Shrimp and Sausage Ina Garten Jambalaya – Mardi Gras Recipe

 Mardi Gras is around the corner and as a Catholic, that means Lent is on its way as well. While I have never been to New Orleans I sure love to celebrate Louisiana Style Cuisine once in a while.

Mardi Gras is the perfect excuse to get me some spice on hand. For my husband’s birthday he was steered into picking this amazing Mardi Gras Food Recipe from Barefoot Contessa Foolproof: Recipes You Can Trust 

It has a great combination of Chicken, sausage and shrimp in a one pot meal: Ina Garten Jambalaya Foolproof

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Ina Garten Jambalaya from Foolproof

What I love about this Mardi Gras Food recipe, while there are many ingredients, it really can be a weeknight dinner.

What type of pot should I use? 

It is all cooked in one big dutch oven, a kitchen must-have I discovered only in the last couple of years and love it.

Outside of chopping the veggies you really don’t have that much involvement as the rice just cooked inside the untouched pot!


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What type of chicken goes into Jambalaya?

We used boneless skinless chicken thighs and turkey sausage but if you don’t want to skimp on calories go with the full monty of Louisiana foods. If I was making Mardi Gras Food for a crowd of adults

I would definitely use spicy andouille sausage and use more of the spices suggested. I prepared this jambalaya recipe on the mild side which is safe but you can always add tabasco, you can not take spiciness away.

 How to make one pot Jambalaya

Saute all the yumminess and the foodies in your home will start coming out of the wood work.

I misread the directions and added the entire can of tomatoes without draining them, it still came out fine. I just reduced the broth by one cup. It may be redder than a traditional jambalaya but we did not mind.

How many people does this Ina Garten Jambalaya recipe feed?

This Jambalaya recipe makes a large pot and the suggested serving size is 8. I definitely agree with that.

Our family of 5 will have this for another dinner this week. Just don’t microwave the shrimp they will get all rubbery!!

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This one-pot meal that is nice enough for dinner guests but easy enough for a family dinner is just what the chef ordered up.


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What to serve with Jambalaya

It is really one meal in one, maybe a side salad and some bread. 

For dessert definitely ckeck out our homemade King Cake too that is the perfect comp

lement to this meal.


Mardi gras food recipe ina garten jambalaya foolproof

Hopefully with the start of Mardi Gras will be the start of Spring too. Now what to give up for lent??

Be sure to serve our Homemade King Cake for dessert. 

What is your favorite Low Country or  Mardi Gras Food Recipe?

We also made a Jambalaya in an oven bag version that you just put in the oven and bake. 

Mardi Gras Food: Jambalaya Recipe Ina Garten Jambalaya 

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Jambalaya Recipe

Yield: 10 Servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

Jambalaya Recipe is A great mardi gras recipe to feed a crowd is a one pot dish.


  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 1/2 pound sausage, such as kielbasa or Andouille, sliced(we used turkey kielbasa)
  • 7-8 chicken thighs, we used boneless skinless
  • 2 tablespoon butter
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 cups celery, diced
  • 2 red bell peppers, cored and diced
  • 1 28 oz can whole peeled plum tomatoes, drained & medium diced (I forgot to drain them)
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced OR ½ teaspoon cayenne
  • 2 teaspoons diced fresh oregano
  • 1 teaspoon diced fresh thyme
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne, optional for us
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 5 cups chicken stock
  • 3 cups extra long grain rice
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 6-8 dashes Tabasco, optional
  • ½ cup chopped scallions green and white parts
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley, divided
  • ¼ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 pound medium shrimp, deveined (20-24 count)


  1. Heat the oil in a large Dutch oven or black iron pot over medium heat, add the kielbasa and sauté for 8 to 10 minutes, until browned. Remove the kielbasa to a bowl, and set aside. Add the chicken thighs to the same pot and cook 5 minutes per side, until lightly browned. Remove to the bowl with the kielbasa, and set aside.
  2. Add the butter, onion, celery and peppers to the same pot and sauté for 8 to 10 minutes, until the onion is translucent. Add the tomato, garlic, jalapeno or cayenne, oregano, thyme, 1 1/2 tsp of salt and tomato paste and cook another 2 minutes. 
  3. Add the white wine and scrape off the brown bits at bottom of pan. ( you can stop here and continue 40 minutes b/f serving.
  4. Add the stock and bring to a rolling boil. Stir in the rice, and add the sausage, chicken, bay leaves. Return to a boil, reduce the heat to low and simmer, covered, for 20 minutes.
  5. Add the shrimp and cover for another 5 minutes. Add ¼ cup of the scallions, ¼ cup of the parsley, the lemon juice and the shrimp, and stir well. Cover the pot, remove it from the heat and allow the jambalaya steam, for 10- 15 minutes, before serving.
  6. Garnish with the remaining ¼ cup scallions and ½ cup parsley, and a dash of Tabasco, if desired.
Nutrition Information
Yield 12 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 700Total Fat 45gSaturated Fat 15gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 27gCholesterol 259mgSodium 1904mgCarbohydrates 26gFiber 2gSugar 7gProtein 45g

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  1. Congratulations!
    Your recipe is featured on Full Plate Thursday this week. Hope you are having a great weekend and enjoy your new Red Plate!
    Miz Helen

  2. What a great pot of Jambalaya to celebrate Madri Gras, it looks fantastic! Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a great weekend.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  3. Ok, this looks way to good. I’ve have got to try your recipe. I have started loving spicy foods the last couple of years and this sounds delicious.

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