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Tomato Rice with Smoked Sausage and Peas

6 Servings

45 minutes

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This homey, comforting one-pot meal is a riff on Cuban arroz con salchichas, or rice and sausage. We first brown slices of smoky kielbasa, then sauté a simple sofrito of onion and poblano pepper to build flavor. Garlic, cumin, dried oregano and bay provide heady aroma. The concentrated flavor of tomato paste brings umami richness and tints the rice a rusty red hue. To keep the peas fresh and green, we scatter them over the surface of the rice when cooking is complete, then let the rice to stand for 10 minutes. The residual heat thaws and cooks the peas, so there’s no need to defrost them before use. If desired, offer lemon or lime wedges on the side for squeezing at the table.




Don’t worry if the rice browns in areas on the bottom of the pot. Simply scrape up those tasty bits and stir them into the mix.

45 minutes


  • 2

    tablespoons grapeseed or other neutral oil, divided

  • 1

    pound kielbasa sausage, sliced ½ inch thick


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Lindsey T.
April 7, 2024
Delicious, used an oven
Great balance of flavors. I make a side salad with a garlicky yogurt dressing and it goes really well! To cook the dish I used the same trick I use for arroz con pollo: heated the oven to 350, covered the pot, baked for 20 minutes, pulled it out and let it sit covered for another 15. The rice is perfect every time! (I always use Arborio rice)
Nancy B.
January 12, 2024
Excellent weeknight meal
This was quick and really delicious.
sylvia M.
January 3, 2024
Nice weeknight meal
This was a delicious dish. I plan on making it again and adding shrimp along with the kielbasa for more protein.
Connie B.
December 21, 2023
Perfect dish on a winter night
Our grocery store was out of Poblano peppers so we had to substitute Anaheim pepper instead. The directions were perfect, and we had about 3 cups of leftover Mexican rice that shortened the cooking time by about 20 minutes. Tasty and fun recipe.
Bonnie R.
May 1, 2024
Great flavor but trouble with rice
I’ve made this dish twice and had the same problem both times with the rice being under done. The second attempt I added more water and kept adding but it never completely cooked. I can only think it’s the moisture content of the onions and peppers that is throwing it off. I’m going to keep trying because the overall flavor is great.