I make this hearty comfort all in one meal quite often for my boyfriend and I. It's simple & easy to prepare especially on a busy weekday and not wanting to spend a whole lot of time in the kitchen, and with already having these ingredients on hand makes it even better. It makes a lot for just two people but when my son is around, there are no leftovers. For such a flavorful dish it's also budget friendly if leaving the more expensive items out. Delicious!!!.
1Heat oven to 375 degrees. Spray 13x9-inch (3 quart) glass baking dish with non stick cooking spray. In 3-quart saucepan, cook bacon over med-high heat 5 minutes, stirring frequently, until crisp. Remove bacon from saucepan; drain on paper towel.
2To drippings in saucepan, add celery, bell pepper and onions; cook over medium heat 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are tender. Add ham (optional), kielbasa, tomatoes, broth, water, thyme and Cajun seasoning (optional); mix well. Heat to boiling. Stir in rice and cooked bacon. Pour mixture into baking dish. Cover with foil.
3Bake 30 to 40 minutes or until rice is tender. Stir before serving.
Makes 6 servings (1 1/2 cups each)
To give this recipe that New Orleans flare, add 8 ounces of cooked shrimp.
(1) serving: Calories 370 (Calories from Fat 130), Total Fat 14g (Saturated Fat 5g, Cholesterol 45mg; Sodium 1560mg (on average) if not using low sodium broth). Total Carbohydrate 42g (Dietary Fiber 3g, Sugars 5g), Protein 19g.