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Sausage Vegetable and Rice Casserole

sausage vegetable rice casserole
  • (1 1/2 cups) long-grain brown rice
  • (3 cups) reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • (4 cups) zucchini and/or summer squash, diced
  • (2 medium) red or green bell peppers, chopped
  • (1 large) onion, diced
  • (3/4 tsp.) salt
  • (1 1/2 cups) low-fat milk
  • (3 Tbsp.) all-purpose flour
  • (2 cups) pepper Jack cheese, shredded and divided
  • (1 cup) fresh or frozen (thawed) corn kernels
  • (2 tsp.) extra-virgin olive oil
  • (8 oz.) turkey sausage, casings removed
  • (4 oz.) reduced-fat cream cheese
  • (1/4 cup) pickled jalapeños, chopped

Sausage Vegetable and Rice Casserole

A hearty baked casserole of long-grain brown rice, zucchini, bell peppers, cheese and turkey sausage.

Preparation Time
About 10 minutes
Cook Time
About 1 hr 50 minutes


  1. 1Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. 2Place broth into a small saucepan and place over medium-heat to simmer. Add rice to a 13x9 in. baking dish. Add broth (when hot), zucchini/squash, bell peppers, onion and salt, stir until combined.

  3. 3Cover with foil and bake 45 minutes, then remove foil and bake another 35-45 minutes, or until rice is tender. Place saucepan back over medium heat and add milk and flour, whisk to combine.

  4. 4Cook 3-4 minutes, or until thick, reduce heat to low and add 1 1/2 cups pepper Jack cheese and corn. Stir until melted, remove from heat.
  5. 5Place a large skillet over medium heat. Add sausage, break up with a wooden spoon and cook about 4 minutes, or until browned.
  6. 6Add sausage and cheese sauce to rice in casserole dish, stir to combine. Top with rest of pepper Jack cheese, spoonfuls of cream cheese and jalapenos.

  7. 7Bake 10 minutes, or until cheese is melted. Let cool 10 minutes and serve.

Nutritional Information

Serving Size: 1 cup

Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories 248
  • Total Fat 9 g
  • Total Carbohydrate 29 g
  • Protein 13 g
  • Cholesterol 34 mg
  • Sodium 491 mg
  • Fiber 2 g

Additional Information

Recipe Category: Dinner

Recipe Subcategory: Casseroles

Recipe Ethnicity: N/A

Dietetic Info:
  • Glycemic Index:
  • Gluten Free: No

Vegetarian/Allergen Info: Contains Poultry, Dairy

NOTE: Glycemic Index Scale: Low=0-55, Medium=56-69, High=70 or greater.