Sausage and Rice Casserole

This Italian Sausage and Rice Casserole with Peppers is a back-on-track, one-pan plan kind of meal. It’s healthy food you won’t be sad to eat, weeknight fast, and leaves you with only one dish to wash at the end. Lean protein? Check! Veggies? Yep! Whole grains? Uh huh. The gang’s all here.

Quick and easy Italian Sausage and Rice Casserole. Cooks in ONE PAN! Smoky chicken sausage, juicy bell peppers, and brown rice in a tomato sauce. One of our favorite healthy weeknight dinners! Recipe at | @wellplated {gluten free}

This Italian sausage casserole recipe dates back to the the demise of our dishwasher a year ago and has been a trusty member of our dinner rotation ever since.

While it took Ben and me all of 30 minutes of internet browsing and 45 minutes at Best Buy to select a replacement dishwasher, between the calls to customer service, assorted visits from plumbers, and exhaustive debate about what is or is not up to “code,” our “free” installation took three weeks. It was a dark time in the life of a food blogger.

The benefit? I seriously amped up my collection of healthy one pan recipes.

On my totem pole of house chores, washing dishes is at the very bottom, above only snow shoveling (brrr) and vacuuming the basement storage room (ewww). Hence, I’m always looking for creative ways to cram a whole meal into a single pan. This Italian Sausage and Rice Casserole is a prime example.

All you need to make this Italian sausage recipe is a knife, a cutting board, a wooden spoon, and one sturdy skillet. Honestly, even if our dishwasher had been working the night I made it, I wouldn’t have even bothered to use it.

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