Sausage Zucchini and Brown Rice Skillet (One Pan)


Sausage Zucchini and Brown Rice is an easy, flavorful one pan meal you’ll want on repeat! It includes a whole grain, veggies, and lean protein so you just can’t go wrong here. The perfect busy day recipe!

Tasty One Pan Sausage Recipe!

This is a family friendly recipe that everyone can agree on. It also reheats well if you’re lucky enough to have any left for lunch the next day!

It’s packed with nutritious brown rice, smoked flavorful sausage, hearty black beans, and lots of veggies including zucchini, onion, tomatoes, and bell pepper.

Sausage Zucchini Brown Rice Skillet

How to Make Sausage and Zucchini and Brown Rice Skillet

  • Saute veggies in a skillet.
  • Add sausage and cook.
  • Add rice, chicken broth, seasonings and black beans.
  • Boil then simmer, then rest off heat.
  • Add parsley, serve with cheese.

Sausage Zucchini Brown Rice Skillet

Tips for This Recipe

  • Of course I think this is better with cheese, everything is better with cheese. But if you are looking to cut calories feel free to omit it.
  • Add corn for another veggie.
  • If you don’t like heat just leave out the cayenne pepper, and if you love heat add in some extra.
  • If you don’t have parsley on hand but you do have cilantro I think that would be another good herb here and again don’t hesitate to add more to taste if you’d like.

That’s the great thing about home cooking, you can make it exactly how you like. Just don’t sway too far from the recipe here though because I thought it was spot on delicious :). It’s like Spanish rice meets sausage and zucchini and it’s a seriously tasty combo!

Sausage Zucchini Brown Rice Skillet

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Sausage Zucchini and Brown Rice Skillet (One Pan)

5 from 5 votes

This is such an easy, flavorful one pan meal you'll want on repeat! It includes a whole grain, lots of veggies, and lean protein so you just can't go wrong here. The perfect busy day recipe!

Servings: 4
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes


  • 1 1/2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped yellow onion
  • 2 cups halved and sliced zucchini
  • 1 cup chopped green bell pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic , minced
  • 8 oz . smoked turkey sausage , sliced
  • 1 1/2 cups instant brown rice (such as Minute brown rice)
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 1/2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/8 tsp tsp cayenne pepper (optional)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley
  • 3/4 cup shredded cheddar or Mexican blend cheese (optional)


  1. Heat olive oil in a 12-inch non-stick skillet (that's at least 2-inches deep) over medium-high heat. Add in yellow onion and saute, stirring frequently, 4 minutes. Add in zucchini, bell pepper and garlic and saute 2 minutes longer. Push veggies to one side (and preferably pull that side of the pan off the burner heat slightly while cooking the sausage) then add sausage to the now empty side and cook until it's starting to brown, turning occasionally, about 3 minutes.
  2. Pour in rice, tomatoes and chicken broth. Season with chili powder, cumin, thyme, cayenne pepper and salt and pepper to taste. Stir then pour in black beans, bring mixture to a boil. Cover pan with lid and reduce temperature to medium. Allow to boil gently 5 - 6 minutes then remove from heat, toss and let rest 8 - 10 minutes until rice is tender. Drain off excess liquid if desired. Toss in parsley and serve warm with cheese.
  3. Recipe source: Cooking Classy
Nutrition Facts
Sausage Zucchini and Brown Rice Skillet (One Pan)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 506 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Fat 19g29%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 64mg21%
Sodium 808mg35%
Potassium 1046mg30%
Carbohydrates 54g18%
Fiber 10g42%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 28g56%
Vitamin A 940IU19%
Vitamin C 58.7mg71%
Calcium 264mg26%
Iron 6.5mg36%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Sausage Recipes
Calories: 506 kcal
Author: Jaclyn


  • Tara: I had pretty high expectations based on the reviews and they were more than met!! My family, (every last one of us), enjoyed this recipe!! I’m so glad we tried, as this will be a dish we come back to again and again! Thank you!! Yum!! July 15, 2019 at 5:38pm Reply

  • Madison: This is delicious! It doesn’t taste as healthy as it really is. My kids and veggie-avoiding husband all cleaned their plates. I didn’t have Thyme so I subbed for Oregano and it worked great. Thanks for sharing this one! August 18, 2018 at 1:33pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: So glad to hear it! August 22, 2018 at 11:21am Reply

  • Cara: This was great!! Do you happen to know the nutrition facts on it? April 5, 2018 at 7:51am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Hi Cara – so glad you liked it! I just added those to the recipe. :) April 12, 2018 at 12:44pm Reply

  • olivia: Hi! Should I be using pre-cooked turkey sausage, or does raw turkey sausage work here? February 5, 2018 at 12:03pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Sorry for the late reply, raw sausage will be fine just cook it first then skip that step where you brown the other. February 19, 2018 at 11:08am Reply

  • Katherine ruhl: Turned out great! There was enough flavor to not even need the cayenne and chili powder. My family loved it! November 14, 2017 at 8:47am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Great! Thanks so much for your feedback! November 14, 2017 at 11:15am Reply

  • Jesse: My hubby sent this to me in a text last week as a “subtle hint” that it was what he wanted for dinner. Truth be told, I was skeptical, but this was beyond GOOD. Thanks for sharing. October 11, 2017 at 10:33am Reply

    • Jaclyn: So glad you liked it Jesse! October 11, 2017 at 11:54am Reply

  • Courtney: This looks great! I love zucchini and am always looking for new ways to use it. I will have to try this dish sometime this week. August 13, 2017 at 9:34am Reply

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