I was on Pinterest and I saw this recipe called Sicilian Rice Ball Casserole. I remember My Aunt Stella telling me years ago how Pa loved to eat rice with meat sauce. I thought that was odd but after having this dish I totally understand. It is delicious!! It reminds me of lasagna. Everyone in my family had seconds 🙂 When I made the recipe I tweaked it a bit. There was no garlic in the sauce. I’m sorry that is a sin!! To add a bit more umf to it I also took some carrots juice, about a 1/4 cup red bell pepper, and a handful of spinach blended it up and added it to the sauce. My middle child is so anti veggie it is really very sad. She got her veggies today :). I do not add all the tomato sauce to the meat mixture I put in about 20 oz and the rest will be saved for the rice
2 cups long grain rice
4 cups water
3 sweet Italian sausage links, casing removed
10 oz ground turkey
1/4 cup minced onion
salt and pepper
5 oz frozen peas
29oz tomato sauce
1/3 cup egg beaters or egg whites
1/2 cup pecorino romano (I used a lil more)
4 tbsp. seasoned bread crumbs divided
1 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella
cook rice in water according to package directions. Set aside to cool
Meanwhile, sauté sausage, meat, and onion until browned. Season with salt and pepper. Here is where I also added onion and garlic powder. Then add peas and 16 oz tomato sauce. simmer on low about 20 minutes.
Preheat oven 400. In a large bowl combine rice, romano, eggs, and 9 oz tomato sauce and mix well. Rice should be a bit sticky
Spray a 9×12 casserole dish with cooking spray, making sure to spray the sides too. Add 2 tbsp. breadcrumbs to the dish and roll around to coat the bottom and sides.
Take half of the rice mixture and cover the bottom of the dish and up the side; press to form the bottom layer
add half the meat sauce
sprinkle with mozzarella top with remaining rice and press until even. Top with remaining meat sauce, remaining 2 tbsp. breadcrumbs, and remaining mozzarella.
Cover with foil and bake 20 minutes. Remove foil and bake 10 more minutes. Cut into 8 pieces.
one serving is 367 calories, fat 9.5g, carb 46g, fiber 2, protein 21g
Try it you won’t be sorry!!! Oh…I also made a salad to go with it.