One-Pot Sausage, Rice, and Peas Dinner

This One-Pot Sausage, Rice, and Peas recipe is an easy dinner idea that the whole family will love. Plus it takes less than 30 minutes to make!

dsc_8167One-Pot Sausage, Rice, and Peas is an easy main dish that the whole family will love, and can be on your table in under 30 minutes.

A Quick & Easy Weeknight Dinner Idea

I’m working extra hard this fall on making you all kinds of one-pot, easy, family-friendly meals, and this One-Pot Sausage, Rice, and Peas Dinner has been one of our favorites! My friend Mary Younkin from the blog Barefeet in the Kitchen released a new cookbook a few weeks ago and this recipe is from it. The book is The Weeknight Dinner Cookbook: Simple Family-Friendly Recipes for Everyday Home Cooking. Doesn’t that sound like my kind of book?

Mary and I have been friends online for a few years now, and I even got the change to meet her this summer and spend a few days learning from her. She also showed me the wonder that is a cheese board, as well as virgin mojitos, so I really owe a lot to this woman. I actually helped to recipe test for for this cookbook before it was published too (so I’ve gotten to make lots of the recipes!), and it has a special place in my heart.

The Weeknight Dinner Cookbook is great not just because it features quick tasty meals, but because all the meals are also gluten-free or have gluten-free adaptations (Mary has a son who eats gluten-free, so she’s very good at making simple substitutions without the need of specialty ingredients). I love that!

Here’s how the book is divided up, which gives you a great peek at what is inside: 15-25 Minute Meals, 30-45 Minute Meals, 5-10 Minute Prep (Meals that cook on their own), Simple Side Dishes, Condiments and Spices, and Stress-Free Desserts.

So far, I’ve made and loved these recipes from the book: Mexican Seasoning Blend, Parmesan Herb Potatoes, Crunchy No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars, Fish Tacos with Jalapeño Lime Sauce, this Garlicky Peas and Rice with Kielbasa, Chorizo and Hash Brown Oven Omelet, Unstuffed Bell Pepper Pasta, and Philly Cheesesteak Potato Skillet. All were easy and got two big thumbs up from my family. I am putting one or two of the recipes from the book on my meal plan each week because I’ve got to try them all! The Lemon Butter Pasta with Tomatoes and Hearty All-Day Chili are on my list for this week.

You can buy Mary’s beautiful and well-written book, The Weeknight Dinner Cookbook, right here on Amazon.


One-Pot Sausage, Rice, and Peas

So this dish is awesome because it’s one-pot and so easy! I used smoked sausage that comes in one big link because that’s all our little store carries, but you could use all kind of kielbasas or other sausages for this dish. I think something spicy would be great too. You just brown up the sausage, add rice, broth, and seasoning, let the rice cook, and then add frozen peas and some green onions. It takes so little time to make – you’re pretty much just waiting for the rice to cook, which will give you time to cut up some fresh fruit or make a salad to go on the side.

I thought this was reminiscent of a mix between fried rice and jambalaya (both of which we love). I ended up putting some hot sauce on mine and my kids wanted a little soy sauce on theirs. You are going to love this one-pot sausage dish and Mary’s cookbook! I can’t wait for you to enjoy them both.

One-Pot Sausage, Rice, and Peas

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One Pot Sausage Rice and Peas Dinner

  • Author: Melissa Griffiths
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 5-6 1x


This One-Pot Sausage, Rice, and Peas recipe is an easy dinner idea that the whole family will love. Plus it takes less than 30 minutes to make!



  • 1 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1416 ounce smoked sausage (or kielbasa), sliced 1/4 inch thick
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 cups jasmine rice
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, if needed
  • 8 ounces frozen peas, about 1 1/2 cups
  • 4 green onions, sliced thin
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley


  1. Heat the oil in a large, deep-sided skillet or Dutch oven over medium high heat. Add the sausage and cook, stirring occasionally, until the sausage starts to brown and sear. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the broth, rice, garlic powder, and pepper. Stir and bring to a boil.
  2. Reduce the heat to low, maintaining a simmer, and cover with a lid. Cook for 18-20 minutes, until the rice is tender and all of the liquid is absorbed. Remove from the heat and add salt to taste. Stir in the peas, green onions, and parsley. Let the mixture rest for a few minutes before serving to heat the peas.


The amount of salt needed is going to depend on the type of broth you used, so taste as you go and adjust accordingly.

If you don’t have jasmine rice you can use any long grain white rice. I don’t recommend trying this with brown rice since it takes a long time to cook on the stove top and I’m not sure how much liquid you would need.

  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American
Nutrition Information: YIELD: 6 SERVING SIZE: 1 Bowl
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 143.2 Fat: 4.5g Cholesterol: 6.9mg Sodium: 604.3mg Carbohydrates: 20.2g Sugars: 2.4g Protein: 5.5g Vitamin A: 47.9µg Vitamin C: 9.1mg

Keywords: rice recipe, rice dinner recipe, easy dinner idea, quick dinner idea, healthy dinner, weeknight dinner

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One-Pot Sausage, Rice, and Peas will be ready in under 30 minutes.

Seriously, why are frozen peas so good? They are always sweet and tender and I don’t use them nearly enough. They were delicious with all the savory sausage, garlic, and onions.

Enjoy this recipe, from my home to yours, and don’t forget to check out The Weeknight Dinner Cookbook today!

Disclosure: I reviewed this cookbook for my friend Mary because she’s the best. I wasn’t paid anything do it and wanted to share it with you because I thought you would love it as much as I have.

One-Pot Sausage, Rice, and Peas

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Do you think it could work with orzo?

This was perfect. Nice, easy, flavorful recipe.

I made this with vegetarian sausage and added mushrooms and green beans, and it was super delicious. Thanks for the great recipe!

I’m always look for more dinner recipes that use rice, looks delish!

This is my type of dinner! It reminded me that I still have some summer sausage in the fridge and I’ll need to cook this tomorrow. Only I’m lazier so I’ll cook it in a rice cooker 😉 Thanks so much for introducing this amazing cookbook to us. Will check it out now!

This recipe looks amazing! I love how easy it is to make it and it takes no time at all) Perfect for a busy weekday night!

I’m giggling right now. I’ve been making a similar version of this for years and while my family loves it, they think it’s the strangest combination. So strange that I was somewhat embarrassed to ever share the recipe. Too funny. Thanks for sharing it….I’m not crazy. Yay!

I’m thrilled that you loved the recipes so much and that you’re enjoying the cookbook! I am so happy to have finally met you this year and had the chance to spend time with you. You bless me, friend.

this looks simple and delicious! I am going to check out that cookbook now, thanks!

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I’m Melissa, and I want to help you feed your family wholesome food.

As a hobby farmer and mom of five, I’m all about keeping it simple in the kitchen. I want healthy meals that feed my family well, and then I want to get back to my (messy) life. Let’s work together to find something yummy for your dinner table.