I’m always thinking of quick and easy recipes to make at home for dinner. Especially with a newborn now and the kids’ busy schedule life can get pretty hectic. When I was asked to create a recipe for Mardi Gras, using Johnsonville Kitchen’s new fully cooked sausage, I knew I wanted to make a rice dish that was easy, simple and very delicious. I mean who doesn’t like rice? But I didn’t want just any regular rice, I wanted to make yellow rice and incorporate it in my recipe with the Johnsonville’s fully cooked sausage. I mean who doesn’t think of some kind of jazzed up rice dish for Mardi Gras… I know I do. Especially if its packed with lots of flavor, which this one is. 🙂

I used the Johnsonville’s New Orleans Brand, Andouille Smoked Sausage of course, it went perfectly with my Mardi Gras-inspired recipe. These split rope sausages have such great flavor and they have NO Fillers, which is HUGE! Did you know that Johnsonville Sausages are proudly made using only premium cuts of pork to pack in the real flavor and is also available in other unique flavors. I also like these split rope sausages because it allows portion control and if a recipe doesn’t call for using all of the sausages then I can save them for another day, another recipe.

I also added a few touches of my own, such as chopped garlic, onions. green pepper, chicken stock for the rice to cook in, and a can of diced tomatoes. This is a perfect 30 minute meal for any day of the week, especially during a busy week.

Now I know that Mardi Gras isn’t for a few days but early planning is always the key to a great celebration. If your like me and you wont be finding yourself celebrating Mardi Gras in New Orleans, but still want to celebrate the planning ahead is exactly what you need to do. Invite some friends and neighbors over make a big pot of this delicious Yellow Rice dish and enjoy!

Just make sure you have some King Cake to end the night with!!!!! 😀

Johnsonville Split Rope Sausage is packed with flavor to make your dinners easier and more delicious. Get ready for Mardi Gras with Johnsonville! Visit Johnsonville.com for great recipes!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Johnsonville Sausage. The opinions and text are all mine.

Yellow Rice with Sausage

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 4-6 servings

Yellow Rice with Sausage

This yellow rice dish is packed with lots of flavor and delicious sliced Andouille sausages.


  • 2 cups Long-Grain Rice
  • 3 cups Chicken Stock
  • 2 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup Green Pepper, chopped
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 packet Yellow Food Coloring, (I used Vigo)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Smoked Paprika
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Black Pepper
  • For Sausage Mixture:
  • 1 tablespoon Extra-Virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon Butter
  • 1 clove Garlic, minced
  • 1/2 Onion, chopped
  • 1 can Diced Tomatoes, drained
  • 1 package Split Rope Sausages, Andouille Sausage, cut in 1/2 inch slices diagonally
  • Salt and black pepper to taste


  1. In a medium pot combine all rice ingredients and bring to a boil on high heat. Once it is boiling lower the heat to a simmer and cover for 15-20 minutes or until rice is completely cooked.
  2. For Sausage Mixture:
  3. While the rice is cooking in a large sauté pan add olive oil and butter and heat on medium heat. Once that is melted and heated add the garlic and onions. Sauté for 5 minutes or until onions become translucent.
  4. Next, drain and then add the can of tomatoes. Cook for another 5 minutes. Add salt and black pepper. White that is cooking chop up the split ope sausages in 1/2 inch slices diagonally.
  5. Cook for 12 minutes. Once the rice is finished cooking add the yellow rice to the sausage mixture and cook together for another 5-10 minutes just to combine all the flavors. Add more salt and black pepper if you choose.