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Thursday 14 April 2016

Italian baked rice casserole (Timballo di riso)

baked rice recipe

Timballo di riso is one of traditional Italian rustic dishes. It has a lot of varieties, but the most popular one is made with minced meat, mozarella and tomato sauce. This dish is very rich in taste, flavorful and original. Give it a try - you'll love it! Tastes even better if cooked one day ahead.

To prepare Italian baked rice casserole you need:

  • 400g (14 oz) rice
  • 250g (9 oz) mozarella
  • 200g (7 oz) minced meat (pork or beef)
  • 150g (5 oz) frozen or fresh peas
  • 2 tbsp grated cheese
  • salt, black pepper
  • 1 litre (4 cups) tomato sauce
  • 200g (7 oz) ham
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 onion
  • 2 boiled eggs

Boil the peas for 5 minutes

Combine the chopped onion and carrot with the minced meat and cook the mixture in some oil for 10 minutes

Add tomato sauce and go on cooking for 15 minutes

Add the peas

Cut the ham in small pieces

Cook the rice

Combine the rice with the meat and tomato sauce mixture

Cut the boiled eggs in cubes and add them to the rice

Add mozarella, grated cheese, salt, black pepper and mix well

Grease a baking form with some oil and put the rice and meat mixture in it

Preheat the oven to 180C/356F and bake timballo for 30 minutes

And here it is! Super delicious and nutritious :-) Enjoy and buon appetito!

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