Tuesday, March 16, 2010

The San Francisco Treat

Here's a filling dinner that's quick and easy. We hadn't had it in awhile, and so it was time to try it again. It's on the plain side, and I guess I discovered it when we had young children that didn't like "fancy" food. You could dress it up with various vegetables, or add some salsa or gravy if you want, but I actually like it plain. Because it uses simple ingredients from the fridge and pantry, you shouldn't have to make a trip to the store!"Rice-a-Roni"

1 pound ground beef
1 onion, chopped
1 cup rice
1/4 cup butter or margarine
8 oz. spaghetti, broken into small pieces
4 cups beef broth
salt and pepper to taste
First, brown the ground beef and onion and set aside. Or, take some already cooked out of the freezer and thaw. Then melt the butter in a large pan and stir in the rice. Let it cook a few minutes to turn golden and then add the spaghetti. Stir in the beef broth and hamburger mixture.
Bring to a boil and simmer for 20 minutes until the rice has absorbed the liquid and is soft. That's it. Serves 6-8.I actually don't recall ever having the boxed "rice-a-roni" but I imagine it's pretty similar to this. We'll be using the leftovers in a "fried rice" concoction in a couple of days. I haven't quite yet figured out how that will work :)

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