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Fast & Easy Dinner: Jambalaya

Fast & Easy Dinner: Jambalaya

Tonight, invite your family to celebrate Mardi Gras with this classic Creole rice dish. Although jambalaya traditionally simmers on the stove for hours, this simple variation takes some help from the store, cutting down the cook time.

It's not short of flavor, though; hot sauce, shrimp, and kielbasa sausage provide depth and deliciousness. To get the recipe now,






1 tablespoon olive oil
1 16-ounce package kielbasa, cut into 4-inch rounds
1 28-ounce can whole tomatoes, undrained
1 8-ounce box jambalaya, Spanish, or fiesta-flavored rice mix
1 1-pound package peeled and deveined raw shrimp
1/4 teaspoon hot pepper sauce (optional)


  1. Heat the oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the kielbasa. Cook until browned, about 4 minutes.
  2. Add the tomatoes along with 1/2 cup of water and their liquid and crush with the back of a spoon. Bring to a boil.
  3. Add the rice mix. Reduce heat, cover, and cook for the time specified on the package.
  4. Add the shrimp, stir, cover, and cook until pink, 3 to 4 minutes. Add the hot pepper sauce (if using). Spoon onto plates.

Serves 4.

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Modus-Vivendi Modus-Vivendi 7 years
suzi, no. But I found one that looks good on the food network. I don't have the hours it takes to make the super authentic kind. :(
suziryder suziryder 7 years
Modus, do you have a good recipe for red beans and rice? I forgot about Mardi Gras too, so I don't have anything Mardi Gras-related planned for dinner tonight. I used to like Zataran's jambalaya mix but it is extremely - almost disgustingly - salty so I haven't had it in a long time.
sexylibrarian sexylibrarian 7 years
I am totally making this in honor of Mardi Gras tonight!
aimeeb aimeeb 7 years
Hmmmm never had it.
hanako66 hanako66 7 years
totally trying this tonight...thanks!!
smileyface smileyface 7 years
This looks yummy! I'm going to make this soon. My parents are from the south and we love to get the red hot sausage that you can only get down there but not in NY where we live. But my parents were there recently and brought some of it back so I will use that sausage instead of the kielbasa. Yumm!
Modus-Vivendi Modus-Vivendi 7 years
I totally forgot today was Mardi Gras. My boyfriend is from the South, and I'm going to make this or maybe red beans and rice as a surprise for dinner.
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