Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Ravishing Rice Casserole -- Oh, So Good

As you can probably tell from my cookbook, I've had this recipe for over 20 years.  I started collecting recipes from friends and family as a new bride and I have continued asking for recipes of the dishes we taste and enjoy.  The recipes found in this simple binder are still the the very ones I make most often.

Ravishing Rice has been a family favorite for almost 21 years.  A sweet friend brought this dish to me when we brought our first baby home from the hospital and it was such great comfort food.  She and her husband held our little bundle of pink as the MainMost and I feasted on the tantalizing dish.  I remember that she served it with garlic toast.  (It was our very first time having garlic toast, too, and it is now a staple of our monthly menus.)  The MainMost and I thought the sausage/noodle/rice combo was delicious then, and have enjoyed eating it ever since.

From the fresh sausage direct from the farm to the bell peppers straight from my mother-in-love's garden, it might have been better tonight than ever before. And I even took pictures as I prepped the casserole so I could show you step by step.

Ravishing Rice Casserole

1 large onion, chopped
1 bell pepper, chopped
1 cup celery, chopped
1 1/2 teaspoons butter
1 pound ground sausage
4 1/2 cups water
1 box (2 packages) Instant Chicken Noodle Soup
1/2 cup rice
1/2 cup slivered almonds

Chopped by me and ready to saute.  (I have a cousin who is a great cook.  I remember one Facebook status where she lamented kitchen laziness by those who bought these three pre-chopped.  I've been guilty of that on numerous occasions.  She was right, of course.  It sure does taste better when you chop them up fresh.

Saute onions, bell pepper, and celery in butter.
Smells heavenly
Cook sausage and drain.  Set aside. 

Isn't this pretty sausage?  I love farm fresh goodness.

Boil water and add soup mix and rice.  Cook for 8 minutes.  DO NOT DRAIN.

Mix all ingredients (except almonds) together in 2 1/2 quart baking dish.  (I use a glass dish with lid.) Bake for 30 minutes in 350 degree oven.

Almonds add pizzazz.
Top with almonds and bake uncovered for 10 more minutes.

I served this with hard rolls and sweet tea -- the perfect southern meal.

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  1. Hi Lynn! This was the most viewed post from last week's Try a New Recipe Tuesday! Congratulations! :-) Be sure to stop by and grab an "I've been featured" button from my sidebar for your blog. The post will go live shortly. Hope you can join us again this week! :-)


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