italian fried rice in a white bowl with fresh parsley and mini mozzarella balls

Italian Fried Rice

This Italian Fried Rice is the perfect time saving weeknight meal that will please your whole family. Leftover rice is cooked up with sweet Italian chicken sausage, veggies, and a splash of wine to create a simple family favorite. The Italian style rice is a fun take on your traditional fried rice recipe. 

Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian, Kid friendly
Keyword 15 minute dinner, quick dinner, rice, weeknight dinner
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 375 kcal


  • 2 links of al fresco sweet Italian chicken sausage
  • ¼ cup red bell pepper diced
  • ½ of a medium zucchini diced
  • ¼ cup onion diced
  • 2-4 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 2 cloves of garlic minced
  • ½ cup red wine see notes
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2-3 cups of cooled rice
  • 2 tablespoons of chopped Italian parsley
  • ½ cup of mini fresh mozzarella balls
  • ¼ cups quality grated paremesan cheese


  1. Over medium high heat, add 2 tablespoons of the olive oil and the chopped al fresco chicken sausage. Cook about 2-3 minutes to crisp up.
  2. Add the pepper, zucchini, and onion. Cook another 2-3 minutes or until the onion is translucent. Add garlic and saute for 30 seconds to a minute or until fragrant.
  3. Deglaze with the red wine, cooking 3 minutes until cooked down a bit. Lower the heat if necessary.
  4. Add in the rice. Toss until full incorporated and cooked through. Remove from heat and stir in the parsley and parmesan. Taste and season. Before serving, stir in the mini mozzarella balls. (This is to prevent melting!)

Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts
Italian Fried Rice
Amount Per Serving
Calories 375
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.