15-Minute Cheesy Sausage Broccoli Skillet

This post is sponsored by Eckrich Smoked Sausage; however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

Why does it feel like summer just started and already I’m seeing bathing suits replaced with denim and brightly hued school supplies?

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Whether you want to spend more time with your family during the last few days of summer break or need speedy school night dinner recipes, Cheesy Sausage Broccoli Skillet is your answer! 

Sharp cheddar cheese tossed with rice, broccoli florets, roasted red pepper and tender Eckrich Smoked Sausage. Dinner is ready in just 15 minutes!

What takes only 15 minutes to make, has loads of flavor and will soon be your favorite family go-to dinner? Cheesy Sausage Broccoli Skillet!

What do you stock your refrigerator and pantry with for busy weeknight meals? Especially around back-to-school?

Sharp cheddar cheese tossed with rice, broccoli florets, roasted red pepper and tender Eckrich Smoked Sausage. Dinner is ready in just 15 minutes! #easydinnerideas #skilletmeals #onepandinner www.savoryexperiments.com

For me, it’s meals with ingredients that are easy to store and are also customizable. Eckrich Smoked Sausage is one of those items.

Coming in so many flavors and forms, Eckrich Smoked Sausage is naturally hardwood smoked and a proprietary blend of spices for a rich, savory taste. It’s so simple to cook these up, I always keep them in stock for the busy summer days.

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Not to mention it’s easy to find in the Deli section of your local grocery store.

Whether you have Lil’ Smokies Beef Cocktail Smoked Sausage, Smoked Sausage Links or traditional Smoked Sausage Ropes, they are the perfect go-to ingredient to make a quick, easy and delicious meal for you and your family.

Sharp cheddar cheese tossed with rice, broccoli florets, roasted red pepper and tender Eckrich Smoked Sausage. Dinner is ready in just 15 minutes! #easydinnerideas #skilletmeals #onepandinner www.savoryexperiments.com

Cheesy Sausage Broccoli Skillet only takes 15 minutes and has four simple steps.

Sharp cheddar cheese tossed with rice, broccoli florets, roasted red pepper and tender Eckrich Smoked Sausage. Dinner is ready in just 15 minutes! #easydinnerideas #skilletmeals #onepandinner www.savoryexperiments.com
  1. Brown the sausage. This brings out the flavor that will help season the rice.
  2. While instant rice is usually soooo boring, toasting it with the sausage gives it an earthy, nutty flavor. Cooking it in chicken broth instead of water further amplifies the flavor.
  3. Frozen broccoli and jarred roasted red peppers are two ingredients I always have on hand, but you can substitute, omit or add a handful of other tasty vegetables. Keep reading for some of my fabulous ideas!
  4. Any extra liquid from the rice or vegetables helps make the cheesy sauce that coats your rice. I do suggest using freshly shredded cheese. While pre-shredded saves time, it is tossed in flour and sometimes doesn’t melt as well, resulting in a grainy texture.
Sharp cheddar cheese tossed with rice, broccoli florets, roasted red pepper and tender Eckrich Smoked Sausage. Dinner is ready in just 15 minutes! #easydinnerideas #skilletmeals #onepandinner www.savoryexperiments.com

In my house, this skillet feeds four, but we are hungry, hungry hippos. If you have small eaters, it will feed 6.

And if you need to make it stretch, you can always double the sausage or rice, just add 1 additional cup of instant rice and 1 cup chicken broth. But this means you might also want to throw in a little extra cheese.

Sharp cheddar cheese tossed with rice, broccoli florets, roasted red pepper and tender Eckrich Smoked Sausage. Dinner is ready in just 15 minutes! #easydinnerideas #skilletmeals #onepandinner www.savoryexperiments.com

You can also modify this Sausage Skillet with other pantry and fridge essentials. Try throwing in frozen peas, canned corn, lime beans or fresh tomatoes.

Cheddar cheese can be swapped out for any other type of cheese. See recipe notes for even more ideas!

Add pepper jack cheese and a few tablespoons of salsa for a spicy, Mexican inspired cheesy skillet.

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Sharp cheddar cheese tossed with rice, broccoli florets, roasted red pepper and tender Eckrich Smoked Sausage. Dinner is ready in just 15 minutes! #easydinnerideas #skilletmeals #onepandinner www.savoryexperiments.com

Before you get started, make sure you know how to properly season your cast iron and how to clean your cast iron

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Sharp cheddar cheese tossed with rice, broccoli florets, roasted red pepper and tender Eckrich Smoked Sausage. Dinner is ready in just 15 minutes! #easydinnerideas #skilletmeals #onepandinner www.savoryexperiments.com

Cheesy Sausage Broccoli Skillet

4.82 from 11 votes
This Cheesy Sausage Broccoli Skillet is so easy to make with rice, sliced sausage veggies and of course, CHEESE! Ready in 15 minutes! 
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4

Equipment

  • Heat Resistant Rubber Spatula

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Heat vegetable oil in a large cast iron pan or skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Brown sausage medallions, flipping until uniformly seared, approximately 5 minutes.
  • Add rice, tossing with sausage to brown and coat.
  • Add chicken broth, sea salt and black pepper. Using a spatula, stir and make it even.
  • Reduce heat to low and cover for 5 minutes. *
  • Remove lid and stir in frozen broccoli and chopped, drained roasted red pepper. Cook for 2-3 minutes, or until broccoli is heated through.
  • Toss with shredded cheddar cheese.
  • Serve immediately.
  • If you’ve tried this recipe, make sure to come back and let us know how it was! 

Notes

*Use a sheet of aluminum foil for a quick, disposable lid that doesn’t require any cleaning! Variations: Chopped onion or garlic, onion or garlic powder, scallions, fresh bell pepper, canned tomatoes, drained, hot sauce, crushed red pepper flakes, frozen peas or frozen corn.

Nutrition

Calories: 542 kcal, Carbohydrates: 43 g, Protein: 16 g, Fat: 30 g, Saturated Fat: 10 g, Cholesterol: 44 mg, Sodium: 2121 mg, Potassium: 438 mg, Fiber: 3 g, Sugar: 1 g, Vitamin A: 1220 IU, Vitamin C: 97.4 mg, Calcium: 383 mg, Iron: 4.3 mg
Author: Jessica Formicola
Calories: 542
Course: Main Course, Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: skillet meals
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This post is sponsored by Eckrich Smoked Sausage; however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

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Jessica the mom, wife and food lover behind Savory Experiments. She is obsessed with butter, salt and bacon and spends all her time in the kitchen and behind a camera. Jessica is a contributor to PopKitchen by Parade, Better Homes & Gardens, The Daily Meal Food + Travel and more!

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Questions and Reviews

  1. I do not like to use instant rice. How do I use regular rice, instead. Extra stock or water? extra cooking time? Thanks, Dee

    1. Hi Dee, I would consult the rice package directions and use the amount of liquid it suggests and the cooking time it suggests. It might cook a little faster merely because it is in a shallower pan, but just keep an eye on it and you should be good!

  2. 5 stars
    What a hearty complete meal! I love that this recipe has all my favorites – cheese, broccoli, rice, and of course, sausage! Definitely gotta make this one asap!

  3. 5 stars
    There is nothing better than a dinner ready on your plate in 15 minutes! And it’s only a plus when there are sausages involved 🙂

  4. 5 stars
    Love Love Love this recipe! I’m sure these tastes are amazing! Now, this recipe will be one of my favorites. Looks incredible!