Comfort Food Casserole

Recipe Tuesday (inspired by Jessi at Casual Dread)!   I’m cooking this right now…  It’s from a recipe tree back in 1996;  my mom sent me this.
Sausage Rice
I love it!   I make it a lot.   Unfortunately,  I never make it quite the same each time so the consistency is not consistent.    Let me explain:

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You will notice that the veggie quantity is not given.   So this varies depending on how much I want to chop.    I had always used minute rice and it would often turn out too soupy.    So we end up playing with the water (using less) or add more rice – usually in the middle of the baking time.     After all these years, I only recently noticed the word regular to describe the rice.   Not minute rice?     OK.

So now that I don’t even buy minute rice and am now a good girl to use regular – longer cooking time – rice, I still screw it up because my old habits of adjusting water to rice ratios get in the way.   I never write down when it works out.

Another issue with moving to a different part of the country is that I can never find the frozen tube of 1# turkey sausage.    I end up buying the Sweet Italian Turkey Sausage in the links so I have to take off the outer wrap casing before I brown it – so that makes it ‘different’.

No matter, it tastes incredible!

So, I encourage you to try it and just don’t worry about quantities and stuff like that.     Really, it is very very yummy.    I sprinkle parmesan cheese on it during the serving phase…

Recapping the ingredients:
Turkey sausage – brown & crumbled
Rice – 1/2 cup to 3/4 cup ?
Water – 4 cups or more or less
1 envelope Lipton pkg chicken noodle soup
1 Green Pepper – chopped
4-5 stalks of celery – chopped
1 onion – I use a small red onion because it’s pretty
parmesan cheese

Boil the soup packet with the rice in the water for a couple of minutes, mix with the sausage and all the veggies in a deep casserole dish.

Bake 45 minutes at 350 degrees.

7 thoughts on “Comfort Food Casserole

  1. Pfft…exact measurements are over-rated anyway!

    Well, it gave something (boring) to yap about and attempt some interest. And everyone I give this recipe to always complains that it is too unspecific. IS that right? too vague? whatever….

  2. I have a family recipe that doesn’t have precise measurements. It usually turns out great, regardless of how much it changes from one cooking to the next.

    Those are the best! Watch for next tuesday’s post – I’m dedicating it to your new oven…

  3. Yay, someone else to join me in Recipe Tuesdays! 🙂 Sounds yummy – I’ll have to give it a try with veggie soy crumbles.

    Sure, a spicy sausage-y substitution to please the vegetarians should work fine.

  4. I love this post. And, if I can find any sort of turkey sausage I’ll be making the recipe for sure. It looks like it’d be a hit around here.

    You’ll be a hit with this. and wait til next week’s recipe!

  5. Wow – this sounds fantastic and easy! I will probably give this one a try next time I get some turkey sausage. 🙂 I love casseroles in winter.

    and I bet it would work with spicy sausage soy or whatever vegetarians might use. I had never thought of it but I bet it would work fine. and this batch turned out great!!!

  6. They don’t sell that frozen ground turkey or pork sausage here, but I wonder if I could get something like it at the butcher.

    No? I bet the butcher has something – a spicy or sweet sausage would work fine. (where ARE you? oh yea DEUTSCHLAND!)

  7. This recipe reminds me of the way you write your reviews!! I love it! Very casual- a little of this, some of that, “the consistency isn’t consistent”, LOL. Very much a Care Recipe!! It sounds good too!

    The more I try to be a bit more, ahem, professional? it just doesn’t quite work. I’ve got another yum recipe this Tuesday. AND, I’m working on a little pkg to send to you… might even be in tomorrow’s mail!

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