Rice: Baked Italian Rice

posted by techgoddess 10-11-100 2:04 PM

Baked Italian Rice

1 Cup long grain white rice, cooked and warm
1 Lean Italian sweet sausage, casing removed
1 Small onion, chopped
1-2 Cloves garlic, minced
8 Fresh basil leaves, chopped
1/2 Cup Ricotta cheese
1/4 Cup grated Romano cheese
3-4 Ounces Mozzarella cheese, shredded
1/2 Cup Italian Tomato Sauce
1/2 Tablespoon Olive oil

Heat the oil in a saute pan. Break apart the sausage and add it to the pan. Cook until brown. Add the onion and garlic. Saute until limp.

Put the rice in a large bowl and add the tomato sauce, basil and the sausage and onion mix. Gently toss to blend. Reserve some mozzarella and Romano cheese for the topping and add the remainder to the rice. Stir to blend.

Transfer the rice to a 2 quart casserole baking dish and top with the rest of the cheeses. Bake covered in a preheated 350 F oven for 30 minutes.

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