½ pound smoked sausage, cut into ¼-inch thick slices
½ large onion, chopped
1 cup chopped green bell pepper
1 cup chopped celery
½ teaspoon Cajun seasoning, or to taste
1 cup uncooked white rice
1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes, with juice
1 tablespoon minced garlic
2 cups chicken broth
3 bay leaves
¼ teaspoon dried thyme
1 pound peeled and deveined medium shrimp
Dutch-Oven w/ Lid
Re-sealable plastic bag
Heat the olive oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Stir in the sausage and cook for 2 minutes. Add the onion, bell pepper, and celery; season with salt and Cajun seasoning. Cook and stir until the vegetables are soft- approx. 6 to 8 minutes.
Stir in the rice until evenly coated in the vegetable mixture, then pour in the tomatoes with juice, garlic, chicken broth, bay leaves and thyme leaves. Bring to a simmer for 20 minutes.
After 20 minutes, stir in the shrimp and cook 10 minutes uncovered until the shrimp turn pink (no longer translucent in the center).
Remove the pot from the heat and let stand 5 minutes. Discard the bay leaves before serving.