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One Pot Sausage Peppers with Rice

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One Pot Sausage Peppers with Rice is an easy weeknight dinner recipe that I know you’ll make over and over!

This dinner recipe only uses one pot so not only is the recipe easy, but the clean up is easy too! Cleaning up after dinner is the worst right?! I get so excited when One Pot Sausage Peppers with Rice is on our dinner menu because not only does it make a delicious dinner but I don’t have to slave in the kitchen to make this recipe!


So lets’ get right to it.

What you need to make One Pot Sausage Peppers with Rice

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 chopped small yellow onion
  • 1 chopped bell pepper (I use a mix of red and green bell peppers)
  • 12 ounce sausage link (I use smoked sausage)
  • 4 large garlic cloves – minced
  • 8 ounce can of tomato sauce
  • 3 cups white rice
  • 5 cups chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)

We made this today with the cayenne pepper since last time I made it, I made it without cayenne. I was fully expecting my kids not to eat it since it had a little spice to it (not much). Well, they both devoured it! And my son is the world’s pickiest eater!!

Here’s how you make the One Pot Sausage Peppers with Rice:

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It starts off with the sausage, peppers, onions, and garlic sauteed in olive oil. I can tell you that everyone in your house will ask what you’re making bc this smells AAAAMAZING! Since everything in here can be eaten as is, it’s up to you how long you want to cook this. I like the sausage to get nice and crispy on the edges and the veggies to get soft so I cook mine about 7-10 minutes.

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How glorious does that pot of sausage and veggies up there look?! I can almost smell it just looking at the picture!

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Next you’ll pour in the liquids, rice, and the seasonings and then set it to boil and simmer for 30 minutes. THAT’S IT!! Dinner is served!! It’s an easy one pot meal and we love to serve it alone side a baguette. I hope you enjoy this as much as my family does!

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Here are some tips for making the One Pot Sausage Peppers with Rice:

  • Use a non-stick pan. Rice is starchy and as it cooks it can get sticky. Using a non-stick pan will help with the clean-up!
  • Use a pot with high sides. Rice grows to about 3 times its size when cooked. So make sure you have enough room in the pot!
  • Have all the liquids, rice, and seasonings measured out before you start cooking. I just use measuring cups and set them aside. That way when it’s time to add things you have then ready. I don’t like to be frantically measuring and pouring things while have a screaming hot pan on the stove.
  • If you have picky little ones (like me), cut the veggies super small so they can’t be detected by picky little eaters. 🙂


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4.88 from 24 votes

One Pot Sausage Peppers with Rice

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 people
Author: Coco and Ash


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 chopped small yellow onion
  • 1 chopped bell pepper (I use a mix of red and green bell peppers)
  • 2 (14 ounce) sausage links (I use smoked beef sausage)
  • 4 large garlic cloves - minced
  • 8 ounce can of tomato sauce
  • 3 cups white rice
  • 5 cups chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)


  • Heat olive oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium high heat and add the onions, peppers, and sausage. Saute for about 7 minutes or until the onions and sausage have slightly browned. 
  • Add in the minced garlic and cook for another 2 minutes. 
  • Add in the tomato sauce, chicken broth, rice, and seasonings. Bring to a full boil then reduce the heat to low. 
  • Cover the pot and cook on low for 25 minutes. (I like to stir it half way through this to make sure it's not sticking to the pot.)


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  • Reply
    Priya Shiva
    October 10, 2018 at 9:38 am

    Such a delicious and wholesome meal! I would love to cook this for my whole family.

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      Coco and Ash
      October 10, 2018 at 9:44 am

      Thank you Priya!!

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        Regina Wilkins
        August 16, 2019 at 9:00 pm

        Amazing and easy weeknight meal! So yummy the whole fam loved it thank you!

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        August 7, 2021 at 8:57 am

        Looks great going to try it today!!

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      May 30, 2021 at 11:19 pm

      Was a delicious and super easy meal. However, I followed the recipe exactly but when I went to stir it halfway through the cook time, the rice was browned and a little stick to the bottom already and it was already fully cooked by 13mins. So I don’t know where I went ‘wrong’ but was still a hit with my picky boyfriend!

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        Coco and Ash
        May 31, 2021 at 8:27 am

        It may have been just a difference in the type of pot/skillet used, different temps can vary from stove to stove…sorry that happened but I’m glad you were able to enjoy it anyways!! 🙂 good thing you checked it!

  • Reply
    Mary Bostow
    October 10, 2018 at 9:42 am

    Wow and Wow!!! Great recipe!! I like all ingredients in it. This is perfect for me. THANK YOU!!

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    Lisa Huff
    October 10, 2018 at 10:21 am

    You had me at one-pot! Now I’m starving… Looks incredible! 🙂

  • Reply
    October 10, 2018 at 10:52 am

    Sometimes the best recipes are the most simple. This one looks amazing!

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    October 10, 2018 at 10:53 am

    Sometimes the best recipes are the most simple. This one looks amazing! 🙂 **

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    October 10, 2018 at 10:55 am

    Looks yummy – great pics! I could imagine that your one pot rice would be delicious even without sausages:)

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      Coco and Ash
      October 10, 2018 at 11:22 am

      Yes! You could easily make it vegetarian by omitting the sausage and using vegetable stock. 🙂

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        April 3, 2019 at 1:41 pm

        Have you tried this with rice cauliflower, instead of regular rice?

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          Coco and Ash
          April 3, 2019 at 8:49 pm

          I have not, but the liquid would not absorb into the cauliflower like it would with the rice.

          • Laura
            June 23, 2019 at 8:04 pm

            My husband and I loved this dish! I did make a lot of rice. I might cut back on that next time, but will definitely make again!

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    October 15, 2018 at 9:40 pm

    SOOOOOOOO YUMMY! The perfect one-pot/meal, with everything you need–rice, meat, vegetable–all with such a nice flavor! My family and I loved it! What a great and easy dish, also, to bring to a potluck!

    Thank you, Mindy, for, yet, ANOTHER awesome (and easy) recipe!!!

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    February 26, 2019 at 12:56 pm

    Looks yummy. Getting ready to give it a try. Do you add 3 cups uncooked rice?

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    May 20, 2019 at 8:28 am

    Are you able to use cooked rice instead? I mean cook the rice whilst getting rid of the excess starch & then add the broth in. I am assuming I’d need way less broth than for the uncooked rice, but would the broth still be absorbed by the cooked rice?


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      Coco and Ash
      May 20, 2019 at 9:12 am

      I have not tried it with cooked rice but I would imagine you could do it with less liquid. I just don’t have the mesasurements to give you.

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    May 25, 2019 at 11:50 pm

    Liked the idea. Made it. I used a nice pinch of saffron and added the chicken broth slowly like a risotto. It was good!

    • Reply
      Coco and Ash
      May 28, 2019 at 9:32 am

      Great idea!! You definitely know what you’re doing in the kitchen!!

  • Reply
    May 27, 2019 at 9:25 pm

    This recipe turned out great!! It was really delicious. I cooked it with only one cup of rice and two cups of stock. I think it would be wayyyy too much rice with the current 3 cups.

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    May 27, 2019 at 9:47 pm

    Is it instant rice or regular rice?

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    July 1, 2019 at 5:37 pm

    So simple and delicious! Great week night recipe.

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    Lauren Himel
    September 21, 2019 at 6:15 pm

    Can I use brown rice instead? And would there be any changes in the cooking time?

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      Coco and Ash
      September 22, 2019 at 9:24 am

      You can! Brown is a little dryer so just keep an eye on the liquid. You can add a little more if needed.

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    October 7, 2019 at 8:04 pm

    This meal is AMAZING!!!!! I made this tonight and my fiancé and I absolutely loved EVERYTHING about this! Clean up was quick also!

    I did substitute with brown rice instead of white and it worked out just as amazing!

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    Jessica Bryington
    October 28, 2019 at 8:04 am

    This was really good! I lowered to 2 cups of rice instead with reduced broth amount. I also added diced turnips just because I had some to use up, which added a nice complimentary flavor.

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      Coco and Ash
      October 29, 2019 at 8:42 am

      So glad you liked it!

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      August 18, 2021 at 11:30 am

      This looks delicious!!! And easy. I love one pot recipes and a tad of spice. Making this tonight because I needed a super simple recipe since its vacation bible school night!! I’m making it with a little green, red, and orange peppers. thanks for sharing.

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    November 3, 2019 at 4:21 pm

    This was super easy AND tasted better than a restaurant! I added celery for some added crunch in texture. Thank you!

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    November 12, 2019 at 1:56 am

    Such a great recipe. Awesome!!!

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    January 18, 2020 at 11:36 am

    Wow, this was really tasty! Wasn’t expecting it to be as flavorful as it was. I used spicy Italian sausage since I am allergic to the soy in smoked sausage. I also halved everything in the recipe since it’s just me. I only needed to cook 12 mins once the rice, broth, and sauce was put in. I wasn’t sure if this was because I halved the recipe or because I used Batsami rice. Either way it was perfectly cooked after 12 mins of simmering and was perfect.

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    Maureen Hall
    February 5, 2020 at 8:13 pm

    Very nice AND easy, great for work nights! I make something similar but since we enjoy heat. I’ll sub a can of Rotel for some of the stock and throw in a can of black beans at the end!

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    June 10, 2020 at 6:18 pm

    I only had brown rice, and it didn’t cook through, maybe white rice is better for this. Next time I’ll try cooking the rice separately, and adding it in later. Love the ‘one pan meal’ concept! Zoom!

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      Hi there! Brown rice doesn’t cook the same as white so I would definitely give it another try 🙂

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    This recipe seemed too simple to be good but I tried it – it was easy, it was fast to prepare, hardly any dishes to clean up & it was really good & made lots!!!! I used a package of hot Italian sausage & 2 peppers (next time I will use 4 peppers as I like lots of vegetables). I used 1 cup of fire roasted tomato sauce & 4 cups of chicken broth. This reminds me of Mexican rice – very good!

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