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Italian: Savory Italian Rice Bake -

Savory Italian Rice Bake

Recipe Ingredients:

1pkg(10.3oz) Rice-A-Roni chicken flavor
1lbsItalian sausage
1/2cupchopped onion
3smallzucchini, cut into 1/4-inch slices
1clovegarlic, minced
2 1/2cupspaghetti sauce
1/2tspdried basil
2cup(8oz) shredded mozzarella cheese

Recipe Instructions:

1.   Heat oven to 350F. Prepare Rice-A-Roni mix as package directs. Remove sausage from casing; crumble.
2.   In large skillet, brown sausage and onion; drain, reserving 1 Tbl drippings in skillet. Set aside. Add zucchini and garlic; saute over medium-high heat 1 minute. Cover; continue cooking over low heat about 2 minutes or until crisp-tender.
3.   Combine prepared rice, sausage mixture, 1 1/2 cups spaghetti sauce and basil; spread into a 13x9-inch baking dish. Sprinkle with 1 cup cheese. Top with zucchini. Top with remaining sauce; sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake 25 to 30 minutes, or until heated through. Let stand 5 minutes before serving. Serves 8.

Variation: Substitute ground beef for Italian sausage.
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