Like most creole dishes, this jambalaya contains the “holy trinity”—onion, celery and bell pepper. The andouille sausage and creole seasoning add a distinct Louisiana flavor. The rice for jambalaya is traditionally cooked in with the other ingredients, but in this quick version I use pre-cooked rice, making this dish perfect if you’ve got leftover rice to use up.
Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring, until softened, 5 to 7 minutes. Add the sausage and cook until starting to brown, about 5 minutes.
Add the celery and bell pepper and cook until softened, 5 to 7 minutes longer. Stir in the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Stir in the tomato paste and cook until very fragrant, about 1 minute.
Reduce the heat to low. Sprinkle the Creole seasoning, salt and pepper on top. Stir in the tomatoes and rice and cook until warmed through. Taste and stir in additional salt and pepper if needed. Stir in the shrimp and heat through. Stir in the hot sauce. Sprinkle with the scallions. Serve warm.