One Pan Smoked Sausage Jambalaya

This smoked sausage jambalaya recipe comes together in under an hour. Bonus: it uses just one pan, which means fewer dishes to clean!

Creating This Sausage Jambalaya

Summer is almost over. I seriously cannot believe it. The time just went by way too fast this summer.

Now that it is August, back to school and all that is required to get ready for the new school year (and the start of a new soccer season) has been on my mind. And the fact that Logan is going to be in 4th grade this year. I don’t know how that happened!

Back to school and the start of a new fall soccer season always have me looking for simple, one pan dinner recipes. I really like one pan recipes for busy days when I don’t want to deal with a lot of dirty dishes or a huge messy kitchen. And they’re great because I can assemble everything earlier in the day and stash it in the fridge until it is time to throw it on the stove.

I recently visited my brother and his girlfriend, Erin, in Louisiana. We spent the weekend in New Orleans eating good food, enjoying some shopping and visiting the National WWII Museum (I highly recommend). Ever since that trip I’ve wanted to make some Jambalaya at home.

This One Pan Sausage Jambalaya satisfied that craving and makes a great dinner for a busy day. None of the ingredients are super complicated, and most are usually already on hand in the freezer or in the pantry.

I like to keep a stash of smoked sausage, like the Butterball Hardwood Smoked Turkey Sausage I used in this recipe, in the freezer because it comes in handy for quick dinners. Turkey sausage has a lot of flavor to offer.

During our weekend trip to New Orleans, we had a sampler dinner of Red Beans and Rice, Jambalaya, and Gumbo along with crab cakes, BBQ shrimp in a delicious garlic butter sauce, and hush puppies. Everything was delicious, but I realized at the end of the meal that I felt like I didn’t eat any vegetables.

Erin said, “Welcome to Louisiana.”

I’ve packed this One Pan Easy Sausage Jambalaya with a few more vegetables than what we ate in New Orleans so it can easily be a full meal by itself . The Butterball Hardwood Smoked Turkey Sausage gives you plenty of protein to go along with the rice and vegetables.

However, if you would like a little more to this meal and have a little extra time, a simple side salad goes along nicely.

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What is Jambalaya?

If you’ve never tried jambalaya before, you’re missing out! Essentially, it’s the Southern take on Spanish paella. It’s packed with rice, meat (usually chicken or smoked sausage), lots of spices, and tomatoes.

Jambalaya is incredibly easy to make, and most of the cook time is hands off, meaning you can set the lid on the pot and walk away from the stove.

Smoked Sausage Jambalaya Ingredients

For this homemade jambalaya recipe, you’ll need Butterball Hardwood Smoked Turkey Sausage, yellow onion, celery, bell peppers, garlic, canned tomatoes, chicken broth, and white rice.

And the special jambalaya spices you’ll be using include Creole seasoning, dried thyme, smoked paprika, salt, and pepper. It’s incredible how such simple ingredients can create a dish with this much flavor!

How to Make Jambalaya

To make this smoked sausage jambalaya recipe, you first need to brown the sliced sausage in a little olive oil. Then sauté the veggies in the same skillet, and throw in the rest of the ingredients.

Cover the pan with a lid and let the homemade jambalaya cook until the rice is tender. See? I told you this was an easy jambalaya recipe!

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Can I Use Another Protein?

Yes, if you can’t find smoked sausage or prefer not to use it, you could make this jambalaya recipe with chicken instead. But smoked sausage will give you the most authentic homemade jambalaya!

Is Jambalaya Spicy?

It can be! Taste your Creole seasoning first to see how spicy it is. If you want your sausage jambalaya to be extra spicy, add a little (just a little!) cayenne pepper to the mix.

More Easy Dinner Recipes:

This Baked Honey Mustard Chicken is so easy to make and my kids go crazy for it!

If you’re in a real time crunch, make this One Skillet Baked Ziti. It’s ready in 30 minutes and is a breeze to make.

This Chicken Enchilada Chili gives you the flavor of your favorite enchiladas, minus the tedious filling and rolling.

When in doubt, Pesto Pork Chop Foil Dinners make for a quick and easy weeknight dinner!

And if all out fails, make Mexican Chicken in the slow cooker or Instant Pot. You can stuff it inside tortillas to make tacos, or go the burrito bowl route.

What are your favorite easy one pan meals?

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Smoked Sausage Jambalaya

Smoked Sausage Jambalaya

Yield: serves 8
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

This smoked sausage jambalaya recipe comes together in under an hour. Bonus: it uses just one pan, which means fewer dishes to clean!

Ingredients

  • 3 teaspoons olive oil, divided
  • 3 packages Butterball Hardwood Smoked Turkey Sausage, sliced approx. 1/4 inch thick*
  • 4 teaspoons Creole seasoning, divided
  • 1 large yellow onion, diced
  • 3 ribs celery, diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 red bell peppers, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 – 14 ounce cans Fire Roasted Diced Tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 – 14 ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 1 3/4 cups white rice, uncooked
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. In a large stainless steel skillet or cast iron pan, heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil.
  2. Add the Butterball Hardwood Smoked Turkey Sausage and 1 teaspoon of the Creole seasoning; cook over medium heat until lightly browned. Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside on a plate.
  3. Add the remaining olive oil to the pan. Add the onion and celery and sauté over medium heat for 5 minutes.
  4. Add the pepper and garlic and sauté for an additional 5 minutes. Return the sausage to the pan along with the remaining ingredients.
  5. Cover and cook over low heat for 30 minutes, or until rice is tender, stirring occasionally so rice does not burn or stick to the bottom.

Notes

*If you can't find smoked sausage or prefer not to use it, you could make this jambalaya recipe with chicken instead. But smoked sausage will give you the most authentic homemade jambalaya!

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Nutrition Information
Yield 8 Serving Size 1
Amount Per ServingCalories 129 Total Fat 3g Saturated Fat 1g Trans Fat 0g Unsaturated Fat 2g Cholesterol 7mg Carbohydrates 22g Fiber 3g Sugar 7g Protein 5g
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Disclosure: I’ve partnered with Butterball to create fun, new turkey recipes for their Turketarian program. This blog post is sponsored by Butterball. All opinions are my own.