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Easy Sausage and Peppers Over Rice Recipe

Get ready for a flavor-packed dinner that’s as easy as it is delicious! Our Easy Sausage and Peppers Over Rice recipe is a one-pot meal  that’s perfect for busy weeknights or when you need a comforting meal that the whole family will love.

easy sausage and peppers over rice recipe.

With school back in session, I don’t have the time to linger over a home-cooked meal that takes me hours to cook.

I repeat:I don’t have time. 

I’ve modified a lot of my regular recipes and I do a lot of meal prep on Sundays.  But one of my go-to recipes happens to be this easy Skillet Sausage and Peppers over rice that my mother used to make when I was a kid.

Its simple, easy and the best thing is that it is a one pot meal. With a medley of colorful bell peppers, rice, and the smoky goodness of Kielbasa sausage, this dish is a delicious dinner.  Let’s dive into this easy meal!

This easy sausage and peppers recipe is the perfect back to school weeknight meal

Ingredients needed for Sausage and Peppers over rice. 

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  • 1 package of Kielbasa sausage
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 Bell Pepper, chopped
  •  Olive Oil
  • can of stewed tomatoes
  • can of tomato sauce
  • White , Brown Rice or jasmine Rice 

How to make This Recipe

The Steps are Easy:

Cut up your sausage and throw it into a low skillet to brown it on each side.

Cut up sausage for this easy weeknight recipe

Chop up onions and green peppers…..

chop up bell pepppers
chop up peppers

Throw them all in a large skillet and add a can of stewed tomatoes and a can of tomato sauce.

Serve over rice.

Literally…that’s IT!

Easy skillet sausage and peppers over Success rice..perfect for a weeknight meal

There is practically no prep. Or rather,the prep is easy and can be done while you are cooking or the night before if you need to.  It’s easy to chop up the sausage and veggies the night before and store in the refrigerator until you are ready to cook.

FAQs for Sausage and Peppers over Rice:

Q1: Can I use other types of sausage for this recipe?

A: Absolutely! You can experiment with different sausages like smoked sausage, chicken sausage, turkey sausage, or even andouille sausage for a spicier kick.

Q2: How long does it take to cook this recipe?

A: The cooking time for this one-skillet dinner with prep is approximately 25-30 minutes, making it a perfect weeknight meal.

Tips and Tricks:

  • Searing for Flavor: Start by searing the sausage in a hot cast iron skillet. This step adds a rich, smoky flavor to the dish.
  • Italian Seasoning: To enhance the taste, add a sprinkle of Italian seasoning to the dish.
  • Cajun Twist: For a spicy Italian sausage variation, use a Cajun seasoning blend and a pinch of cayenne pepper.
  • Storage: Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for a quick and tasty dinner the next day.


  • Cheesy Rice: Add grated parmesan cheese on top for an extra layer of flavor.
  • Cauliflower Rice: Swap the regular rice with cauliflower rice for a low-carb alternative.
  • Sheet Pan Sausage: Transform this into a sheet pan meal by roasting the sausage and peppers in the oven for fewer dishes to clean up.

Where to Serve:

This versatile dish is perfect for family dinners, potlucks, or even as a colorful addition to your next gathering.

Common Problems and How to Avoid Them:

Problem: Soggy rice.

Solution: Ensure you measure the rice and liquid correctly. Follow the package instructions for the type of rice you’re using.

Problem: Overcooking the sausage.

Solution: Keep an eye on the internal temperature of the sausage; it should reach 160°F (71°C).

Tips for Making this Recipe with Kids:

  • Let the kids help chop the bell peppers and onion (under supervision).
  • Have them stir the ingredients in the skillet with a wooden spoon.

Topping Options:

  • Fresh parsley
  • Red pepper flakes

So, grab your skillet and create this easy  flavorful meal that’s sure to become a family favorite. It’s comfort food, quick!  And remember, for more delicious easy, weeknight recipes, check out the recipes below.

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Easy Sausage and Peppers over Rice

LaShawn Wiltz
Easy One Pot Sausage and Peppers over Rice
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 1 package of Kielbasa sausage
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 Bell Pepper Chopped
  • 1 tbsp of Olive Oil
  • 1 16 oz can of stewed tomatoes
  • 1 8 oz can of tomato sauce
  • White or Brown Rice


  • 1. Brown Sausage in Skillet on both sides
  • 2. Remove Sausage and add 1 tablespoon of Olive Oil
  • 3. Add in Peppers and Onions
  • 4. Saute until soft, after 5 minutes.
  • 5. Add 1 can of stewed tomatoes. Cover and turn down hit to simmer for 5 minutes
  • 6. Add back in sausage and 1/2 -1 can of tomato sauce and let warm up.
  • 7. Serve over rice.
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Recipe Rating

Chrishelle Ebner

Friday 19th of August 2016

I love sausage and onions. Your version looks pretty good. I bet it is awesome over rice.

Marielle Altenor

Thursday 18th of August 2016

Oh! That looks delicious! I love sausages. Over rice or pasta this would be perfect! I usually prep supper while my son does homework!


Wednesday 17th of August 2016

Sausage and peppers is one of our staple meals - we love it over rice too! Now I'm craving it!!

Robin Rue

Wednesday 17th of August 2016

This looks like it would be a total win as a week night meal in my house. Back to school season is always so hectic.

Nikka Shae

Wednesday 17th of August 2016

This looks amazing, I will definitely try this in my house.