Spaghetti Rice

Hello everyone. I hope you all are staying warm…..or cool if you’re in the middle of summer where you live. It’s finally feeling like winter down here in the south. If you saw my last post we got snow down our way. If you live in the south where it doesn’t snow much, when it does, you have to take advantage of it.

For times like that when you can’t get to the store, it’s a great time to start pulling out the pantry staples and leftovers in the refrigerator and cook up something new…..or at least new to you. That’s kind of how this latest dish came about. I had some really nice homemade pasta sauce leftover from the previous night’s dinner, but I didn’t have any pasta left. I always keep rice on hand in the pantry because it’s definitely a staple in our house. When I saw the two, it reminded me of when I was young, my mom would make rice with pasta sauce for a quick lunch. It was so simple yet so comforting. So naturally I thought this would be a great way to use up that delicious meat sauce. This was a nice change from the usual pasta dish.

To make this even faster if you don’t have leftover pasta sauce, you can use sauce from a jar and instant rice. Grate some parmesan cheese over the top and pair it with some nice crusty bread and a salad, and you have a really tasty dinner.

Here’s what you need:

*rice; you can use any kind. I used long grain instant rice

*butter to taste

*salt to taste

*pasta sauce; homemade or from a jar. If you need a fast but tastes like homemade pasta sauce, try my Shortcut Meat Sauce

*grated parmesan cheese

Cook rice according to package directions; add butter and salt to taste once the rice is tender.

Pull out the leftover pasta sauce and warm it up in a sauce pan.

If you are making the sauce from scratch, you might want to start the sauce first then cook the rice as the sauce simmers.

Place the rice in a serving bowl or plate and spoon the sauce over the rice. Grate the parmesan cheese over the top and enjoy!

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