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Italian Rice One-Pot Meal

By: Linda Deprey
Italian Rice One-Pot Meal
Italian Rice One-Pot Meal

I made this Italian Rice One-Pot Meal with items I had on hand one day and just thought they would be good together for a quick and hardy meal. This is the most requested meal I make by family and friends. It does make a large quantity, but everyone is always looking to take some home with them. If there are any leftovers, they don't last for more than one day. I have been making this recipe for over 40 years and it's still requested almost every month.


This recipe was submitted as part of the Swiss Diamond One Pot Wonder Recipe Contest.



Preparation Time15 min


  • 1 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 2 large onion
  • 2 large green peppers
  • 1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  • cup grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for garnish
  • 1 cup white rice
  • 2 tablespoons oregano
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons crushed red pepper


  1. Dice onions and green peppers into 3/4-inch pieces. Place oil in large Dutch Oven. Add onions, green peppers, oregano and crushed red pepper flakes to pan. Cook 5 minutes over medium heat.

  2. Add ground beef and garlic to pan and cook another 5 minutes until beef is no longer pink.

  3. Add can of diced tomatoes and 28 ounces of water to pan. Add 1 tablespoon salt and 1 teaspoon black pepper. Bring to a simmer about 5 minutes.

  4. Add rice and cook approximately 20 minutes in covered pan over medium heat, until rice is just cooked. Stir frequently so rice does not stick.

  5. Add can of crushed tomatoes and Parmesan cheese and simmer 10 minutes. Serve with additional Parmesan cheese.

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This offers a change from all other Italian casseroles that feature pasta since this one is with rice. The dish looks similar to stuffed bell pepper filling, but with Italian flavors. For this recipe, I would use lean ground beef and cook it with the garlic, before the other ingredients so that I could drain it after cooking it. Since I don't like my food that spicy, I would use only one teaspoon of crushed red pepper.


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