Sausage and Rice Casserole

Casseroles are go-to recipes and this sausage and rice casserole is definitely a favorite. It is loaded with wonderful ingredients that make this dish hearty and full of flavor.

sausage and rice casserole in two bowls and a baking dish.

Why This is the Best Sausage Casserole With Rice Recipe

I cannot say it enough, the flavor! You will be surprised by how flavorful this dish is.

It has richness with butter and cheese. Onion and green pepper paired with ground sausage is simply delectable.

Then when you add in rice, it turns the casserole into a full-blown meal all in one dish. What is not to love about that?

It truly is at the top of the list of all sausage and rice recipes!

Sausage Rice Casserole Ingredients

All of the ingredients in this casserole are easily found at your local grocery store. Here’s a handy list of all that’s in the dish:

  • Uncooked rice
  • Dry onion soup mix
  • Butter
  • Celery
  • Green bell pepper
  • Onion
  • Canned mushrooms
  • Shredded cheddar cheese
  • Hot sausage
  • Water
  • Salt
  • Ground black pepper
sausage and rice casserole ingredients on a tray.

Recipe Variations

One of the things great about cooking is the opportunity to change up the recipe with add-ins and ingredient substitutions.

  • Want something other than rice? Use quinoa or finely diced cauliflower.
  • Don’t like mushrooms? Leave them out! Or you can replace them with broccoli or your favorite vegetable.
  • Also, if you don’t have a green bell pepper but have another color, that’s okay! It will still work and turn out delicious.

How to Make Sausage and Rice Casserole

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cook and drain the sausage.
  3. Place the rice in a 3-quart casserole dish.
  4. Add soup mix and water.
rice, water, and onion soup mix in a baking dish.
  1. Place celery, green pepper, onion, mushrooms, butter, sausage, salt, and pepper over the rice.
sausage and rice casserole in a baking dish before baking.
  1. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes.
  2. Sprinkle shredded cheese on top.
  3. Return the dish to the oven and bake for 15 minutes.
two bowls of sausage and rice casserole and two forks.

How to Serve Sausage Rice Casserole

Serve this casserole by itself or with a light salad or soup. You can also serve a small dessert to finish off the meal in a delicious way.

Here are some suggestions:

How Store Sausage Casserole with Rice

Allow the casserole to cool to room temperature. Cover the pan with aluminum foil and store it in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

How to Freeze Sausage and Rice Casserole

If you want to freeze the whole casserole before baking it, wrap it completely with plastic wrap and again with aluminum foil.

Or if you want to store the leftovers in the freezer, you should portion out the rest of the casserole and place the portions in a freezer-safe container.

Wrap the containers with plastic wrap or put them in freezer-safe plastic bags. Place them in the freezer.

Sausage casserole with rice will last for up to 3 months in the freezer.

How to Reheat Sausage Casserole

The best way to reheat this casserole is by baking it at 350 degrees until it is heated all the way through. The time will depend on portion size, larger portions will take longer to heat.

You can also rewarm leftovers in a skillet over medium heat. Add a little broth if needed.

Microwaving is another option. Microwave it in 30 to 45-second intervals until it is warmed through.

overhead view of sausage and rice casserole in bowls and baking dish.

Favorite Casserole Recipes

Check out more of my easy casserole recipes and the best comfort food recipes here on CopyKat!

sausage and rice casserole in two bowls and a baking dish.

Sausage and Rice Casserole

Sausage and Rice Casserole is a flavorful and hearty meal.
5 from 1 vote
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Casserole Recipes, Sausage and Rice Casserole, Sausage Rice Casserole
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 55 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 486kcal


  • 1 pound ground hot sausage
  • 1 1/2 cups rice
  • 1 envelope dry onion soup mix
  • 3 cups water
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 4 ounces canned mushrooms drained
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Cook the sausage in a pan over medium-high heat. Drain.
  • Place the rice in a 3-quart casserole dish.
  • Add the soup mix and water. Stir to combine.
  • Add celery, green pepper, onion, mushrooms, butter, sausage, salt, and pepper.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes.
  • Sprinkle shredded cheese on top.
  • Bake for an additional 15 minutes.


Calories: 486kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 86mg | Sodium: 1109mg | Potassium: 337mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 600IU | Vitamin C: 10.1mg | Calcium: 137mg | Iron: 1.2mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of's Dining Out in the Home, and's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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  1. Marsha

    5 stars
    This looks great, but:
    What kind of rice. Is it pre-cooked or raw?
    and for us Canadians: How much does 1 stick of butter amount to? 1/4 cup, 1/2 cup?

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