"This easy rice dish is a simplified takeoff of a Cooking Light risotto made with yellow bell peppers and sausage. The saffron rice mix gives the yellow color of the roasted bell peppers." --CL Reader
1 (5-ounce) package saffron rice mix (such as Mahatma)
2 (4-ounce) links turkey Italian sausage
2 cups frozen whole-kernel corn
1 garlic clove, minced
1/4 cup (1 ounce) grated fresh Parmesan cheese
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
Dash of salt
Minced fresh cilantro (optional)
How to Make It
Cook rice according to package directions, omitting salt and fat.
Remove casings from sausage. Cook sausage in a large skillet over medium-high heat until browned, stirring to crumble. Remove from the pan with a slotted spoon.
Add corn and garlic to pan, and cook over medium heat 3 minutes, stirring frequently. Stir in rice, sausage, cheese, chili powder, cumin, pepper, and salt. Reduce heat to low, and cook, stirring constantly, until thoroughly heated. Sprinkle with cilantro, if desired.
Delicious the next day, too. Made a few small changes-- used 5.3oz saffron risotto mix, pork Italian sausage, fresh corn (2 stalks), and added a little onion, orange bell pepper, and mild jalapeno to the saute. Would definitely make this again and might experiment with other alterations.
This has the most wonderful flavor! I took some reviewer suggestions and added red pepper and onion when cooking the sausage. I would like to add even more ingredients (maybe black olives) so I'll be experimenting with this recipe again and again.
This came together in just over 20 minutes. Used chicken broth to cook the package rice. Cooked 1/2c chopped onion and 1/2c chopped red bell pepper with Trader Joe chipotle chicken sausage. Used low-fat shredded Mexican blend cheese instead of parmesan. Served with a CL black bean salad. Very easy to tweak to taste.