Italian Rice with Meat Sauce and Fresh Veggies

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

And yet another one of those dishes, grandma and mom made when we had leftover sauce, meatballs and there was always an abundance of fresh veggies in the house...this was a nice treat as it had the freshness of the garden with the taste of an almost meat pasta dish with the rice used instead...and yes we used pasta in its place if we were out of the rice, then it became Italian goulash.... :)
Fresh veggies and rice with a similar to meatball topping and sauce.....

You can make this a main meal with these meats and veggies on the rice, add some garlic bread, some antipasto salad and you will have a full course meal!

Sausage and loose hamburger fried together with your favorite sauce.

1/2 pound of hamburger
2 Italian sausage links out of the casing
16 oz of favorite sauce

In a large fry pan saute both meats together. Add 4 tablespoons of grating cheese, 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder, 1/2 teaspoon of parsley. Dash of salt and pepper. Cook till browned. Drain excess grease. Add 8oz of sauce to the pan and continue to cook for 10 minutes on low.

Dice 1 tomato, 1/2 cup total of diced red and green bell pepper, and 1 clove of finely minced garlic, mix together add 1/4 cup of veggies to pan cook another 5 minutes . Reserve fresh remaining raw chopped veggies for on top for garnish..

Boil 2 cups of white rice or whatever you prefer to package directions. Place cooked rice in a large dish. Pour meat sauce over the rice. Add more sauce on the bottom of a plate arrange a scoop of rice mixture on the sauce. Top with grated cheese and remaining veggies garnish with basil.


  1. looks so good! delicious! just make some garlic bread and dinner is served.

  2. ANYTHING with sauce and meatballs and good to me! thanks for sharing!

  3. @laura
    @no frills

    thank you!!

  4. Great idea for my leftovers (specially when I am lazy to cook)!

  5. Looks really good. I'm kind of shocked though. I guess this sounds silly, but I always thought Italians only used pastas. I have never seen an Italian dish that contains rice before. In fact, just the other day I was wondering, 'do Italians eat rice?'

  6. Great and delicious! I love, love the color of the dish..stunning!


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