Throw this dish together using leftover rice, or cook some while doing the sauté. This tasty recipe is stuffed with veggies, vitamins and antioxidants.
2 tablespoons olive oil
Meanwhile cut the tomatoes into chunks. Process them with the hot pepper and garlic. (Note #5) When sauté is finished, add tomatoes, sugar, salt, black pepper and herbs. Reduce heat and simmer for about 10 minutes. Add tomato sauce, wine and rice. Stir to mix well. Turn heat to lowest setting and cook for another 10 minutes, stirring frequently. Taste. If it needs more flavor, try stirring in a little ketchup, another teaspoon of sugar or adding a little salt, tasting as you go.
Serve with grated or shredded parmesan cheese.
Note #1: A mixture of lean ground pork and beef is good, too.
Note #2: If you have them, use 1 Tablespoon each fresh, chopped oregano and basil and 2 Tablespoons chopped fresh parsley.
Note #3: If you don't cook with wine, add chicken broth, tomato juice or water.
Note #4: A potato masher works well for this.
Note #5: If you don't have either a food processor or blender, just mince the garlic and hot pepper, and finely chop the tomatoes.