Beefy Tomato Rice

This is comfort food 101.

It’s what my mom used to make when I was sick. Or when my sister had friends over. Or when it was Tuesday.

You know, just any time that we wanted some delicious food quickly.

My husband calls it grown up Beefaroni.

Anna Wintour would call it hideously ugly.

You will call it delicious.

Beefy Tomato Rice

2011-12-18 tsimis brisket liver hummus latkes1 Ingredients:

1 lb. lean ground beef

1 onion and 2 cloves garlic, chopped

1 28 oz. can whole peeled tomatoes

2 tbsp. tomato paste

1 cup rice or orzo

3-4 cups broth or stock

2 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce

3 tbsp. ketchup

1/2 cup shredded mozzarella or Parmesan cheese

20141125_173214 1. Sautee the onions and garlic over medium heat until they turn translucent and soften – the picture here is a little bit too far gone. You don’t want the garlic to color like it has here.  20141125_173720 2. Add the beef and cook until it’s browned. Drain off any excess fat.  20141125_173733 3. Add the orzo or rice. Stir to coat in the residual fat.  20141125_173924 4. Add the tomatoes and one ladleful of stock.  20141125_174034 5. Stir the rice continuously until it absorbs the stock. You continue adding stock and letting the rice or orzo absorb the liquid until the grain has become creamy and plump. This should take about 30 minutes and must be continuously stirred so the rice doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pot.  20141125_175821 6. Add the tomato  paste, ketchup, and Worcestershire sauce. Taste for seasonings and adjust accordingly.  20141125_180145 7. Stir in the cheese.  20141125_192144 8. Serve

And be sure to serve youself a much heartier portion than this piddly little serving in the photo.

You are going to want a LOT of this stuff. Creamy, starchy, warming. Juicy tomatoes, sweet onions, tart ketchup. Not too salty and not too spicy – really different than the type of food that I normally enjoy.

And yet…perfect. So delicious. So easy and cheap to make for a big crowd or just for yourself.  20141125_192149

It makes me feel like I’m home again.

And yes, it’s pretty much grown up Beefaroni.

Comments

  1. Looks soooo delish! My only question is: is there really tomato paste used? It’s not in the ingredients list, but in the directions. Also, what would you consider a “medium” can of tomatoes? One of the 14 oz ones? Thanks! yumyumyum

    • @Cindy- Mea Culpa! There is tomato paste in there! 2 tbsp. And I actually use a 28 oz. can, though you can always use more broth or water with a smaller can of tomatoes if that’s what you have on hand. Thanks for pointing out my mistake – I just edited the ingredients!

  2. Woot thank you!!!

  3. Okay I made this finally! SO SO GOOD! Only sub I did was ground chicken and a couple baby bellas for the beef since the gf doesn’t eat things that previously mooed. Thanks F&FG!!!!!! Omnom