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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
Author Morgan


  • 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

  • Rice options - you can use white or brown rice or use a combo of rice and quinoa or riced cauliflower for an extra dose of veggies. If using cauliflower, cook it up in the veggies for a minute or two after you add the garlic.
  • Please use good parmesan. Using good parmesan (usually near the deli section in my local store) is a game changer. Yes, it costs more but you’ll also find yourself using less.
  • If you don’t want to use wine, you can use the same amount of stock with a few tablespoons of balsamic vinegar. It’s not the same but you’ll get a similar taste. You do need the vinegar to add the flavor though.
  • If you plan on keeping leftovers, only add the mozzarella balls to some of the rice. Reheating it on a stove top will be easier that way and they won’t get super melty when you need to reheat.
Nutrition Facts
Italian Fried Rice
Amount Per Serving
Calories 375
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.