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Granny’s Sausage & Rice Casserole #Sundaysupper

With school just beginning, getting back into our daily routines has been rough.  Waking up at 5am to be at school by 6:45am, classes all day, practices and homework after that, and still needing to make dinner. Likewise, there are evening when even I get tired of cooking. I cook breakfast and dinner at least 5 days of the week, and sometimes,  I need a simple dinner so that I can kick off my shoes and watch TV.  So, I look for meals that can be cooked quick…WITHOUT resorting to boxed meals and convenience food.

When I combined the 2 needs…warm/comfort and quick…I remembered my Granny’s Sausage Casserole.  I don’t know where she found it.  I don’t know how long she’s made it. The one thing I do know is that it’s amazing, versatile, and makes everyone happy.

IMG_20170829_152622Granny’s Sausage & Rice Casserole

2 c. water
1 tsp salt
1 c rice
1 lb. ground sausage (not Italian or Maple)
1 medium onion, chopped
3 stalks celery, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 can cream of chicken soup (or cream of mushroom or cream of celery)
1-2 cups topping (Granny used chopped pecans. I prefer French fried onions, but had to use crushed crackers when I discovered that my husband made a snack out of the onions!)
Bring salted water to a boil.  Add rice, cover, and simmer on low for 20-25 minutes or until water is absorbed and rice is tender. Remove from heat and cool.
In a large skillet, brown sausage.  Drain any grease, if necessary.  Add onions, celery, and garlic.  Saute over medium heat until tender.  Add soup and stir to combine.  Heat through.  Add rice and stir to combine. If your skillet is oven-proof, leave the casserole in the skillet.  Otherwise, transfer to an oven-proof casserole.  Top with pecans or French fried onions.  Bake at 375 degrees until topping is lightly browned and crisp, approximately 10-15 minutes.

Serves 6

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