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
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
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. 2. Add the beef and cook until it’s browned. Drain off any excess fat. 3. Add the orzo or rice. Stir to coat in the residual fat. 4. Add the tomatoes and one ladleful of stock. 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. 6. Add the tomato paste, ketchup, and Worcestershire sauce. Taste for seasonings and adjust accordingly. 7. Stir in the cheese. 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.
It makes me feel like I’m home again.
And yes, it’s pretty much grown up Beefaroni.