Sausage Zucchini and Brown Rice Skillet (One Pan)


One Pan Sausage Zucchini and Brown Rice Skillet, umm yes please! Easy healthy weeknight dinners are totally my thing, because that means there’s room left and time left to make little dessert. It’s all about balance right? This simple skillet dinner is a one pan meal that includes a grain (brown rice), veggies/fruit (zucchini, bell pepper, tomatoes) and lean protein (turkey sausage and black beans) so you just can’t go wrong here. Not to mention it has the perfect blend of flavors. This is a recipe definitely worth of adding to the repeat list. My family and I loved it and plus I loved how easy it was to make! I also liked that it reheated well, I had just enough left for lunch the next day. 

Sausage Zucchini Brown Rice Skillet

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. You could maybe add in some corn too for another veggie. Then if you don’t like heat just leave out the cayenne pepper, and if you love heat add in some extra. Then 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 as wish. 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 SkilletSausage Zucchini Brown Rice Skillet


Sausage Zucchini and Brown Rice Skillet (One Pan)

5 from 2 votes

Yield: About 4 servings


  • 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


  • Nathalie: This looks really good. I will try it out one of these days. Can’t wait. June 1, 2017 at 11:27am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Nathalie! June 1, 2017 at 12:56pm Reply

  • naina: that rice tasted very good thanks a lot for sharing such a yummy recipe June 4, 2017 at 10:16pm Reply

  • ella ruth: This sounds very good. I am printing the recipe and taking it to the river with me. Thanks for sharing.. I am sure this is going to be delicious.. : ) June 8, 2017 at 1:36pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I hope you love it Ella! June 9, 2017 at 12:21pm Reply

  • Courtney: Made it tonight and it’s great! Very easy too! Thank you! June 9, 2017 at 6:03pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad you enjoyed it Courtney! Thanks for your review! June 10, 2017 at 12:26am Reply

  • Amy: Just made today for lunches for the week. Very good! Thanks for the recipe. June 11, 2017 at 2:57pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad you liked it Amy! June 13, 2017 at 11:59am Reply

  • Kate: Making this tonight sooo excited! I love delicious recipes that are gluten and dairy free. It can be extremely hard to find ones that are super flavorful. Thanks so much for sharing!! July 17, 2017 at 2:56pm Reply

  • Bern: Made it today. It was absolutely delicious. Nothing left on anyone’s plate. Thank you so much for sharing. July 25, 2017 at 5:15pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad it was loved Bern! July 26, 2017 at 1:46pm Reply

  • Lindsey: This meal was amazing! My kids 5 and 13 loved it as well as my boyfriend who doesn’t care for peppers. I will make this again! Thanks for sharing July 27, 2017 at 4:23am 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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