Shrimp and sausage jambalaya

SmartPoints® value per serving
Total Time
1 hr 10 min
20 min
50 min
Jambalaya is a Creole dish made from cooked rice, tomatoes, onions, and green bell peppers with a variety of other interchangeable ingredients. Our recipe makes this a one-pot dish layering flavors as they cook. The trinity, or onion, pepper and celery mixture, are sauteed to tender and provide a vegetal base for the entire dish. Ready in just over an hour, this super simple preparation of a traditional New Orleans favorite will delight for dinner or lunch and the leftovers are spectacular. Adjust the spice level as you like by changing the amount of cayenne pepper or adding your favorite hot sauce to your own bowl.


Regular butter

1 Tbsp

Uncooked onion(s)

1 large, chopped

Green pepper(s)

1 medium, seeded and chopped

Uncooked celery

2 rib(s), small, chopped

Garlic clove(s)

3 medium clove(s), minced

Uncooked turkey sausage(s)

6 oz, kielbasa, halved lengthwise and cut into 1⁄4-inch slices

Uncooked white rice

1½ cup(s), long-grain

Canned tomatoes

28 oz, (peeled, whole - broken up)

Fat free chicken broth

14½ oz, and reduced-sodium

Dried thyme

¾ tsp

Cayenne pepper

¼ tsp

Uncooked shrimp

1 pound(s), medium, peeled and deveined


  1. Melt the butter in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the onion, bell pepper, celery, and garlic. Cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, 7–8 minutes. Add the kielbasa and cook, stirring, 3 minutes longer.
  2. Add the rice and cook, stirring frequently, until lightly toasted, about 2 minutes. Add the tomatoes and their liquid, the broth, thyme, and cayenne; bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, covered, until the rice is tender, about 30 minutes.
  3. Add the shrimp to the mixture and cook until just opaque in the center and all the liquid has been absorbed, 5–7 minutes longer. Yields 1 1/3 cups per serving.


Small chunks of skinless boneless chicken breast can easily be substituted for the shrimp and/or the kielbasa, and a cup of thawed frozen peas can be added with the shrimp.