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Sausage and Rice Casserole

In this post I’m sharing my version of a Sausage and Rice Casserole.

Y’all, go ahead and file this under delicious! It’s a great casserole as a meal or a side dish for larger dinners, like Thanksgiving or Christmas.

The first time that I made a sausage and rice casserole, it was a recipe from a fellow blogger, Mandy, and was in her latest cookbook that had just been released. 

We all enjoyed the dish very much but it has been three years since I’ve had it. Sigh. That is one of the things about being a food blogger is that meals don’t come back into rotation often enough. 

Last week the craziest thing happened….all of the sudden I was seeing recipes for sausage and rice casseroles pop up everywhere in my news feeds. I took that as a sign from above that I needed to make one again and this time thought I’d give it my own twist and share with y’all.


Sausage and Rice Dressing

Thanksgiving Rice Dressing

Just look at that moist, creamy and delicious casserole! Yes, it is also sometimes referred to as dressing as well. 

We enjoyed this sausage casserole for dinner the evening that I made it and I had it again for lunch the next day. I may or may not have had bigger than should be allowed portions too. 

I would like to offer a couple of tips when making this casserole:

  • Grease the casserole dish well with some softened butter to prevent sticking.
  • About halfway through baking, carefully pull out the oven rack so you can gently turn the casserole…this ensures you don’t get a lot of crunchy rice bits on top. This also helps to incorporate that nice crispy bits from the sides throughout the casserole so everyone gets some.

Easy Casserole Dinner Recipe

Thanksgiving Rice Dressing with Sausage

What is the difference between rice dressing and dirty rice? Quite a bit actually. Dirty rice is more of a skillet dish that contains beef, pork and chicken livers. Rice Dressing is made using only pork breakfast sausage and baked with a few other ingredients. They taste nothing alike.

Do I have to use creamed soups in this recipe? Yes! Creamed soups are an essential part of many casserole recipes and keep it moist and add flavor. 

I cook nearly every day of the year and out of 365 days, I might use creamed soups 5 of those days. Moderation is the key to all food choices.

Sausage and Rice casserole side dish recipe in a glass Pioneer Woman baking dish

The spicy breakfast sausage works really well in this recipe. If you’re sensitive to spicier foods then you could opt for a mild sausage instead. 

Plate of sausage and rice casserole, a Southern recipe

Below you’ll find the step by step instructions for preparing this dish in the printable recipe card.

Yield: 1- 13 x 9 Casserole

Sausage and Rice Casserole

Amazing recipe for sausage and rice casserole

A delicious, creamy and savory sausage and rice casserole that is perfect as the main meal or as a side dish.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 50 minutes


  • 1 lb Hot Breakfast Sausage
  • 1 tbs Butter, softened (to grease the casserole dish)
  • 10.5 oz Canned Cream of Mushroom Soup
  • 10.5 oz Canned Cream of Chicken Soup
  • 1 Yellow Onion, diced
  • 1/2 c Celery, diced
  • 1 c White Long Grain Rice
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper, diced
  • 1 c Sharp Cheddar Cheese, freshly grated
  • Cracked Black Pepper, to taste


  1. Cook the breakfast sausage in a skillet, crumble and drain well.
  2. Preheat oven to 350°F ( 176°C )
  3. Grease a rectangle baking dish well with a tablespoon of softened butter.
  4. In a mixing bowl, combine all of the ingredients together. NOTE: Do not dilute the creamed soups.
  5. Pour the mixture into the prepared baking dish.
  6. Bake 1 ½ Hours.
  7. Halfway through baking, carefully pull the oven rack out and gently turn the casserole mixture.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 276Total Fat: 20gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 56mgSodium: 589mgCarbohydrates: 10gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 13g

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Michelle Kessler

Thursday 23rd of July 2020

This was perfect comfort food for a family that just lost a loved-one. I added fresh mushrooms and fresh broccoli. Thank you for sharing this recipe!

Julia Jordan

Friday 24th of July 2020

Michelle, Thank you! My condolences to the family who lost someone.


Sunday 12th of April 2020

Do we use pre-cooked rice? Thanks!

Julia Jordan

Sunday 12th of April 2020

Lynne, No, the rice cooks in the casserole while it bakes. ~Julia

Martin A Webber

Friday 13th of December 2019

When you say turn the casserole do you mean mix it or rotate the dish?

Julia Jordan

Friday 13th of December 2019

The post gave a bit more detail to that step...lightly mix the casserole mixture to prevent the rice on top from getting crunchy

Miz Helen

Tuesday 19th of November 2019

This looks like a delicious Sausage and Rice Casserole. Thanks so much for sharing your awesome post with us at Full Plate Thursday, 457. Hope you are having a great week and come back to see us real soon! Miz Helen

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