Now that we’ve got that out of the way, let’s talk about this Skillet Beans and Rice with Kielbasa. Lordy, was this GOOD. Honestly, I wasn’t expecting much. It’s a pot of rice, beans and kielbasa; how exciting could it be? Boy was I wrong.
My mom’s side of the family is Polish so I’m no stranger to kielbasa. We have it every year at Easter, but it’s not a meat I usually cook on a weeknight. That will definitely change after this little beauty.
Unfortunately, my parsley went bad in the fridge but I didn’t even miss it. I also subbed the 3 minced garlic cloves with 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder. It pains me to say it, but I just can’t handle fresh garlic anymore. It started when I was pregnant – garlic gave me wicked heartburn. It’s been 7 years and I still can’t handle it. I’ve been leaving it out of recipes or subbing garlic powder when I can. Sigh.
Skillet Beans and Rice with Kielbasa
Ever so slightly modified from BellyFull
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 package (14 ounce) polska kielbasa, diced
1 medium sweet onion, diced
1 cup white rice
2 cups low sodium chicken broth
1 can (14 ounce) pinto beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
salt and pepper, to taste
1/4 cup finely chopped fresh parsley
Heat the oil and butter in a large non-stick skillet (make sure it has a lid) over medium-high heat. Add the kielbasa and onion. Sauté until the onions become soft and translucent, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes. Add the rice and stir to coat the grains with the fat, about 1 minute.
Add the chicken broth, beans, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil. Cover and reduce the heat to low so it stays at a simmer. Cook for 22 minutes, stirring occasionally so the rice doesn’t stick.
Remove from the heat and stir in the parsley.