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Cheesy Italian Rice Skillet

One pot meal full of vegetables, beef, rice, and flavor! 

Servings 8
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  • 1 medium yellow onion chopped
  • 3-4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 medium bell pepper chopped
  • 2 medium zucchinis (about 2 cups full) chopped
  • 1 lb lean groun beef
  • 2 tsp italian seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 2 cups marinara sauce I use DDOP Slow Cooker Marinara
  • 1 cup long grain rice not instant
  • 2 tbs Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese


  1. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, add ground beef and season with salt and pepper. Break up with spatula. Add onions, green peppers, and garlic. Continue to cook until beef is browned and the vegetables are softened.

  2. Add zucchini and continue to cook for a few more minutes until slightly soft.

  3. Add marinara, rice, Italian seasoning, beef broth, and Worcestershire sauce to the skillet. Stir all together. Bring to boil. Cover skillet with tightly fitting lid and reduce heat to low. Continue to cook for 16-18 minutes or until the rice is cooked. 

  4. When the rice is cooked. Sprinkle mozzarella cheese on top. Cover the skillet and let the cheese melt. Serve hot and enjoy! Garnish with a little fresh parsley for some color. (optional)

Recipe Notes

Serving size: 1 and 1/4 cups

6 Freestyle Smart Points (calculated with Weight Watchers Recipe Builder)

227 calories 5g fat, 2g saturated fat, 26g carbohydrates, 2g fiber, 3g sugar, 18g protein (calculated with My Fitness Pal)

6 Points Plus (previous Weight Watchers plan- calculated with My Score Plus)

Note: Points/Calories may change if using a jar of marinara sauce. You can find the recipe for the Slow Cooker Marinara here.