ITALIAN RICE

makes 6 to 8 servings
1 cup long grain rice
1/3 cup whole garlic cloves
1/4 cup olive oil or bacon drippings
3/4 - 1 pound lean ground beef or pork
1/2 cup yellow onion, finely chopped
1 teaspoon rubbed sage
1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/4 teaspoons fresh ground pepper
1 (28-ounce) can tomato sauce
2 cups water
1 teaspoon sugar
1 cup grated parmesan
Heat oil in a heavy dutch oven over medium heat; add rice and garlic cloves; cook about 10 minutes, stirring constantly until lightly golden brown.
Add meat, onion, sage, Italian seasoning, dried basil, salt and pepper. Stirring frequently, cook another 10 minutes or until meat is browned.

Add tomato sauce, water and sugar. Simmer over low heat 15 to 20 minutes until rice is tender. Add up to 1-cup more water if needed.

Serve each bowl topped with grated parmesan cheese.

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