This is not an authentic Jambalaya - I just made it up to please myself. Last week I sampled some tasty sausage at the market. I bought some then had to figure out what to do with it while at the market. I decided to do a kind-of Jambalaya on the fly. I've made it twice now. My family loves it. It comes together easy. Just 30 minutes on the stove.
3 celery stalks (optional)
1 green bell pepper
tomato cut up or diced (optional) or a small can of diced tomatoes (reserve liquid)
1/2 teaspoon of oregano (optional)
3 or 4 Garlic cloves, minced, chopped or pressed
rice (1 1/4 cup - see note)
1 small can of tomato sauce (not spaghetti sauce) - or you can use reserved liquid if you used canned diced tomatoes above.
water (2 1/2 cups - see note)
1/2 teaspoon of salt
frozen green peas (optional)
If you are using sausage, ham, or any other meat that will render, add it to the bottom of the saucepan (or deep wide skillet for which you have a lid) and brown it to deepen the flavors and render the fat. Depending on how much fat is left you may not need to add olive oil to the pan in the next step. You can remove the meat from the pan for the next step or leave it in depending on the amount of surface area in your pan so that you can cook the veggies.
Drizzle olive oil into the bottom of a large saucepan or pot & heat over medium. Finely chop the onion, celery, and bell pepper or process in a food processor.
Add the vegetables & oregano to the pot and saute until soft. This is a great way to get a lot of veggies into kids without them realizing what you are up to!
Rice & Liquid Note: You can use any amount of rice in order to make as much of the dish as you want, just make sure your pot is big enough. However much rice you use, you will need to use double that amount of total liquid (water & tomato juice/sauce).
For Example- 1 cup of rice, 2 cups of liquid. 1 1/3 cups of rice 2 2/3 cups of liquid. 2 cups of rice, 4 cups of liquid.
Tomato Note: You can use any kind of tomatoes you have on hand. I have made the recipe with both tomato sauce & tomato puree & I liked the flavor better with the sauce. You could also use cut up diced tomatoes but don't measure the pieces of tomato with the liquid, only the juice. You can put more or less tomato in depending on how tomato-y you want it to taste.