Marie's Spicy Rice

Tuesday 10 November 2009

Most weekdays I don't have a lot of time for cooking at home. I cook all day at work, with only a short break in between my morning and my evening shift, and so it is during that time that I must get a dinner ready for Todd and myself. I know that when I get home later in the evening, not only will I be too tired to cook, but neither one of us likes to eat that late at night . . .

People wonder how I can spend my days cooking at work, and then come home and continue to cook there.

It's easy really . . . when you love cooking as much as I do!!

This is a real stand by type of dish, easy and quick to throw together when I don't have a lot of time to spend.

It is rib sticking delicious! My kind of dish.

Lazy day food.

Store cupboard food.

Comfort food at it's best.

*Marie's Spicy Rice*
Serves 8
Printable Recipe

A tasty one pot dish made with veggies, meat and rice. Delicious! You only need a tossed salad on the side to complete the meal. This is rib sticking comfort food! Just perfect for those rushed weekdays when you are starving, but don't have a lot of time to put a meal together!

2 TBS butter
1 large onion, peeled and chopped
1 sweet green pepper, seeded and chopped
8 spring onions, trimmed and chopped
2 stalks of celery, trimmed and chopped
16 ounces cubed cooked ham
16 ounces smoked sausage, sliced
(Mattesson's makes a good one, and it comes in low fat)
1 400g tin of chopped tomatoes
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
1/2 tsp Smoked Paprika with Sweet Red pepper and thyme
(I got mine at Marks and Spencers)
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
5 cups cooked rice

Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Once it starts to foam, add the onion, green pepper, spring onions and celery. Cook, stirring from time to time until tender. Add the ham, sausage, chopped tomatoes, salt, pepper, paprika spice and cayenne pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally for about 15 minutes, until the tomatoes are quite reduced and the mixture is thickened. Stir in the rice and cook for an additional 15 minutes. Serve hot.


  1. Oh, this is good! My Mom used to make something similar to this dish of yours, Maire... this gave me a nice walk down memory lane as well as inspiration! Happy Day, dear friend--LOVE YA ((BIG HUGS))

  2. Dear Marie, this look specially yummy and tastu, My mom make a similar rice with chicken and is so tasty too, huggs and kisses, xoxoxo gloria

  3. Looks and sounds like my state's (Louisiana) Jambalaya. I think the difference is tomato. None in jambalaya. Think I will try this one. Maybe hubby will like it better.

  4. Oh, yum! My husband will adore this! (My girls, too!) I'm glad you love cooking so much--I love your cooking, too! Hope you're having a wonderful day!

  5. This sounds a lot like my Spanish rice dish. Yummy and quick! Sometimes I like to stuff it into par-boiled green peppers and bake with a little cheese on top..Double Yummy as Jim would say!


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