Italian Skillet Dinner

Life continues on. My son was Maurice, Belle’s father, in “Beauty and the Beast” recently. He loves acting and musicals. With his autism he studies people endlessly to understand their motives, vocal inflections, and emotions. This has helped him be a fairly good actor. Comedy especially comes easy to him. He doesn’t understand that even though it comes easily to him that it is a talent. I know I am his mom but he did a great job and his songs were wonderful.

Maurice and his proud sister.

So, we are having these quick easy meals that everyone can eat or heat up as they need. This meal is on the table in about 30 – 35 minutes. It is a comforting meal with lots of flavor!


This was a hit with everyone (even my daughter who doesn’t care for rice). It has a great flavor and is a nice comforting meal on busy nights. I loved that I had everything in my pantry to make this on a night I didn’t start dinner until 7:30 pm and it came together so easily. It also made enough for 4 large servings for dinner and a couple of lunch servings for the next day.

We had this with a green side salad to complete the meal.

  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 lbs. ground beef
  • 2 (14.5 oz) can Italian diced tomatoes
  • 1 (16 oz) can corn, drained
  • 1 1/2 cups uncooked white rice
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Parmesan cheese, for serving if desired


  1. Brown the ground beef and onion in a large skillet over medium heat until meat is cooked through. Break meat into small pieces as it cooks with the side of a spoon.
  2. Return skillet to stove top and add in the tomatoes, rice, beef broth, oregano, garlic salt, basil and pepper. Stir well and allow to return to a low boil. Reduce heat, cover, and let cook until liquid is absorbed. In the last 3-4 minutes stir in corn to heat with rice and meat.
  3. Once rice is cooked stir well and taste and adjust spices. Sprinkle top with the mozzarella cheese return lid to pan and allow cheese to melt. Serve hot.


9 Comments Add yours

  1. It’s all in there! 🍃🍅😍

    Liked by 1 person

    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you!

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Erika Kind says:

    Looks like your son truly found his passion. Amazing again to see how actually his autism led him there and how it is actually supporting his talent. I can only imagine how proud you must be of him.

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you, Erika! He so loves to act. He wants to find a college where he can continue while still pursuing his love of writing and history. Even he has said this has helped him to better understand people.

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      1. Erika Kind says:

        What an amazing tool which is fun and joy for him and at the same time helps him coping with life. Fantastic!


    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you so very much!


    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you!


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