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Southern Red Rice & Sausage

Course Main Course
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 5 People


  • 2 cups white rice
  • 1 lb sausage links, cut into thin strips
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 medium onion, medium dice
  • 1 bell pepper, medium dice
  • 3 cup water
  • 4 oz can of tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 dash cayenne to taste
  • salt & pepper to taste


  • Cook sausage until browned in a large pot over med-high heat
  • Add bell pepper, onion, and garlic and cook until translucent – about 3 minutes
  • Add butter and rice, cook until rice is slightly browned – about 3 minutes
  • Slowly add water and remaining ingredients, stir to incorporate thoroughly.
  • Reduce heat to medium-low and cover. Let cook for 15 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes.
  • If you need more water add small amounts as needed.  Cook until rice is tender.
  • Enjoy!


** White rice doesn’t form a fluffy rice, but a stickier rice. 
You can easily make this in the instant pot. Follow the recipe as is, until it’s time to cook the rice for 15 minutes. At that point, set your instant pot for manual 10 minutes with the rice, sausage, veggies, & water inside. Let it come to natural release for 2-3 minutes before releasing the remaining steam.