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Sausage, Lentil and Rice Skillet

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When I need a quick and easy dinner I always turn to my Sausage, Lentil, and Rice recipe. This one-pan meal is a family favorite even our 2 picky eaters love it. With a simple ingredient list, I hope you’ll love this Sausage, Lentil, and Rice Skillet too.

What makes the Sausage Lentil Skillet Recipe a quick and easy dinner?

When I’m trying new recipes I like to make sure that the meals are easy to make, have very few ingredients and if I can make it in one pan, that’s a bonus. This meal meets all of those requirements! This was also one of the first lentil recipes we tried as a family and I was surprised that our whole favorite loved it! This recipe calls for Italian sausage but you can mix it up by adding hot sausage, sage sausage or even ground beef or turkey. We always love to top ours with diced fresh tomatoes and cheese.

I’ve shared this recipe with almost all of my friends and to this day they send me messages letting me know that they still make it often and love it. I hope you enjoy this meal, it’s the perfect weekday dinner to add to your meal plan.

Equipment needed to make Sausage, Lentil and Rice Skillet

Cutting Board – I love these color-coded boards, they don’t take up much room and are easy to clean

Tomato Knife – This is not necessary but once you have one it will be hard to live without it. It cuts tomatoes quickly without making a mess.

Skillet pan with lid – One thing I love about this recipe is that it only requires one pan. Be sure yours has a lid, this recipe requires time for the rice and lentils to cook through with a lid on. This pan I

Ingredients for sausage, lentil, and rice skillet recipe. Onions, Peppers, Italian sausage, rice, brown lentils, chicken broth, diced tomatoes and cheese.

Ingredients you need to make Sausage, Lentil and Rice Skillet

  • 1 pound Italian sausage – You can use loose sausage or sausage links, just be sure to remove the meat from the casing first.
  • 1 onion chopped – I like to use a vidalia onion in this recipe
  • 1 green bell pepper chopped – You can substitute a red or yellow pepper if you like a sweeter pepper flavor.
  • 1/2 cup dry brown lentils – This recipe uses brown lentils, they are hardy and cook at about the same rate as the rice, which is important so it cooks evenly.
  • 1/2 cup uncooked rice – I prefer a white basmati rice but you can use any regular white rice. Do not use minute rice.
  • 1 2/3 cups chicken broth – I have been using this chicken broth concentrate for months and we really love the flavor.
  • Shredded Mozarella or Monterey Jack Cheese – You can also use cheddar cheese if you prefer.
  • Salsa or diced fresh tomatoes – We love fresh tomatoes on this recipe but it is optional.
Ingredients for sausage, lentil, and rice skillet recipe. Onions, Peppers, Italian sausage, rice, brown lentils, chicken broth, diced tomatoes and cheese.

How to make this Sausage, Lentil and Rice Skillet Recipe

Step 1: Prepare Sausage and Lentils

If you are using sausage links, remove the sausage from the casing. Set aside.

Rinse and sift through your brown lentils, looking for any stones to remove.

Step 2: Prepare the vegetables

Chop your onions and green peppers. Set aside.

Step 3: Cook your italian sausage

In a large saucepan brown the sausage until it is cooked through. (About 5 minutes)

Drain any excess grease.

Cooking Italian Sausage in skillet

Step 4: Add Onions and Peppers

Add onion and green pepper, and saute until the onions are cooked.

Adding onions and peppers to skillet to saute.

Step 5: Add Lentils and Rice

Stir in the lentils, rice, and chicken broth.

Adding rice and brown lentils to skillet. Pouring chicken broth over the top.

Step 6: Simmer Sausage, Lentils and Rice

Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 30-40 minutes until rice and lentils are cooked through.

Finished Sausage Lentil and Rice Skillet dinner recipe in pan on cutting board.

Step 7: Garnish and Serve Sausage, Lentil and Rice Skillet

We like to serve these with Monterey jack cheese and fresh diced tomatoes or salsa on top.

Sausage, brown lentils and rice on white plate with garnish of tomatoes and cheese.

Sausage, Lentil and Rice Skillet Recipe

Sausage Lentil Skillet Recipe

Sausage, Lentil and Rice Skillet

Donna
This is a fast and easy one-pan recipe for busy nights. Italian Sausage mixed with brown lentils and rice create a delicious and hearty meal that your whole family will love!
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 212 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 pound Italian sausage Loose – or removed from casings
  • 1 Onion Chopped
  • 1 Green bell pepper Chopped
  • 1/2 cup Dry brown lentils
  • 1/2 cup Uncooked rice
  • 1 2/3 cups Chicken broth
  • Shredded Mozarella or Monterey Jack Cheese
  • Salsa or diced fresh tomatoes

Instructions
 

  • In a large saucepan brown the sausage until it is cooked through.
  • Add onion and green pepper, and saute until the onions are cooked.
  • Stir in the lentils, rice and chicken broth.
  • Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 30 minutes.
  • We like to serve these with monterey jack cheese and fresh diced tomatoes or salsa

Nutrition

Calories: 212kcal
Keyword casserole, italian sausage, lentil, One Pan Meal
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5 Comments

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    Lydia
    December 13, 2019 at 7:35 pm

    This was a big hit with my family! All the kids devoured it and said I need to make it again. 🙂 And I loved that it was easy and inexpensive! Definitely going on my regular recipes to make list!

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    5 stars
    Very delicious and super simple to make!

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