Word Up, Home Skillet Rice

When You're Feeling Lazy AF

I'll keep this short because Hangry waits for no one.  When you're exhausted, it's still dark out before 6pm and the groundhog has been a little bitch and run back to his den, you want a quick and easy dinner to eat as fast as possible. So - chop everything up; toss it all in a skillet; throw some cheese on top; and dinner = served. You're welcome.

 Photo by Robin Dienel.

Photo by Robin Dienel.

Word Up, Home Skillet Rice

Hangry Timer: 20 minutes
Serves: 4
Cost: $10


What You Need

4 Tbsp. Olive Oil, separated
6 links uncooked Tomato-roasted Chicken Sausage (or your favorite kind), uncased
1 Red Onion, sliced
1 green bell pepper, sliced in half moons
1 cup Broccoli Florets, chopped
3 Garlic Cloves, minced
1 tsp. Crushed Red Pepper flakes
4 Tbsp. Tomato Paste
2 Tbsp. Water
1 cup Instant Rice
1 1/2 cup Chicken Broth
1 cup Mozzarella, shredded
1 Tbsp. fresh Basil, julienned
Salt and pepper, to taste

What To Do With It

Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large cast iron skillet over medium high heat. Add chicken sausage. Cook, breaking apart with a spatula until browned all over, about 5 minutes. Scoop sausage into a bowl and set aside.

If the sausage is too lean and has not rendered much fat, add remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil to the skillet. Add onion and bell pepper, sautéing until lightly caramelized and translucent, about 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

Add broccoli, garlic, and crushed red pepper flakes to the skillet. Cook for 1 minute, stirring frequently. Add sausage back in. Mix in tomato paste and 2 tablespoons water. Stir to combine. Add rice and broth, bringing to a boil. Lower heat and simmer, covered, until rice is cooked, about 5 minutes.* Sprinkle mozzarella on top, cover, and let melt for 1 minute. Top with basil. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Serve hot from skillet, family style.


*Do NOT lift the lid up before 5 minutes!  Just have faith, the rice will cook and it needs to retain all of the heat and steam in order to cook correctly - so just wait you hangry monster!