This jambalaya recipe is great for a weeknight because it’s easy, budget friendly and it’s all done in 1 pot.
For my jambalaya I like to use sausage but you can absolutely change out the protein. I love dishes like this because it’s easy to sneak in tons of veggies. I chose to add in green onion, spinach, jalapeño, diced tomatoes & mushrooms but you can definitely make this your own and use up any veggies you have laying around. This dish is a meal all by itself and I find that it doesn’t need any side dishes.
Time from start to finish: about 35 minutes
Makes about 6 servings
*Does not contain dairy or seafood
What you’ll need:
1lb ground sausage
1 kielbasa sausage (approx 12oz, any flavor you prefer)
1/2 onion chopped
1 bell pepper chopped
2 cups chicken broth (any broth you have on hand will work)
1 cup uncooked rice (any type of white rice will work)
2 gloves garlic minced
1 tbs tomato paste
1 small can diced tomatoes
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 tbs cajun seasoning (can bump it up to 1 tbs if you like spice)
salt & pepper to taste
1 tbs oil
1/2 cup mushrooms chopped
2 big handfuls of baby spinach
chopped green onion for garnish
1 jalapeño chopped
-Add oil to a pot and heat over medium heat. Here is the Dutch oven I use and love https://amzn.to/36xIDjo
-Add ground sausage to the pot, break apart and cook until no longer pink
-While the sausage is cooking chop your veggies, garlic & kielbasa sausage
-Once the ground sausage is cooked add the onion, bell pepper, jalapeño, garlic, mushrooms & tomato paste to the pot and cook for about 5 minutes stirring often
-Next add in the rice, diced tomatoes, thyme, Cajun seasoning, salt & pepper and bring to a boil
A watched pot never boils…
-Lower the heat to medium low, cover and cook for about 20 minutes until the rice is fully cooked and most of the liquid has been absorbed. Be sure to stir and scrape the bottom of the pot every few minutes to keep the rice from sticking
– Once the rice is cooked turn off the heat, add spinach & cover for a couple of minutes to allow the spinach to wilt
-Stir in the spinach and now the dish is ready to serve!
I serve this dish topped with green onion
I know what you’re thinking, 2 types of sausage is not budget friendly but don’t worry. I’ve made this exact dish with just the kielbasa sausage and it is still delicious and flavorful!
-As I mentioned before, you can change the protein and veggies to suit your taste, just be sure to cook them properly
-I usually keep chopped onion and bell pepper in my freezer and I will add them to my dishes from frozen. Keeping the onion and bell pepper in the freezer gives them a much longer shelf life and they cook well from frozen.
Here is a link to the bone broth that I used for this recipe https://imperfectashly.com/2021/02/06/easy-and-cheap-homemade-bone-broth/
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