Living with my sweet 92 year old grandma (who has very narrow food preferences) often gives me the opportunity to get a little creative when trying to come up with something for dinner that everyone will like. This recipe came as the result of trying to find a way to satisfy my pizza craving in a way that we all would enjoy. It was a hit! I’ve made it several times now and everyone loves it.
Pizza Rice Casserole
1 can spaghetti sauce
1/2 lb Chicken, chopped
Up to 1/4 cup bacon bits
1/2 cup chopped Green Pepper
1/2 cup chopped Red Pepper
1/2 medium onion, chopped
1 large tomato, chopped (optional)
1/2 cup pineapple bits (if you like pineapple on pizza)
Whatever other pizza toppings you like (I’ve added fresh cilantro before)
Lots of shredded cheese
Grated Parmesan cheese
*Note: As you see in these pictures, the first time I made this, I did it in the crockpot. I added the chicken and onions first, then the peppers and bacon a bit later, and the rest of the ingredients last (so they wouldn’t get too done). But I don’t do it in the crockpot anymore- it just seems quicker/simpler not to. So feel free to somewhat ignore the pictures and just do it the way I explain below 😉
1. In a frying pan, cook the chicken, onion, and peppers in a little bit of oil and cook until chicken is done. Add to a bowl with the spaghetti sauce. Add the bacon bits, pineapple, olives, mushrooms, tomato (and whatever other toppings you like) to the sauce mixture. You can add a little garlic powder if you like to the sauce.
2. Spread your cooked rice in the bottom of a casserole dish.
And there you have it- Pizza Rice Casserole! This is now one of my go-to recipes for a quick and easy dinner
I haven’t yet tried this but I think it might work to put pepperoni slices on top of the cheese and then cook until the pepperoni is nice and crispy. I might try that next time!