Cheesy Sausage Zucchini Rice Skillet is filled with plump pieces of kielbasa sausage, buttery rice and nutrient rich zucchini, all made in just one skillet!
Cheesy Sausage Zucchini Rice Skillet is my newest one skillet dinner recipe and you’re going to love the little trick I use to make this an extra creamy dish.
I’m so excited guys! Guess what, guess what, guess what?!?!
I’ve partnered with Land O’Lakes for the year and I could not be happier! This recipe is the first one to kick off our partnership, and what better way to do it than with a super easy dinner idea, which is perfect for back to school season!?
A couple months back I flew back to Minnesota to visit the Land O’Lakes test kitchens and meet some of their dairy farmers.
I even got to milk a cow you guys. Epic.
I learned so much about the amazing company and their love and dedication to their farmers and making sure they deliver the very best product to consumers.
One of the newer products we taste tested was this spreadable Land O Lakes® Butter with Olive Oil and Sea Salt. I was blown away at how delicious this product is and it features just 3 ingredients! Sweet Cream, Olive Oil, and Salt!
I’ve been using this on my toast, bagels, corn on the cob and here’s my favorite way to use it : as a recipe starter!
Since this product contains olive oil, it’s perfect for starting out your recipes in the skillet, as the olive oil will reduce the chances of burning.
This recipe starts off with 2 tablespoons of butter, then you brown your sausage and toast your rice before adding in the chicken broth.
Once the rice is nice and tender, you’ll toss in some shredded zucchini, shredded cheddar cheese and some shredded mozzarella cheese.
Give it a good stir and you’re ready for my next awesome trick…
Add another couple tablespoons of that delicious Land O Lakes® Butter with Olive Oil and Sea Salt and give it a good stir.
The butter makes the rice super creamy, almost like a risotto, without all the fuss!
This whole dinner comes together in less than 25 minutes, and is completely delicious – that’s what I call a weeknight win!
Plus I love that I get to sneak in some zucchini, so it’s a full meal in one bowl!
Next time you’re at the store make sure to grab a tub of Land O Lakes® Butter with Olive Oil and Sea Salt and give it a try. You’re going to fall in love with it, I promise.
Then go ahead and make this Cheesy Sausage Zucchini Rice Skillet for dinner. You’re welcome!
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Cheesy Sausage Zucchini Rice Skillet
- 4 tablespoons Land O Lakes® Butter with Olive Oil and Sea Salt, divided
- 1 lb. Kielbasa sausage, cut into bite size pieces
- 1/2 cup diced onion
- 1 teaspoon garlic salt
- 1 cup long grain white rice
- 2 1/2 cups chicken broth
- 1 medium zucchini, shredded
- 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1 cup shredded mild cheddar cheese
- salt and pepper
- Melt 2 tablespoons of Land O Lakes® Butter with Olive Oil and Sea Salt in a large skillet over medium heat. Add in the sausage and cook until lightly browned. Add in the onion and garlic salt and cook until onion is tender, about 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in the rice and cook, until lightly toasted, about 1 minute.
- Pour in the chicken broth and stir, breaking up any browned bits on the bottom of the pan. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low, cover and cook for 15 minutes, or until liquid is absorbed.
- Fluff rice and add in the zucchini and both cheeses. Stir until cheese is melted into rice, then add the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter and stir until melted. Serve immediately.
Disclaimer: This post is in partnership with Land O’Lakes. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that help make I Wash You Dry possible.
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Just made this and it was delicious! It was quite salty though. I used kielbasa and stock and added the salt as well. I’ll tweek it so next time I don’t need to add the salt. And maybe reduced sodium broth. But loved the pop of zucchini! It wasn’t over cooked! Is there a less salty sausage alternative?
Stock can be a little extra salty. I would recommend using the reduced sodium broth next time. 🙂
Fantastic recipe, right up until I added the cheese, which made it heavy, gloppy, and gelatinous. The flavor, ease of preparation, and appeal of using just one skillet would entice me to make this again, but with half or none of the cheese for a lighter healthier option.
Hmm… that’s weird that you had that experience when the cheese was added? I’ve never had that happen. You can definitely reduce or remove cheese to your preference.
I’m willing to bet you used pre-shredded cheese! You need to grate your own. Pre shredded is so awful and doesn’t melt right!
This was easy, quick and really good.
So great to hear Deborah!
Made this tonight. It was very hearty and yummy! The house smelled good too. I used jasmine rice and it turned out perfectly. Thanks.
I’m so glad you enjoyed the recipe Michele!
Very tasty. I used only 1 cup total of cheese, as that’s all I had, and it was still very cheesy. Thanks for sharing this easy dinner recipe!
Excellent! I’m so glad you enjoyed it Kelley!
Ah-Mazing!!! My family and I were gonna cook this recipe for my best family lunch and dinner today and tomorrow!!!!
Yay!! So glad you enjoyed it!
This looks great! Someone brought us a similar meal after we had a baby and my husband loved it. Can’t wait to try this! Also, thank you for promoting Land O Lakes. I grew up on a dairy farm here in Lancaster County, PA and that is where our milk went I support dairy farmers as much as I can because with the almond milk, soy milk fads among other things, they are hurting pretty badly! Anyway, thanks for this recipe!
I hope you enjoy the recipe Amber!
I’m glad somebody asked about using leftover rice up above. I have made this recipe once before, but I also have some pre-cooked FARRO that I’d like to use tonight. I will follow Nona’s suggestion! And yes this is a delicious recipe!
I bet the Farro would be a great substitution!
My wife doesn’t like zucchini, so I subbed with peas. Just okay. I think next time I will use asparagus. Very easy and super tasty . Love this recipe.
I’m glad you enjoyed it!
Made this for dinner and it was delicious! I only have cheddar on hand and doubled the zucchini and it was perfect.
Sounds fantastic! So glad you enjoyed the recipe Macy!
Do you think I could stir in fresh asparagus?
This looks great! I wish these recipes had the nutritional breakdown included with the directions
This recipe was so yummy!! Even my picky kids loved it! It’s going into the rotation. Ha!
I made this for the first time for dinner last night! I used regular sausage (pork and beef), regular butter and a little olive oil since that’s what I had on hand. Everyone in my house really enjoyed it! My husband said it was very good and my youngest adult daughter commented it was “Awesome!” It was so quick and easy, and I will definitely make it again! I think it’s worthy of a 5-star rating! Thank you, Shawn, for yet another great recipe!
Awesome! So glad you guys enjoyed it!
Hi enjoy your website!! I made this for dinner, but rice was still hard. . Had great flavor, so I know I probably didn’t turn down heat after bringing broth to boil? Tried following recipe closely…what did I do wrong? Thank you!
Hi Ruthie, you’ll want to make sure you bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat and cover the dish. Sometimes, depending on elevation and what not, your rice might take longer to cook. Just keep cooking until the rice is tender and cooked.
Do you have any sides or other veggies with this or is pretty much a meal on its own?
We serve this as a meal, but you could always pair it with a green salad!
This recipe looks so YUMMY! But I’m trying to limit our carb intake for health reasons. So I’m going to try and make this with cauliflower “rice” and eliminate the chicken stock since I don’t need it to cook the cauliflower. Hopefully it will still turn out yummy. I’m always looking for new ways to cook cauliflower “rice”. Fingers crossed.
Perhaps I’m just a novice but do you use cooked rice or does the rice cook in the skillet? (I thought rice had to cook in water)
You can cook rice in water or any kind of broth.
Can you use brown rice instead of the white rice in this dish? Will it make a difference in taste?
Did you try this with brown rice? How did it turn out?
how would you do this with leftover rice? I accidently cooked WAY more than needed the other night. This sounds so good and would like to try
I would stir in the rice and see looks like first, then if it needs the chicken stock just add a little, stir the rest of the stuff in, but if you think it needs more chicken stock add more , just a little at a time, you don’t want it soupy I think it will be fine. Try it.
I agree with what Nona has said here!
What do you think about using Italian sausage in this recipe
That would definitely work too! You could even use diced chicken, ground beef, shrimp… the options are endless!
We can’t get Land O Lakes in Canada could you give me an alternative? thanks it looks amazing…Bonita
Oh man! What a bummer that you can’t get Land O Lakes Butter! You can definitely substitute stick butter in the place of this, plus add a touch of olive oil to prevent any burning. Enjoy Bonita!