The recipe that follows is comforting, yet has just enough kick to keep it interesting. That kick comes from hot Italian sausage, but it's mixed with rice and a cheese sauce that mellows it out and makes everything work tastefully together. Think mac and cheese meets rice and sausage. It's a combination that somehow just works.
The dish comes together fairly quickly, and using leftover rice can cut down on your prep time even more. While the sausage and the cheese sauce do need to be cooked first, the casserole takes only about 20 minutes to bake in the oven. So, it won't be long before you're sitting down to a plate of comforting goodness!