You don't have to sacrifice the traditional smoky punch of this Cajun favorite just because you're short on time. All you need is some purchased sausage and quick-cooking brown rice to create a rich, satisfying dinner on any weeknight. Have some sliced berries for dessert to cool off your palate!

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, February/March 2005


Recipe Summary

25 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Heat oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add sausage and pepper-onion mix; cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables soften, 3 to 5 minutes.

  • Add broth to the pot and bring to a boil. Add rice, stir once, cover and cook for 5 minutes. Add shrimp and stir to incorporate. Remove from the heat and let stand, covered, until the shrimp are opaque and cooked through, 5 to 6 minutes. Fluff with a fork and serve.


Ingredient Note: Andouille sausage is a smoky, mildly spicy pork sausage commonly used in Cajun cooking. Look for it near other smoked sausages in large supermarkets or specialty food stores.

Nutrition Facts

392 calories; protein 27.1g; carbohydrates 44.2g; dietary fiber 3.3g; sugars 5.6g; fat 9.2g; saturated fat 2.8g; cholesterol 127.5mg; vitamin a iu 502.3IU; vitamin c 36.4mg; folate 13.8mcg; calcium 57.3mg; iron 1.1mg; magnesium 73.5mg; potassium 188.4mg; sodium 650mg; thiamin 0.1mg.

Reviews (4)

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8 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 1
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
Family Favorite! The recipe may sound simple but it has a lot of flavor. Try it! Pros: Great easy recipe as written. I do chop my own veggies instead of using a frozen mix though. Read More
Rating: 1 stars
This is not jambalaya. I was born and raised in New Orleans. Just because you add andouille or smoked sausage and shrimp doesn't make it jambalaya! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Better than Take-Out I will keep these ingredients on hand so I'm never again tempted to stop for fattening unhealthy take-out. I can make this quicker than the pizza guy can deliver. Pros: Quik delicious handy Read More
Rating: 4 stars
I agree needs flavor I don't think the nutritional value will change much if thyme parsley basil and some tomato paste is added. That's what I did and I used Turkey Kielbasa to keep it low fat. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
I will be honest-- I haven't made this recipe... but I am unlikely to do so. Other than those contained in the andouille sausage (provided that you use andouille and not the low-fat kielbasa listed as an alternative) there is no spice or seasoning in this recipe! No paprika no garlic no chili powder no Old Bay on the shrimp nothing. Sorry but that doesn't sound Cajun to me! Read More
Rating: 3 stars
Added spice I added a bit of Old Bay Seasoning and it really did the trick......good recipe and quick Read More
Rating: 4 stars
The andouille is not optional! This was really easy to make - we had left overs for a week and my husband ate every last scrap! However it would be a lot more like a traditional jambalaya with the addition of perhaps some sort of diced tomatoes and some cajun spices...however don't short sell the use of the andouille - it really does provide flavor for the ENTIRE dish! Pros: Quick easy good Cons: Not a whole lot of spice Read More
Rating: 3 stars
Yes the only spices are in the andouille sausage (provided you use it). Do get creative and add some spices to it. Otherwise it's blend. But it's a fast decently tasty meal. Pros: fast Cons: need more taste Read More