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One Pot Collards with Rice and Sausage

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A flavorful one pot meal that is brimming with collard greens, Italian sausage and rice for an easy and flavorful dinner.

bowl of one pan collard greens with rice and sausage, ready to eat.

Do you want a dinner that comes together easily in one pot but is loaded with flavor? One pot collard greens with rice and sausage is just the thing! 

Just a few simple ingredients come together in a hearty and tasty dinner.  My husband called in “phenomenal!”

Can you tell how much we have been loving our CSA boxes? It has been kind of a fun challenge to plan the week’s menu around whatever arrives in the box.

Of course there have been lots of greens in these early sets of vegetables, so using them all and keeping them feeling fresh has kept me on my toes.

bunch of fresh collard greens.

When I saw some collard greens in a box, I got really excited.  Of course I have had collards at BBQ restaurants, but have never cooked with them myself.

I had a half pound of Italian sausage in the fridge after making the creamy pasta with Italian sausage or chard, so I thought that would be a great thing to pare with these greens as well.

collards rolled up like a cigar and being sliced into small pieces.

Rather than reaching for more pasta, rice seemed like a natural fit to make this a full meal in one pot.  It helps add some bulk and absorbs some of the great flavor.

Cooking it all together like that give the collards plenty of time to soften while melding all the pieces into one final dish.

collards and Italian sausage in pot

I had a vision for how this would turn out, but you never quite know what something is going to be like in actuality.  That is especially the case when you’ve never worked with one of the main ingredients before.

Rice added to sausage and collard greens in pot, ready to be made into dinner.

But I tell you, it was so much better than I could have ever imagined.  I never know why my husband will think of a dish like this either. 

He is a meat and potatoes kind of guy in a lot of respects, but luckily he also likes to try new things.

collards, rice and sausage just finished cooking, ready to serve.

He started out very complimentary of the dish and the compliments just kept getting bigger as he ate.  Of course the second plateful was a good indicator as well!

bowl of one pot collards with rice and sausage.

So now I think we need to try sooooo many more collard green recipes! What are your favorite ways to make collards?

You may also like my recipe for sausage and kale farro in the instant pot. You could easily sub in collards for the kale if you would like.

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Yield: 6 Servings

One Pot Collards with Rice and Sausage

bowl of one pan collard greens with rice and sausage, ready to eat.

A flavorful one pot meal that is brimming with collard greens, Italian sausage and rice for an easy and flavorful dinner.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes


  • 1/2 pound sausage
  • 1 onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 1 pinch red pepper flakes
  • 1 bunch collard greens
  • 1 cup rice


  1. In a large covered pot (I used a 3 qt braiser style pan), brown the Italian sausage.
  2. Chop the onion and dice the garlic. Add to the pan with the sausage and cook until onion is translucent and the garlic is fragrant.
  3. Stir in the salt, pepper and red pepper flakes. Use the chicken broth the deglaze the pan.
  4. Roll the cleaned collard greens into a cigar style roll. Slice into thin ribbons. Then cut across those cuts to make small squares and rectangles. Place in the pot and cover, cooking over medium heat for about 15 minutes.
  5. Stir in the rice then cover and simmer for about 15-20 more minutes or until the rice is done to your like. Adjust the seasoning if necessary and serve.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 178Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 26mgSodium: 1133mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 2gSugar: 2gProtein: 7g

All nutritional information is estimated and will depend on the exact ingredients you use.

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A flavorful one pot meal that is brimming with collard greens, Italian sausage and rice for an easy and flavorful dinner.

Thanks for sharing!


Friday 7th of October 2022

This is such a fantastic dish. I leave the sausage out to make it vegan/vegetarian and sometimes add chickpeas as a substitute, sometimes not! It’s delish either way and often requested by my family! Very easy to double as well.


Friday 7th of October 2022

I love the chickpea idea! I am so glad you like the recipe.


Monday 30th of March 2020

Had a bunch of collard greens and wasn't sure what to make. Happened to have all the ingredients on hand and it turned out delicious!


Saturday 4th of April 2020

YAY! I am so glad you liked it!


Friday 28th of December 2018

I love collard greens and rice and together WOW! I'm loving this recipe Miss Carlee!!


Friday 4th of January 2019

Thank you, Julia! It was such a good (and tasty!) way to make a full meal of it!


Sunday 7th of October 2018 this is something my family will love to try!!! I can't wait to make this one!!! So glad you shared it on our Pork Recipes link up!


Monday 8th of October 2018

It is such a great way to bring the collards into the main dish... and of course sausage makes it better!


Tuesday 7th of August 2018

You always have the most flavorful dishes! Thank you for sharing on our farmersmarket recipe week for Celebrate 365 Blog Party!


Monday 13th of August 2018

Thank you! It was fun to see this one go from idea to delicious dinner. I can't wait to make it again!

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