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Italian Beef and Rice Skillet

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

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)

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.

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.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
370
% Daily Value
Total Fat
16g
24%
Saturated Fat
6g
32%
Trans Fat
1/2g
Cholesterol
65mg
21%
Sodium
610mg
25%
Total Carbohydrate
34g
11%
Dietary Fiber
2g
8%
Protein
23g
23%
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
6%
6%
Vitamin C
15%
15%
Calcium
20%
20%
Iron
25%
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 Choice
2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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