Some things are just underrated… receiving handwritten letters, warm towels, blanket forts… but when it comes to food there is, we believe, definitely an underdog and that is about to change. Sausage seems to always be an understated participant in the meat department, but not anymore… it gets to be the star of the show in this flavorful Sausage & Rice Casserole. This dish will definitely change your mind if you are looking for a not-so-underdog, fast-favorite meal. The rich, savory sausage is combined with the never-neglected, flavor-packed rice, truly becoming a memorable experience you will want to experience again and again. Don’t ditch the sausage we all know and love! Try this Sausage & Rice Casserole for complete meal success the next time your meals are feeling a little out of sync. You will be pleasantly surprised. Cheers to sausage! It’s the real MVP!

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Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground hot sausage
  • 1 1/2 cups rice
  • 1 (1-ounce) envelope dry onion soup mix
  • 3 cups water
  • 1/2 cup celery, chopped
  • 1/2 cup green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 cup onion, chopped
  • 4 ounces canned mushrooms, drained
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
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Directions

Step 1 –Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Step 2 –Cook the sausage in a pan over medium-high heat until it is no longer pink, about 5-8 minutes.

Step 3 –Drain the fat from the pan.

Step 4 –Place the rice in a 3-quart casserole dish.

Step 5 –Add the soup mix and the water to the rice and stir to combine.

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Step 6 –Add the celery, the green pepper, the onion, the mushrooms, the butter, the cooked sausage, the salt, and the pepper.

Step 7 –Bake until most of the liquid is absorbed, about 40 minutes.

Step 8 –Sprinkle the shredded cheese on top and bake until all the liquid is absorbed and the cheese is melted, about 15 minutes.

Step 9 –Serve.