Creamy Tomato, Meatballs and Rice Bake

Looking for a casserole dinner? Then check out this creamy tomato, meatballs and rice bake – a delicious meal.

  • Prep Time 30 min
  • Total Time 2 hr 0 min
  • Servings 4

Ingredients

1
lb. extra-lean ground beef
1/4
cup finely chopped onion
1/2
teaspoon salt
1/4
teaspoon pepper
3/4
cup uncooked converted long-grain rice
1
cup half-and-half
1
(10 3/4-oz.) can condensed tomato soup with roasted garlic and herbs
1
(14.5-oz.) can diced tomatoes with roasted garlic, undrained
2
tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F. Spray 8-inch square (2-quart) glass baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. In medium bowl, combine ground beef, onion, salt and pepper; mix well. Shape mixture into 12 meatballs; place in sprayed baking dish.
  • 2 In medium bowl, combine all remaining ingredients except parsley; mix well. Pour over meatballs. Cover tightly with foil.
  • 3 Bake at 350°F. for 1 1/2 hours or until rice is tender. Let stand 10 minutes before serving. Sprinkle with parsley.

Expert Tips

Add flavor to meatballs by using ground pork or Italian sausage for part of the ground beef.

One can of condensed tomato soup plus 1 teaspoon of roasted garlic from a jar and 1 teaspoon of dried basil leaves can be used in place of condensed tomato soup with roasted garlic and herbs.

To reduce the fat in each serving of this casserole by about 6 grams and the calories by about 60, use 1 cup of nonfat milk or water in place of the half-and-half.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
520
(
Calories from Fat
190),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
21g
21%
(Saturated Fat
10g,
10%
),
Cholesterol
95mg
95%;
Sodium
970mg
970%;
Total Carbohydrate
54g
54%
(Dietary Fiber
3g
3%
  Sugars
16g
16%
),
Protein
28g
28%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
30%;
Vitamin C
240%;
Calcium
15%;
Iron
25%;
Exchanges:
2 1/2 Starch; 1 Fruit; 3 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 1 Vegetable; 2 1/2 Lean Meat; 1 Fat;
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.