Rice and Sweet Peppers with Sausage
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 celery stalks, diced small
2 medium bell peppers (any color), diced small
1 small yellow onion, diced small
Coarse salt and ground pepper
1 cup long-grain white rice
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley leaves (optional)
1 pound spicy Italian sausage (about 4)
1In a medium pot, heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium-high. Add celery, bell peppers, and onion and season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring often, until vegetables soften, 5 minutes. Stir in rice and 1 1/2 cups water; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce to a simmer, and cook until rice is tender, about 15 minutes. Remove pot from heat and let stand, covered, 5 minutes. Fluff rice with a fork and stir in parsley.
2 Meanwhile, in a small skillet, heat 1 teaspoon oil over medium-high. Add sausages and cook until browned on all sides, about 10 minutes. Reduce heat to low, cover, and cook until sausages are cooked through, 8 to 10 minutes. Let rest 2 minutes before slicing crosswise.