With just 5 simple ingredients and about 10 minutes of prep, this Dump-and-Bake Sausage, Red Beans and Rice Casserole is an easy dinner recipe for your busy weeknights. The quintessential New Orleans favorite is a flavorful, comforting, and kid-friendly one dish meal!
My 3 boys have officially returned to school, which means that our schedule has drastically changed from the slower days of summer!
Instead of quiet mornings at home and afternoon pool dates, we've now transitioned into the craziness of fall: complete with 3 different soccer teams to juggle, 3 different sets of homework to keep track of, and all of the other volunteer and work-related commitments that have picked back up again. To say that my schedule is full would be an understatement!
These days, after I pick the kids up from school, we usually have about an hour and a half at home before we're rushing back out the door. That means that I need to get dinner prepped, the kids fed, homework completed, and outfits changed in this short amount of time -- just so that we can make it to the practice fields by 5:30.
That's why dump-and-bake meals are a necessity in my life right now. Without help from Zatarain's products like this Red Beans and Rice Mix, we'd be heading to the drive-thru more often than I'd like to admit!
Dinners made with Zatarain's include real, wholesome ingredients that aren't just full of flavor, but that will also keep your family full and healthy!
HOW DO I COOK RED BEANS AND RICE WITH SAUSAGE?
This easy dump-and-bake version of red beans and rice combines smoked sausage, veggies, and a zesty rice mix in one dish for a quick dinner any night of the week.
You'll only spend about 10 minutes prepping the ingredients, and then you can pop the casserole in the oven while you tackle the rest of your to-do list. Dinnertime doesn't have to be stressful...I promise!
Here's how you can assemble one of our favorite Cajun meals in just minutes:
First, slice smoked sausage into rounds. This fully-cooked meat adds so much flavor to the dish, and the extra protein turns the red beans and rice into a satisfying entrée.
Every good southern casserole needs to include the "holy trinity" of Creole cooking: bell peppers, onion, and celery.
Once the ingredients are chopped, you simply combine everything in your dish (or in a separate bowl).
By using this Zatarain's Rice Dinner Mix, there's no need to spend time measuring out spices because they have already been carefully selected, harvested and added to preserve flavor. Plus, the 100 U.S. grown, parboiled long grain rice isn't made with fillers like other grocery store rice mixes. It's quality rice that will still be good the next day as leftovers (if you have any)!
Add plenty of water for the rice to absorb as it bakes,
and give it a good stir.
Then just dump-and-bake! It looks like a lot of liquid, but the rice will soak up most of that water as the casserole cooks.
The end result is a rich, hearty, and satisfying dinner recipe that accommodates your family's hectic schedule. What more could we ask for?!
I hope that you'll stash these 5 basic ingredients in your kitchen to help with cozy last-minute meals this season! And while you're at it, pick up a couple of other boxes of Zatarain's Rice Mix to keep in your pantry. The packages are a perfect shortcut for even more easy recipes like Slow Cooker Chicken & Shrimp Jambalaya or Shrimp & Veggie Cilantro Lime Rice.
Dump-and-Bake Sausage, Red Beans and Rice Casserole
- 14 ounces smoked sausage, cut into ¼-inch rounds
- ½ cup diced onion
- 1 green bell pepper, diced
- ¼ cup diced celery
- 1 package (8 ounces) Zatarain’s Red Beans and Rice mix
- 2 ½ cups water
- Garnish: sliced green onion and/or fresh parsley
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Spray an 8-inch or 9-inch square baking dish with cooking spray.
- In the prepared dish (or in a separate bowl), stir together all of the uncooked ingredients until completely combined.
- Cover tightly with foil and bake for 50 mins.
- Remove foil, stir, and return to the oven (uncovered) for 5-10 more minutes, or until rice is tender and most of the liquid is absorbed.
- Fluff with a fork, allow to sit for about 5 minutes, garnish with sliced green onion and/or parsley, and serve!