I really love main dishes that can be cooked all in one pan, downsized for a smaller family and that are simple, yet delicious, using things I have in my cupboard. I also love creating new ways to use my leftovers. This tasty dish incoporates all of the above criteria.
Although the initial recipe is sized for 4 to 6 people (depending on appetites) it is also easily downsized to feed 2 or 3 by simply cutting all of the ingredients in half.
It all gets cooked in one pan, easy peasy and minimal clean up required.
I had leftover ham and vegetables that needed using . . . they went together perfectly in this, or you can simply use a frozen vegetable mix. Whichever is easiest for you and more convenient.
It goes together quickly and with minimum of fuss. It almost reminds me of rice-aroni, in that you sautee the rice and some vermicelli in a bit of butter first.
I miss rice-aroni. I was especially fond of the spanish one, but then I am cuckoo for tomato anything and spanish flavours . . .
Cheese . . . it has cheese. I love anything with cheese and ham and vegetables and rice all go very well with cheese.
If you have all the ingredients assembled, it goes together in a flash and you can have it on the table in less than half an hour. This is a plus for me and makes for a great weeknight dinner.
All you need on the side is a mixed salad and some crusty bread if you are so inclined and we usually are.
*Cheesy Ham and Vegetable Rice*Serves 4 - 6
Cover tightly and cook over low heat for 20 minutes. At the nd of that time test the rice/noodles to see if they are cooked through and all of the water has been absorbed.. If not you can add another 120ml of boiling water and cook longer, until they are tender. Add the milk and cheese, stir through and heat to melt the cheese. Taste and adjust season as desired. Serve immediately.
I really hope you will give this a go and that you enjoy it. I have been known to buy a slab of ham just to cook this. It is that tasty and something which my husband loves! Bon Appetit!