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Smoked Sausage Peas and Rice One Pot Dinner

Smoked Sausage Peas and Rice One Pot Dinner

Need an easy, filling, one-pot meal that is ready in less than 30 minutes?  I know as a working mom I need all the help I can get in the kitchen.  This one-pot Bahamian Peas and Rice dish combines smoked sausage, pigeon peas, rice, and veggies!

Need an easy, filling, one-pot meal that is ready in less than 30 minutes? I know as a working mom I need all the help I can get in the kitchen. This one-pot dish combines smoked sausage, pigeon peas, rice, and veggies with a hint of Bahamian flair! Smoked Sausage Peas and Rice Recipe | Take Two Tapas

Being a mother of two boys is hard work.  Throw in a husband that travels most days of the week, and I am just about frazzled every night.  Trying to think of easy, yet hearty, recipes to keep my boys full is a job all by itself.  This peas and rice pot with smoked sausage is a great one to add to your menu rotation!

My younger son is still in that pop tart, pretzel, plain pasta, canned soup, and chicken finger phase.  I can’t get him to try anything new.  My older son is really starting to spread his wings and try new things.  One place I can get him to try new dishes is when we visit my grandfather’s old home in the Bahamas.  

He was born, along with his four sisters, on the island of Green Turtle Cay, in the Abacos part of the Bahamas.  It is a tiny island, but full of history.  I had the privilege to spend my summers there as a child, visiting my grandparents and all their cousins, catching fresh fish, and making homemade coconut ice cream.

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Curtis, Cynthia, Beverly, and me!

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My grandfather Curtis and two of his sisters: Cynthia and Beverly. That’s me in the red![/caption]

Even though my grandparents have passed away, I still have aunts, uncles, and lots of cousins to visit.  A few of the dishes that we eat while we are there include souse chicken, boiled fish, cracked conch, and “peas and rice.”

Souse Chicken, Bahamian style

This souse chicken is made with potatoes, lime juice, allspice, and hot peppers and is standard breakfast in the islands.[/caption]

They have a macaroni and cheese that will blow your mind, but today I am going to share with you the “peas and rice” dish.

The peas in the “Peas and Rice” dish are pigeon peas or “gandules.”  The rice is toasted in the pan with bacon and sweet peppers.  Adding a bit of tomato paste adds some depth and a gorgeous red/orange color.  

The peas are added along with the broth or water and some thyme for its floral notes and cooked like regular rice.  Once the 20 minutes are up, you uncover this gorgeous pot of rice, peas, peppers, you are ready for a filling meal full of flavor!

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Need an easy, filling, one-pot meal that is ready in less than 30 minutes? I know as a working mom I need all the help I can get in the kitchen. This one-pot dish combines smoked sausage, pigeon peas, rice, and veggies with a hint of Bahamian flair! Smoked Sausage Peas and Rice Recipe | Take Two Tapas

Peas and rice is typically a side dish, but today I am adding some Hillshire Farm smoked sausage and making this a complete meal!

The bit of bacon you add in the beginning to soften the onion and peppers adds a hint of smokiness, but I wanted to accentuate that flavor and add some more protein to this dish to make it a full meal for other busy parents to enjoy.

Need an easy, filling, one-pot meal that is ready in less than 30 minutes? I know as a working mom I need all the help I can get in the kitchen. This one-pot dish combines smoked sausage, pigeon peas, rice, and veggies with a hint of Bahamian flair! Smoked Sausage Peas and Rice Recipe | Take Two Tapas

Look at how gorgeous that looks!  Can you believe you can get this in less than 30 minutes?

Because the Hillshire Farm Smoked Sausage that I picked up is already cooked, it shortens the cook time to the amount of time it takes to cook rice and saute the peppers and onions.  

And it really adds a depth of flavor to the staple pigeon peas and rice.

Here are a few step-by-step photos of the process:

Need an easy, filling, one-pot meal that is ready in less than 30 minutes? I know as a working mom I need all the help I can get in the kitchen. This one-pot dish combines smoked sausage, pigeon peas, rice, and veggies with a hint of Bahamian flair! Smoked Sausage Peas and Rice Recipe | Take Two Tapas

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This Bahamian Peas and Rice with Smoked Sausage is a great dinner because it is 30 minutes and it is ONE POT! Check out my Butternut Squash soup for a great vegetarian one-pot meal that serves a lot of people for little money!

Peas and rice in a white bowl on a white plate with a salad

Smoked Sausage Peas and Rice Pot

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Need an easy, filling, one-pot meal that is ready in less than 30 minutes? I know as a working mom I need all the help I can get in the kitchen. This easy recipe for a one-pot dish combines smoked sausage, pigeon peas, rice, and veggies with a hint of Bahamian flair!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups long grain rice
  • 1 14 oz package of Hillshire Farm Smoked Sausage (sliced)
  • 1 14 oz can pigeon peas (drained) *gandules
  • 1 medium bell pepper (diced) I use yellow because I am using tomato paste
  • 1 small onion (diced)
  • 2 tablespoons thyme
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 slices bacon (uncooked, chopped small)
  • 4 cups water or broth

Instructions

  1. Place your large pot on the stove and turn on medium heat.
  2. Add the olive oil to get it hot.
  3. Add the onion, pepper, bacon, and sausage to the pot.
  4. Cook until the bacon releases some of its fat and the peppers and onions are almost tender.
  5. Move all of this to one side of the pot.
  6. On the other side, add the rice and tomato paste.
  7. Stir the paste into the rice and coat it, keeping it separate from the sausage and veggies.
  8. Let cook for about 30 seconds and start to toast.
  9. Stir the rice, paste, and sausage mixture all together to combine.
  10. Add the pigeon peas and the thyme, making sure you rub the thyme in your hands to release the oils.
  11. Add the water and bring to a boil.
  12. Reduce temperature to low and cover tightly.
  13. Cook for 20 minutes.
  14. Serve warm, by itself, or with a salad!

Notes

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 353Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 34mgSodium: 514mgCarbohydrates: 31gFiber: 5gSugar: 2gProtein: 14g

This nutrition information was generated via a third party, Nutritionix, and can not be held liable for any discrepancies in the information provided.

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Making this dish at home reminds me of all the times I sat in my grandparent’s kitchen, smelling the rice toasting, and the fish frying next to it.  

The fish we would have caught on the boat that day, and that night I would be enjoying the fruits of my labor with my sunburnt cheeks and some sand still between my toes.

A view from the front porch on Green Turtle Cay

This is a view from the porch of the house and the very sand that I played on as a kid.  When we were done fishing, we could clean our fish right on the shore, and after dinner, we would sit on the shore and watch the stars.  Not a bad way to grow up.  It’s ok to express your jealousy…

I am very lucky to still be able to share these memories with my kids and let them make their own memories, right on this very beach.

In the meantime, back at home and in the middle of a busy week of school and tennis practice, I can make this Smoked Sausage Peas and Rice dish, we can talk about how many fish we are going to catch and which cousins they might be taller than when we go back next summer.

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Barbara Karr

Thursday 4th of April 2019

My grandfather was born in Barbados. He ran away from home at 13 and signed onto a freighter. He worked his way into the kitchen and became a cook. He later settled in NY. That is the background. He made a dish we call split peas and rice. Sadly I never got the recipe. I have asked many people with Island backgrounds and none recognized the dish.Today I found you and your dish is the closest thing I've ever come across. His dish had no tomato. I remember yellow split peas, white rice.onion, and bacon. After reading your recipe I am wondering if his recipe is an American version of a similar dish. I am so happy to have found you! Would you please respond with any information you may have? I have been searching for this recipe for years. It fills the belly and the heart.I think we may share similar cultural backgrounds. And by the way I love your sausage addition. The peas and rice are rather bland but sausage will fix that. Thanks for reading and I'm hoping to hear from you. Best wishes! Barb

Jennifer

Thursday 4th of April 2019

The recipe I have is from my Grandfather on my mother's side. He is Bahamian. He and his sisters were born on Green Turtle Cay, Abaco, Bahamas and I spent most of my summers growing up there. He married my grandmother here in the states when he was 21 and they retired over there in 1992. They both passed away almost 10 years ago but I still make this dish and it reminds me of them. I added the sausage as a one pot meal because, like you said, the pigeon peas and rice can be bland at times, which is why I eat them when I am sick, but I always add a few dashes of hot sauce or "Old Sour" which is fermented lime juice from the Cay. I have also seen a similar version from Jamaica but their spices were a little different and there was more bell peppers in it. I hope you like it and it brings back memories for you too. I will have to try the version with the yellow split peas too:)

Dawn

Thursday 13th of July 2017

This does sound good! How much water do I add? It's not in the ingredient list...

chubcheeks@bellsouth.net

Thursday 13th of July 2017

Dawn, Thanks for letting me know I forgot to add it to the list. It is 4 cups of water or broth. I hope you love it as much as I do! Thanks for reading!

Jennifer | The Deliberate Mom

Tuesday 26th of April 2016

MMMmmmmm, this looks and sounds so fabulous. Healthy and fairly easy to make too! I have to whip this up for the family sometime soon.

Thanks for sharing (and for linking up to the #SHINEbloghop).

Wishing you a lovely evening. xoxo

chubcheeks@bellsouth.net

Thursday 5th of May 2016

Thanks for a great party!

Kathryn @ Family Food on the Table

Friday 22nd of April 2016

What a great one-pot dish! SO many flavors here and definitely good for those crazy weeknights (I have two little ones and I'm totally frazzled too most days!) Love the family history with this dish too :)

chubcheeks@bellsouth.net

Tuesday 26th of April 2016

You might have some for lunch the next day!

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