I've decided to stay true to my URL and cook up a few really easy dishes for the next week or so. Just in the past two days I've talked with over 5 fellow students who are trying to learn to cook. Their biggest complaint: having very little time and only a few random ingredients. I didn't think risotto with hamburger, chicken broth and orange bell pepper would be any good, but for a college kid, and hot, fresh meal is appreciated. (Plus, this really isn't too bad!)
Serves 2 (as a quick dinner or lunch)
Quick and simple
1 medium yellow onion
1 medium orange bell pepper (or maybe yellow)
1/3rd lb ground beef
1/2 c. Italian ABORIO Rice <---- yo undergrads...please buy some Aborio rice
1 15 oz. can of Swanson Natural Goodness chicken broth
dash of ground sage
1. Coarsely cut up yellow onion. Set onion aside near range. Wash and core the orange bell pepper, then cut into 1/2 inch squares. Don't mix onion and pepper, yet.
2. Rinse off beef and place in a large saucepan. Throw yellow onion into pan with beef and begin cooking over medium heat. Cook until meat is browned and onions just become translucent (around 5 minutes). Keep meat in larger chunks and DON'T drain the grease, unless you still have over 2 tbsp. in the pan.
3. Add Aborio rice to the meat/onion mixture. Stir, while the rice soaks up the excess fat, for 2 minutes. The rice should be mostly translucent with a white 'dot' in the center of each grain.
4. Add in the chopped orange bell pepper and a dash of sage. Also pour in about 1/4th of the chicken broth can. Continue stirring the rice mixture while the broth comes to a boil (raise the temp to medium-high if necessary).
5. When the rice soaks up most of the liquid, add in another 1/4th cup to the saucepan. Stir. Keep adding in small quantities of broth until you totally run out or the rice is creamy and tender. This whole process (add in broth, stir while rice soaks up liquid, repeat..) should take around 15 minutes.
6. Remove from range and season further with salt and pepper, if desired. Eat with a fresh green salad.