Old Bay Cheddar Grits With Andouille and Tomatoes


The only thing we don’t like about this recipe is that we hadn’t thought to put Old Bay seasoning in grits before. These grits get a full cup of freshly grated white cheddar cheese, too, and are seriously creamy and flavorful. They make a wonderful base for a homemade ragout-like mixture of Andouille sausage, yellow bell pepper, blistered grape tomatoes, and a bit of melted butter to smooth things out. Andouille comes spicy or mild, so keep your eye on the packaging when you’re buying it. For dinner, serve this dish with a green salad and a simple vinaigrette.

Old Bay Cheddar Grits With Andouille and Tomatoes
Photo: Jennifer Causey
Hands On Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
30 mins


  • 12 ounces andouille sausage, cut diagonally into ½-in. slices

  • 1 medium yellow bell pepper, chopped

  • 3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced

  • 1 pint grape tomatoes

  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter

  • cup  quick-cooking grits

  • 4 ounces white Cheddar cheese, shredded (about 1 cup)

  • 1 ½ teaspoons Old Bay seasoning

  • Fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves, for serving


  1. Heat a large skillet over medium-high. Add sausage and cook, stirring often, until browned in places, about 4 minutes. Add bell pepper and garlic and cook, stirring often, until vegetables soften, about 3 minutes. Add tomatoes and salt and cook, stirring often, until tomatoes burst, about 4 minutes. Add butter and cook, stirring constantly, until melted. Cover to keep warm.

  2. Meanwhile, bring 2⅔ cups water to a boil in a small saucepan. Whisk in grits and cook, whisking often, until tender, 8 to 10 minutes. Add cheese and Old Bay and cook, whisking constantly, until cheese melts.

  3. Serve grits topped with andouille mixture and parsley.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

417 Calories
25g Fat
24g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Calories 417
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 25g 32%
Saturated Fat 12g 60%
Cholesterol 68mg 23%
Sodium 1158mg 50%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 24g

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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