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Italian Beef and Rice Skillet

Looking for a hearty Italian dinner? Then check out this beef and rice recipe made with vegetables and bacon that is ready in 30 minutes.

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  • prep time 30 min
  • total time 30 min
  • ingredients 12
  • servings 6
 

Ingredients

4
slices bacon, cut into 1-inch pieces
1
lb lean (at least 80%) ground beef
1
medium onion, chopped (1/2 cup)
1
small bell pepper (any color), chopped (1/2 cup)
2
cloves garlic, finely chopped
1/2
teaspoon salt
2
cups water
1
can (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes, undrained
1
can (2.25 oz) sliced ripe olives, drained
1 1/2
teaspoons Italian seasoning
2
cups uncooked instant white rice
1
cup shredded mozzarella cheese (4 oz)

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Steps

  • 1 In 12-inch skillet, cook bacon over medium-high heat until almost crisp. Add beef, onion, bell pepper, garlic and salt; cook 5 to 7 minutes, stirring frequently, until beef is thoroughly cooked; drain.
  • 2 Stir in water, tomatoes, olives and Italian seasoning; heat to boiling. Stir in rice. Reduce heat to medium; cover and simmer about 5 minutes or until rice is tender.
  • 3 Sprinkle with cheese; cover and let stand until melted.
  • 1 In 12-inch skillet, cook bacon over medium-high heat until almost crisp. Add beef, onion, bell pepper, garlic and salt; cook 5 to 7 minutes, stirring frequently, until beef is thoroughly cooked; drain.
  • 2 Stir in water, tomatoes, olives and Italian seasoning; heat to boiling. Stir in rice. Reduce heat to medium; cover and simmer about 5 minutes or until rice is tender.
  • 3 Sprinkle with cheese; cover and let stand until melted.

EXPERT TIPS

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Expert Tips

A few slices of bacon adds a nice smoky flavor to this easy one-dish beef and rice meal. In place of plain diced tomatoes, you can use Italian-style diced tomatoes, tomatoes with garlic or tomatoes with celery and green bell pepper. Chop some fresh herbs that you may have, such as parsley, basil or oregano, or a combination of herbs, and mix into the shredded mozzarella before sprinkling on top of the rice dish.

Nutritional information

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Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
370
(
Calories from Fat
140),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
16g
16%
(Saturated Fat
6g,
6%
Trans Fat
1/2g
1/2%
),
Cholesterol
65mg
65%;
Sodium
610mg
610%;
Total Carbohydrate
34g
34%
(Dietary Fiber
2g
2%
  Sugars
3g
3%
),
Protein
23g
23%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
6%;
Vitamin C
15%;
Calcium
20%;
Iron
25%;
Exchanges:
2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 1 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 2 High-Fat Meat; 0 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.