Sausage Rice Skillet Recipe

Quick Sausage Rice SkilletThis quick Sausage and Rice Skillet Recipe has been a family favorite for years.  I think I first had this at my sister Sara’s house when I was in college.  I loved it so much that I asked her for the recipe and have been making it ever since. 

Sausage Rice Skillet ingredientsWith only three main ingredients it’s so easy to keep everything on hand to put together a quick meal.  I have tried several sausages in the recipe, but once I tried the Hot Jimmy Dean I’ve never used another.  You know I like things spicy and this sausage gives the dish so much flavor, but doesn’t make it too spicy for those with more sensitive taste buds.  So NO Jimmy Dean isn’t just for breakfast!  The other secret is the Lipton Noodle Soup.  People are always surprised that is what is in this dish. 

Sausage and Rice skillet preparationFry one 1 lb chub of Jimmy Dean Hot sausage the way you would brown a pound of ground beef.  I like it very brown!  On high it takes about 10 minutes.  Add 2 cups of rice.  My favorite is the Mahatma long grain rice. 

Lipton Soup Secret Sausage and Rice SkilletNext add 4 cups of water and one dry packet of Lipton Noodle Soup.  Stir and bring the mixture to a boil.  Turn the heat to medium low.  On my stove I use the number 4 setting.  Cover and cook for 20 minutes. 

Spicy Sausage and Rice SkilletThe sausage and rice tends to separate a little during cooking.  Stir and serve.  Between the sausage and the Lipton soup I don’t add any extra salt and pepper because it’s really flavorful as it is, but I do like to add freshly ground pepper and salt to my own dish. 

Quick Sausage and Rice SkilletThis is a dish I can eat over and over.  I fight everyone for the leftovers if there are any!  I hope you love it as much as we do! 

Sausage and Rice Skillet Recipe
A quick spicy family meal.
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Cook Time
35 min
Cook Time
35 min
2923 calories
341 g
327 g
124 g
99 g
41 g
1118 g
4012 g
25 g
1 g
72 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 2923
Calories from Fat 1117
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 124g
Saturated Fat 41g
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 17g
Monounsaturated Fat 55g
Cholesterol 327mg
Sodium 4012mg
Total Carbohydrates 341g
Dietary Fiber 8g
Sugars 25g
Protein 99g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 1 (1 lb) chub Hot Jimmy Dean Sausage
  2. 2 cups long grain rice
  3. 1 packet dry Lipton Soup
  1. Brown Sausage
  2. Add rice, 4 cups water, and soup mix.
  3. Bring to a boil.
  4. Simmer on medium low for 20 minutes.
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More from while we were gone day 3

While we were gone to Alaska
More from my niece Skylar Ashley who flew in to stay with our children while we were to be gone on an Alaskan cruise.   She was kind enough to send me some stories to share with you.  Her first day she had quite the scare.  Day 2 she was terrorized by two small boys.  Day 3 was the run in with her mother over what my kids were watching.  I love the story she is sharing today.  It’s so fun to see my kids through other people’s eyes. 
Saturday, my other aunt in Dallas and her son Zach planned to come over to visit. Her specific reason was “to give me some adult company.” Ha ha. They came just before everyone’s afternoon quite time, so we sent the older kids up to their rooms to play quietly while the younger ones napped. I was finally able to sit and eat lunch and we had a great time visiting. 
Sunday, I was plain too tired to attempt going to their church. Just the thought of having to get ready, get all the kids ready, then drive around looking for it and drive home in Sunday traffic… No thank you! Instead, we read the book of Esther, watched some christian cartoons, and had prayer time.
In the afternoon, we all walked to the store down the road. I’d never been, so when they started protesting the walk, I took a play from my mom’s book and shouted “This! Is an Adventure!” They then took this opportunity to lead the way, and show me all the tips and tricked of a run to the store. 
When we got to the store, it was hot outside so everyone was hot and thirsty! I told them they could all pick a drink. Little Jason immediately ran to the wall of refrigerators “I’m getting Zach’s drink!” I had no idea what he meant by this until he brought me the bright yellow bottled soda brand his cousin had been drinking the day before.
The next Saturday, Zach and his mom came over again. At lunch time, Little Jason ran to the fridge and pulled out the bottle he’d been so carefully sipping and saving. “Zach, look! I’m just like you!”

Hiking to Upper Dewey Lake in Skagway, Alaska

Hiking Upper Dewey LakeAnd so after hiking to Lower Dewey Lake we came to that fork in the road and to please my husband we started up, and I mean UP.  The photos of the trails do not give it justice.  It was three miles up.  Though I did some consistent walking/jogging the weeks before our cruise, I was not in the kind of shape to climb a mountain.  My husband does squats in his regular weightlifting regimen, and he was having a hard time so you know I was dying out there. 

Dewey CreekI took the lead so that I could set the pace.  I didn’t want to be left trailing after him.  But I went as fast as I could stopping only to rest when I absolutely had to or claimed I needed a photo!  I just KNEW we were going to miss the ship.  “We have plenty of time,” was always my husband’s reply.  The hike was beautiful, and my husband got his wish to climb up to that waterfall, that he saw at the lower lake, as the entire hike zigzagged up one side of it. 

Getting close to Upper Lake DeweyMy husband kept saying we were almost there.  In my head I calculated how long it takes me to walk a mile, and we were going at a snails pace climbing up.  We were nowhere near the top when he began saying that.  We met 3 hikers in the 3 hours we hiked up, THREE.  I was worried about two things bears and not making it back to the ship on time.  Jason said he read that you’re supposed to yell, “Bear” every now and then so you don’t surprise one.  I thought that was kind of ridiculous.  Suppose a hiker that didn’t get that memo heard me yelling, “Bear” it would scare me anyway.  So picture me every few minutes for three hours yelling, “I am not a bear!”  Ha ha!  My husband was too tired himself to find it either annoying or amusing. 

Hiking to Upper Dewey LakeNow don’t let these bridges fool you.  They were the only ones, but a nice little reprieve from climbing.  By the time we arrived here we thought for sure we must be getting close.  It still took us another hour to make it up. 

Hiking back down by Dewey CreekFinally, the trees started getting smaller and the area began to open up. 

View of Upper Dewey LakeAnd then there it was.  Upper Dewey Lake.  I could have kissed the ground.  It really was gorgeous! 

The cabin on Upper Dewey LakeWe met this newly wed couple spending their honeymoon in that little cabin by the lake.  They were out hunting blueberries to make pancakes!  That sounded like a lot of fun. 

We made it!  Hiked Upper Dewey LakeThey graciously offered to take our photo.  My hair was completely wet and plastered to my head.  We spent about fifteen minutes at Upper Dewey Lake.  That’s it.  All that work for 15 minutes.  What a shame!!!  I pulled out my water bottle that I had saved until we reached the top.  Now Devil’s Punch Bowl is another mile up and we were told it was even more beautiful.  As soon as we reached Upper Dewey Lake my husband started in saying we should keep going.  “We don’t have time!” I insisted.  “We have to get back.”  Reluctantly he agreed that was probably the best decision. 

Upper Lake DeweyIt was too cloudy to see the glacier in the back ground, but it was still beautiful, and so peaceful.  The air was crisp, and cool–perfect after a three hour hike. 

Red Meadow by Upper Dewey LakeThen we started back down the mountain.  For the first hour my husband still said we had plenty of time, but after that he stated to worry too.  “Oh we’re going to be cutting it close.  We need to hurry,” he began.  I could have punched him.  Ha ha!  You would think going down would be easy, but it was so steep that we were still working very tired muscles all the way down.  My legs were trembling and Jason kept slipping behind me.  I thought for sure he was going to ram into the back of me and take us both out.  He HAD to be trying to kill me!  But we couldn’t slow down because we really were going to be cutting it close.  All the way down I yelled, “I want off this mountain.  I want down,” to keep the bears away. 

We made it down to Lower Dewey Lake and thought we had made it.  We forgot that it had taken us an hour to get from the entrance of the trails to that point toward Upper Dewey lake.  We were so tired and the lower trail isn’t for wimps either.  Finally, we made it to the entrance of the trail and then still had the 1-2 mile walk back to the ship.  I was in SO MUCH PAIN! 

We arrived back on the ship with about a half hour to spare before the all aboard!  I couldn’t believe we made it without any injuries.  If one of us had twisted our ankle we would have missed our ship.  That night we told someone what we did.  They looked at us like we were crazy and said that another couple didn’t make it back because the wife had broken her ankle hiking Dewey Lake!!!! 

What I recommend.  All of the websites I found said that hiking to Upper Dewey Lake was an ALL DAY activity.  If you have an entire day, this is a must do for anyone that loves to hike and look at beautiful scenery.  I highly recommend it!  However, if you are cruising and only have 6-8 hours don’t do it unless you are an avid hiker/runner.  If you aren’t in awesome shape definitely hike to Lower Dewey Lake, it is a great and beautiful hike that you can do from your cruise ship in a couple of hours.