DIY Kielbasa Jambalaya

Have you ever made Zatarain’s Jambalaya? It’s delicious and while I completely approve of it being utilized in anyone’s kitchen, I experimented and made my own version. Why? Because I love taking popular convenience foods and showing that they’re completely acceptable AND can also be replicated through practice and skill.

When you learn to cook intuitively, you can take a box of something and match multiple ingredients, add some extras, experiment with spices and you’ve got your own DIY version. It’s a fun way to test your skills and put a meal together without following a recipe.

But today you have a recipe you can follow! 😜 I encourage you to tweak it and make it your own! I’ve made this probably 10 times now and Steve (my hubs) agrees that it is stellar. He is honestly my toughest and best food critic. Here you go!

Kielbasa Jambalaya

The perfect dish for any season that's ready in 15-20 minutes.

Course dinner
Keyword jambalaya, kielbasa, onepot, rice


  • 1 turkey kielbasa usually comes in 13-15 oz package
  • 1 white onion, diced
  • 1 bell pepper, diced I recommend orange or green for a contrasting color
  • 1-2 tbsp olive or avocado or canola oil
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes I recommend fire roasted
  • 3 cups water mixed with 2 tsp garlic bouillion paste alternatively, you can use 2 cups of your preferred broth
  • 1 cup rice your choice (brown, white, etc)
  • 1/2 cup fresh or powdered parmesan cheese


  1. Dice your onion and bell pepper.

  2. Drizzle the oil in your cooking pot and saute your onion and bell pepper. Sprinkle on the garlic powder. Mix.

  3. Add both cans of tomatoes and the water/broth to the pot.

  4. Slice the kielbasa in 1/2 to 1 inch sections.

  5. Bring to a boil and add the rice. Reduce to simmer cover and allow to cook for 10-12 minutes on very low heat or remove from heat.

  6. Uncover and stir in parmesan. Salt to taste.

Recipe Notes

Did you make this recipe? Send me a photo or better yet, leave a review or give it a rating! You can always tag me on Instagram @The.Intuitive.Kitchen.RD

This bowl dishes out some SERIOUS comfort. If you want to make it vegetarian, throw in some lentils with the rice (may need more broth) or just add them cooked. We absolutely love this dish and hope you do as well! Make it your own, tweak it, add spices, experiment with salting the dish at the end and have fun!

What are your favorite comfort eats? Any other convenience foods I should re-make and DIY here?

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