Mardi Gras is just around the corner, and this Quick and Easy Jambalaya Casserole is a delicious twist on the New Orleans classic. The rice, chicken, shrimp, and sausage all cook together in one dish, making this a simple one-dish meal that involves almost no preparation and very little clean-up. Does it get any better than that?! It's pure, flavor-packed comfort food!
Can you believe that Valentine’s Day is almost here?! With Mardi Gras right around the corner, I thought that it would be appropriate to share a classic New Orleans dish with you today. As with most of my recipes, however, I have simplified this meal to make it super-fast, super-easy, and very family-friendly. Trust me – you are going to LOVE this Quick and Easy Jambalaya Casserole!
I love all of the flavor components in a traditional jambalaya, but my crazy schedule doesn’t always allow me to simmer a big pot on the stove for a long period of time, and it certainly doesn’t allow for recipes that involve a lot of preparation or a lot of steps. That’s why this particular casserole is so ideal for busy parents like us! You just stir together the raw ingredients, bake them, and you’re done! That’s right – you don’t have to cook the rice in advance, you don’t have to cook any of the meat or seafood in advance, and you only get one dish dirty!
As if you needed an added bonus, I’m here with even more good news: you can prep this meal in advance when your schedule allows. This is KEY for me, since a baby and two preschoolers often leave me tired, distracted, and overwhelmed at the 5 p.m. dinner hour. Instead, I love that I can stir together the ingredients in the morning while my little guy naps and my older two are in school, cover it with foil, and keep it in the fridge until I’m ready to bake it. It makes my evening routine so much smoother! I have even prepped this a couple of days in advance, with perfect results. Another option? Prep it over the weekend and keep it (unbaked) in your freezer until you’re ready to eat it. Again, it’s a flexible recipe that accommodates YOUR schedule!
I have been making different versions of this casserole for years because it has been a favorite with my kids since they first learned to eat solid foods. It’s a perfect lesson in offering all types of food to your little ones – you never know what they’re going to love! I was shocked the first time that my kids devoured this Cajun specialty as toddlers, and my husband enjoys it just as much as the boys do. You can tailor the spice to suit your family’s taste buds by scaling back the seasoning or ramping it up with some hot sauce. Anything goes!
And if you're looking for other delicious and simple comfort food casseroles, try these favorites: