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Tolly Jambalaya


A one-pan rice dish which I use to feed my family of 6 (myself, husband, and 4 children aged 18,16,14 & 7). The dish below is just a rough example - each time I make it, I use whatever ingredients I have available, so it is always slightly different.

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  • 200 g bite sizes pieces of left over meat (chicken
  • chorizo
  • beef
  • ham
  • sausage etc). Alternatively
  • meat can be cooked specifically for the recipe
  • but will add to the preparation time.
  • 500 g of easy-cook long grain rice
  • raw vegetables as available - eg onion
  • pepper
  • courgette
  • carrot
  • celery (I usually use at least two different veg to help towards the 5 a day)
  • Tin of chopped tomatoes
  • Tin of sweetcorn
  • Tin of chopped pineapple pieces
  • 200ml Passata
  • 1/4 tube of tomato paste
  • Dash of Worcestershire Sauce
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 1 chicken stock cube dissolved in a little water
  • chilli sauce as required (this can also be omitted)


servings 8
Level of difficulty Easy
Preparation time 10mins
Cooking time 25mins
Cost Budget Friendly


Step 1

Chop and dry fry all the raw vegetables in a frying pan and add in any raw meat that needs cooking. Fry until meat is cooked and veg are soft, but not overcooked.

Step 2

Tolly Jambalaya - Step 2

Dissolve stock cube, put rice in large, heat-proof dish and add stock and sufficient water to cover the rice. Turn on hob and start heating water.

Step 3

Add in all the remaining ingredients. Season and add spice to taste. Bring the dish to the boil, stirring frequently. Once boiled, turn down heat and leave to simmer and allow the rice to absorb the liquid, stirring frequently. Once all liquid has been soaked up and the rice has swollen, the meal is ready.

Step 4

Tolly Jambalaya - Step 4

Serve up in individual bowls.

Step 5

We often have left-overs - this can be stored in a fridge for a couple of days and either reheated in the microwave or served cold.


Preparing the vegetables in advance and using ready-cooked meat saves time on the day.
Try using vegetables/meat that have different colours and textures to make the dish look more appealing.

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