Jambalaya in the Nesco

Making Jambalaya at home is very simple, especially in the Nesco

Last Updated on September 17, 2019


In the midst of the last move, I forgot to close out the old gas bill and was not reminded when I turned the new gas on.  I got a nasty letter from the gas company saying that they are going to turn off my gas in the new place if I don’t immediately pay the old bill and that I have to call a certain phone number when I make the payment. To make sure that the payment is properly recorded, I went to the local gas company on July 2, 2013, and paid the bill in person. Then I called the special number at about 3:30 pm and got a recorded message that the gas company was open from 8:00 am to 5:15 pm.  I figured that in the information age, the payment would be recorded and all would be well.

The Problem

I was wrong. When I got home yesterday, Monday, July 8, 2013, Spane and I were hungry, so I started dinner early, at 4:30. I chopped the vegetables, cut the meat, put butter in the pan, turned the knob – and ……. nothing. No gas. I called the gas company, the special number and again was told that the office was open from 8:00 am to 5:15 pm, a full 45 minutes before the office was supposed to close. When calling the regular number, I got a nice woman who I kept on apologizing to because I was so mad, and she said the gas would be turned back on tomorrow, Wednesday, July 10, 2013 between 8:00am and 5:00 pm, and to make sure that all pets were secure and gates open. I chuckled and said, “Humph, you didn’t seem to have any problems turning it off, did you?”

The Solution

That meant that today, I don’t have gas. I have been on the phone with them, and have asked for a supervisor. I’m still waiting for a callback, but I’m not waiting anymore to make dinner. I have a small Nesco, and I’m going to make my Jambalaya in it. This is one of the reasons I have this wonderful roaster oven, so I can cook no matter what.

My recipe for Jambalaya follows and I have more recipes for foods perfect for the Nesco.

Let’s Cook Jambalaya in the Nesco with Creole Seasoning

Jambalaya in the Nesco

Making Jambalaya at home is very simple, especially in the Nesco
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Course: Main
Cuisine: Cajun
Servings (slide to adjust): 4 servings
Calories: 242kcal


  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • ½ cup sweet bell peppers, sliced
  • 1 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon chicken base
  • water
  • Creole Seasoning
  • ¾ cup rice
  • 1 Polska Kielbasa, sliced
  • Sour Cream for garnish
Ingredients necessary for the recipe step are in italic.


  • Heat the Nesco to 400 degrees.
  • Drain the tomatoes into a measuring cup. Set the tomatoes aside.
  • Add enough hot water to the tomato juice to make up 1 1/2 cups of liquid.
  • Add the chicken base to the liquid, and stir to combine. Set aside.
  • Put the butter in the bottom of the well, and put the well into the Nesco.
  • Add the garlic, onions, and peppers. Don't worry if it all looks like a mess, it will cook up nicely.
  • Vegetables in the Well
  • Stir the vegetables occasionally and cook them until they are soft, about 10 minutes.
  • Vegetables cooked
  • Reduce the temperature to 275.
  • Add the Creole seasoning, and the rice. Stir to coat the rice with the spice and vegetables.
  • Rice added to vegetables
  • Add the tomatoes, liquid, and sausage.
  • Cook, covered, until the rice is soft, about 25 minutes. Turn the Nesco off.
  • Serve with a dollop of sour cream for garnish.


Of course, you can easily make this in a deep pan on the stove top. You can also make it for a crowd by adding more cooked meat and increasing the amount of rice and liquid.
You can add any kind of cooked meat you have, or add shrimp in the last five minutes of cooking so they do not overcook.


Nutrition Facts
Jambalaya in the Nesco
Amount Per Serving
Calories 242 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Polyunsaturated Fat 6g
Monounsaturated Fat 6g
Cholesterol 53mg18%
Sodium 694mg30%
Potassium 150mg4%
Carbohydrates 16g5%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 9g18%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Got Questions? Let me know!Mention @arbpen or tag #arbpen!

Creole Seasoning

Creole Seasoning

This is the Creole seasoning I use for my Jambalaya
Prep Time: 1 minute
Total Time: 1 minute
Course: Spice Mix
Cuisine: Cajun
Servings (slide to adjust): 4
Calories: 11kcal


  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 teaspoon white pepper
Ingredients necessary for the recipe step are in italic.


  • Mix all the ingredients together in a mortar and pestle. This will make enough seasoning for 1 dish.


If you don't have a mortar and pestle, use a small food processor. If you want to make a bigger batch, increase the ingredients proportionately.
You can increase the cayenne if you want it spicier.


Nutrition Facts
Creole Seasoning
Amount Per Serving
Calories 11
% Daily Value*
Fat 0g0%
Saturated Fat 0g0%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg0%
Sodium 1mg0%
Potassium 54mg2%
Carbohydrates 2g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 0g0%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Got Questions? Let me know!Mention @arbpen or tag #arbpen!
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About arbpen

As an award-winning and serious home cook, I seriously believe there is no reason why you can't have a restaurant quality meal at home. One of the good things about eating at home is to save money, so armed with a good menu plan, a shopping list, and an appreciation of good food, we can all have gourmet food on a budget.

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