:

      Mmm, I love rice too- I could eat it all the time! :)

      Posted 1.14.13 Reply
  3. Emily Spada wrote:

    This looks delish! Try it with orzo, too. Just like rice, but it’s actually a pasta.

    Posted 1.11.13 Reply
    • Nnenna wrote:

      Thanks Emily! And I bet it would be delicious with orzo too- thanks for the rec! :)

      Posted 1.14.13 Reply
  4. laura wrote:

    yum! Anything with rice and I’m sold! :) LOVE the new layout by the way, Nnenna!

    ♥ laura

    the blog of worldly delightsthe shop of worldly delights

    Posted 1.11.13 Reply
    • Nnenna wrote:

      Thanks so much Laura! :D

      Posted 1.14.13 Reply
  5. Marian wrote:

    I love getting new ideas for foods to try. This recipe looks tasty. :)

    Posted 1.11.13 Reply
    • Nnenna wrote:

      Great, thanks so much for your comment Marian!

      Posted 1.14.13 Reply
  6. Lyddiegal wrote:

    I’m always interested in recipes, I need to broaden my cooking horizons.

    Posted 1.11.13 Reply
    • Nnenna wrote:

      That’s exactly what I’m trying to do this year as well. You’ll have to let me know if you try any good recipes too!

      Posted 1.14.13 Reply
  7. Andrea Carol wrote:

    That looks delicious!

    Posted 1.11.13 Reply
  8. Eli wrote:

    Mmm you’ve just made me so hungry! Gonna have to try this soon!!

    Posted 1.12.13 Reply
    • Nnenna wrote:

      Awesome- let me know how it goes if you do end up trying it!

      Posted 1.14.13 Reply
  9. m wrote:
    Posted 1.12.13 Reply
  10. Yum! You know I never cook in New York any more (except for toast), but I’m always interested in seeing new recipes. Maybe I’ll cook again one day… like when I have a kitchen with a sink.

    Posted 1.13.13 Reply
    • Nnenna wrote:

      Yeah, it’s hard to cook when you don’t have a proper kitchen! We still need to get more countertop in our kitchen and then we’d have a bit more space when making meals.

      Posted 1.14.13 Reply
  11. Jessica wrote:

    I might try to whip a vegetarian version of this next weekend to take for my lunch next week.


    Posted 1.13.13 Reply
    • Nnenna wrote:

      I’m sure that would be tasty too! :)

      Posted 1.14.13 Reply