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Breakfast Sausage and Rice Casserole for Dinner

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This dinner casserole is, interestingly enough, made with breakfast sausage. One could easily substitute any other kind of sausage to change up the flavor though. A very easy and versatile dish.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups White Rice
  • 1 whole Onion
  • 1 whole Red Bell Pepper
  • 2 whole Zucchini
  • 1 bunch (a Handful) Of Fresh Basil
  • 1 package Ground Jimmy Dean Breakfast Sausage (1 Pound)
  • 1 can (14 Oz. Size) Diced Tomatoes
  • 2 Tablespoons Soft White Cheese (goat, Cream Or Neufchâtel)
  • 3 dashes Salt and Pepper (Just To Taste)
  • 1-½ cup Mozzarella Cheese, Shredded

Preparation

Cook 2 Cups of white rice (you will add all of it to the casserole later) according to package instructions. When done, set aside.

Dice onion and red bell pepper. Set aside. Cut zucchini into quarters (long ways) and then chop into small chunks. Set aside. Chiffonade your handful of washed fresh basil and set aside.

In a large non-stick skillet begin browning your ground breakfast sausage over medium-high heat. Cook until almost, but not completely cooked. Drain some grease if necessary. Now add your diced onions and peppers and saute for a few minutes. Next, add your chopped zucchini and continue cooking. When the zucchini begins to soften up go ahead and add your can of diced tomatoes and turn the burner down to medium-low. NOTE: You may want to drain just a bit of the juice off of the tomatoes depending on how you like your casserole (more or less moist). Stir until combined. Lastly, add 2 Tablespoons of white soft cheese (either goat, cream cheese or neufchatel will work — whatever you have on hand). Stir until cheese is melted and incorporated. Salt and pepper to taste.

Pour all of this into a large 13×9 inch baking dish. Add the cooked rice and stir together until all of the rice is mixed evenly into the sausage & tomato mixture. Lastly, sprinkle shredded mozzarella over top and bake in a 350° oven until the cheese is melted.

My kids really liked this. I think breakfast sausage is the key when it comes to the kids!

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nancypants on 7.21.2010

Yes, mushrooms are definitely good with this. I would have added them the first go round had I had any! Glad you liked it!

Sorry I forgot to put in when to add the basil! Will fix that. (I’m sure it doesn’t really matter a whole lot though.) :^)

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nailgurl on 7.7.2010

Ok this is wonderful, I made a few changes like chopping up a few brown mushrooms to go in with the zucchini and adding a couple of teaspoons of chopped garlic with the onions and peppers. I also added come chopped fresh rosemary with the basil and a couple dashes of balsamic vinegar. I ended up using neufchatel for the soft cheese and it was delicious!

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nailgurl on 7.7.2010

when do you add the basil?

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leannen on 7.29.2010

This was great. So quick and easy to make. It seems like it would be pretty versatile too; adding whatever vegies you have on hand into the mix. Great weeknight family recipe

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nailgurl on 7.7.2010

This is delish! See my comments :)

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