I always thought these recipes looked boring. How can plain old tomato sauce make plain old rice taste good? I mean, I love tomatoes but sauce can be pretty boring.
This red rice is anything but boring. Probably due to the sausage. And the fact that I used some roasted tomato sauce in place of half of the plain sauce. No extra spices added to that sauce (which I’ll write about this summer when tomatoes are in high season!) but the roasting makes them absolutely fabulous. Actually, if you want to see the original roasted sauce, head here. I did change mine up a bit but as I said, I’ll write about it later. Patience people!
Adapted from Extending the Table, page 148
2 cups brown rice
2 cups water
1 pound pork sausage
2 onions, diced
3 ribs celery, diced
1 green pepper, diced
1 1/2 cups tomato sauce (half roasted, half plain)
1/2 t salt
Cook rice in water until tender, about 45 minutes. Meanwhile, brown the sausage. When it’s about halfway done, add the onions, celery and peppers. Cook until sausage is brown and veggies are softened. Stir in the cooked rice, tomato sauce, and salt. Heat through. Serve immediately with any desired toppings (sour cream, hot sauce, etc.)
Yield: 5 healthy portions