This hearty Italian Beef and Rice Skillet is made in less than 30 minutes and perfect for your busy weeknight!
My family LOVED this Italian Beef and Rice Skillet! I basically took the same idea as my Mexican Beef and Rice Skillet and switched up the flavor profiles for another unique and delicious dinner.
I wasn’t necessarily going for an “Italian” flavor profile when I set out to switch up this dish, but when I started playing around with different liquids and veggies to add, it all just fell into place.
If you didn’t want to use rice in this dish, you could totally swap it out for a smaller pasta. I just loved making rice skillets because my kids are huge fans of rice and it’s fairly cheap to make.
Ground Beef and Rice Skillet Variations:
- Feel free to swap out the rice for a smaller pasta
- Use your favorite type of veggies in place of the peas and carrots – green beans, broccoli or zucchini would be nice!
- For a saucier dish, try adding in 1/2 cup tomato sauce
- Use a combination of mozzarella and parmesan cheese to top the skillet for an extra cheesy dish!
One of my favorite things about this dish is that I pretty much have all these ingredients on hand at any time.
I always keep ground beef in the freezer as well as a frozen veggie mix. We always have canned tomatoes and beef broth (you could use beef bouillon and water in place of the broth), and of course always have rice on hand too. So really, this is an easy dinner that I can whip up when I am in a pinch and need a quick dinner that I know my kids will love.
Not only is this dish super easy to make, but my kids absolutely LOVED it! We served it with garlic bread and a spinach side salad.
Yes, even my kids like spinach salads… I’m lucky like that.
I know you’re going to love this quick and easy ground beef recipe too!
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