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Sausage-and-Wild Rice Casserole

Prep time 20 mins
Cook time 30 mins
Bake time 1 hr
Stand time 5 mins
Yield Makes 8 to 10 servings
You can assemble this dish the night before through Step 4 (do not add broth), and refrigerate. Stir in broth just before baking.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 (1-lb.) package sage ground pork sausage
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 2 (6-oz.) packages long-grain and wild rice mix
  • 2 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh or 1 tsp. dried rubbed sage
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 3 1/2 cups low-sodium chicken broth

How to Make It

  1. Heat 1/2 cup chopped pecans in a large nonstick skillet over medium-low heat, stirring often, 5 minutes or until toasted. Remove toasted pecans from skillet.

  2. Brown sausage in same skillet over medium-high heat, stirring often, 10 minutes or until meat crumbles and is no longer pink. Remove sausage from skillet using a slotted spoon; reserve drippings in skillet.

  3. Melt butter in hot drippings over medium heat. Add onion and celery, and sauté 10 to 15 minutes or until celery is tender.

  4. Remove 1 seasoning packet from rice mixes; reserve for another use. Combine sausage, vegetable mixture, remaining seasoning packet, rice, and next 3 ingredients in a lightly greased 13- x 9-inch baking dish. Stir in chicken broth until well blended.

  5. Bake, covered, at 325° for 1 hour or until liquid is almost absorbed. Let stand 5 minutes. Sprinkle chopped pecans on top.