Red rice and sausage is a Charleston favorite. I like to use turkey sausage, another good alternative is Italian sausage.

Advertisement

Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Ingredient Checklist

Directions

Instructions Checklist
  • Combine the rice and water in a saucepan, and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes, until rice is tender and the water has been absorbed. Set aside.

    Advertisement
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  • Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add the bacon, and brown on each side. Add the onion, garlic and green peppers to the skillet, and cook until soft, stirring frequently. Mix in the sausage, and cook until hot, then pour in the tomatoes. Cook just until heated through. Stir in the cooked rice and spaghetti sauce. Season with Italian seasoning, salt and pepper. Transfer to a large casserole dish, and cover with a lid or aluminum foil.

  • Bake for 1 hour in the preheated oven, then remove the lid, and cook for an additional 15 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

467 calories; 19.4 g protein; 68.3 g carbohydrates; 60.6 mg cholesterol; 1258.4 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

Reviews (20)

Read More Reviews

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
10/28/2008
Everytime we fix this dish it is perfect & it makes for great leftovers, as there are only 2 of us. Neither of us eat peppers or onions, so we fix ours without them. We tend to use spicy or mild Italian sausage in place of the smoked turkey sausage & bacon. Either way, it's delicious! Read More
(25)

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
08/07/2008
Sorry to be to the contrary on this recipe..but I am a NATIVE Charlestonian..and my Grandmothers and Great Aunts handed down the recipe through our family (Gaillard)...the red rice "I" have grown to know love and STILL make...starts with a tomato sauce or paste cooked to a soup and THEN rice is added and cooks and soaks up the liquid...giving a 'dry' rice dish...this was not AUTHENTIC! Read More
(241)
24 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 13
  • 4 star values: 5
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
10/28/2008
Everytime we fix this dish it is perfect & it makes for great leftovers, as there are only 2 of us. Neither of us eat peppers or onions, so we fix ours without them. We tend to use spicy or mild Italian sausage in place of the smoked turkey sausage & bacon. Either way, it's delicious! Read More
(25)
Rating: 1 stars
08/06/2008
Sorry to be to the contrary on this recipe..but I am a NATIVE Charlestonian..and my Grandmothers and Great Aunts handed down the recipe through our family (Gaillard)...the red rice "I" have grown to know love and STILL make...starts with a tomato sauce or paste cooked to a soup and THEN rice is added and cooks and soaks up the liquid...giving a 'dry' rice dish...this was not AUTHENTIC! Read More
(241)
Rating: 5 stars
10/28/2008
Everytime we fix this dish it is perfect & it makes for great leftovers, as there are only 2 of us. Neither of us eat peppers or onions, so we fix ours without them. We tend to use spicy or mild Italian sausage in place of the smoked turkey sausage & bacon. Either way, it's delicious! Read More
(25)
Advertisement
Rating: 5 stars
08/03/2011
Surprisingly great. After reading other reviews I chose to put all ingredients in a 13x9 pan (after frying up the onions garlic sausage etc) and bake at 375 for 1hr. The consistency of my rice was good not mushy. I also added a can of white beans. Read More
(15)
Rating: 5 stars
12/06/2006
As a Savannah GA native I was hesitant to try any other red rice recipe but my own. Maybe because I now live in Charleston it added the perfect flavor! hahaha.. Great recipe! Thanks I will use it again! Read More
(10)
Rating: 2 stars
10/25/2010
I MADE THIS RICE FRIDAY NIGHT WITH HOPES THAT IT WOULD TASTE LIKE ME GRANDMAS RICE FROM SC. THE FLAVOR WAS AWSOME BUT MY RICE CAME OUT MUSHY. I FOLLOWED THE RECIPE TO A T. I KNOW MY GRANDMA USED PARBOILED RICE FOR HER RECIPE AND USED A BROWN PAPER BAG TO DRAW OUT THE MIOSTURE. FLAVOR WAS GREAT BUT ONCE AGAIN RICE WASH MUSH!!!!!!!!!!!! Read More
(9)
Advertisement
Rating: 4 stars
07/16/2008
Hmmm...I was wary of the spaghetti sauce...but the result was good. I think the outcome depends largely on the type of sausage used. And I did not blend the mixture and bake it for an hour. Seemed unnecessary. Instead I simmered the mixture--without the rice--for a half hour then I served it over the rice like red beans and rice. It was yummy. Oh and I added a nice dose of my favorite hot sauce--Ring 'O Fire! It really gave it a nice flavorful Louisiana kick. Read More
(8)
Rating: 5 stars
01/14/2007
Very good recipe! I used to live in Charleston and this was one of my local favorites from the Piggly Wiggly deli. I omitted the bacon and just sauteed the veggies in a couple tablespoons of bacon grease. I used regular smoked sausage rather than turkey. Read More
(8)
Rating: 4 stars
10/19/2008
I don't know what Red Rice and Sausage is supposed to look/taste like but this was pretty good. Some of the gang didn't care for it but my son and I really liked it. Dashed a bit of hot sauce on it and it was even better. I will make this again. Thanks for the recipe. Read More
(8)
Rating: 3 stars
11/05/2006
This was good but not outright delicious. I will make it again though. I took the advice of another reviewer and undercooked the rice. It isn't clear what to do with the bacon once it is cooked so I diced it up and added to the rice. I didn't drain the tomatoes and the texture turned out perfectly. I think part of the charm is the crunchy bottom and top with a soft middle. Not spicy at all even though I added several splashes of Tobasco to the tomatoe sausage mixture. Husband had three servings. It makes a lot. Read More
(7)