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Italian Fried Rice

15 Comments | Written on July 28, 2011 at 5:00 am , by

One of my favorite ways to “clean out the fridge” toward the end of the week is to make fried rice.   It can be a mishmash of proteins, veggies and leftover grains that end up coming together in one fantastic dish!  I recently cleaned out my pantry and discovered a half used bag of Arborio rice.  Then when I came upon some veggies and a little pancetta in the fridge, I knew what needed to happen…

Not only Fried Rice….Italian Fried Rice!

In this recipe I used the Italian short-grain rice as the base for the dish.  Then I just started tossing in some of my favorite Italian ingredients.  Portabella mushrooms, zucchini, and garlic.  That’s when I realized exactly what this fusion dish needed – pancetta!  If you like bacon, you will die for pancetta.  I topped it all off with a bit of fresh basil and there you have it, an Italian-style fried rice.

ITALIAN FRIED RICE   (click here to view and print recipe)

1 cup Arborio rice  (Italian short-grain rice)

2 cups water

1 package (3 oz) diced pancetta

4 tablespoons olive oil or to taste, divided

4 eggs, beaten

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 red pepper, diced

1 medium zucchini, diced

1 package (8 oz.)  sliced baby bella mushrooms

4 tablespoons soy sauce or to taste

2 teaspoons granulated sugar

black pepper to taste

Garnish:  fresh basil, if desired

Prepare rice according to package directions using 2 cups water.  Cool rice, then spread onto a baking sheet and refrigerate until cold.  In a large skillet or wok crisp pancetta.  Remove from pan and set aside.  Heat 1 tablespoon oil in skillet or wok.  Add eggs and stir until scrambled, remove from pan and set aside.   Add 2 tablespoons oil to hot pan and stir in garlic, red pepper, zucchini and mushrooms.  Saute for a few minutes, then add remaining oil to pan.  Stir in cold rice, adding more oil as needed.  Stir in soy sauce, sugar and pepper to taste.  Add pancetta and eggs and toss.   Garnish with fresh basil, if desired. Serves 4-6.

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