I made this a day ahead so I only had to heat it up on a lazy Monday evening. It tasted so good and I think the flavor got even richer overnight. This dish is so yummy, I only had to serve it with a simple green salad and a nice glass of dry red.
1 cup basmati rice
1/3 cup whole garlic cloves
1/4 cup olive oil
500g ground beef
1/2 cup onion, finely chopped
1 tsp dried Italian seasoning
1/2 tsp dried basil
salt and freshly ground black pepper
750ml tomato sauce
2 cups water
1 cup grated parmesan
1. Heat oil in a heavy dutch oven over medium heat. Add rice and garlic cloves. Stir constantly and cook about 10 minutes, or until lightly golden brown.
2. Add meat, onion, dried herbs, and salt and pepper. Cook for another 10 minutes, or until meat is browned.
3. Add tomato sauce, water, and sugar. Simmer over low heat for 15 to 20 minutes until rice is tender. Add up to 1 cup more water if needed. Serve topped with grated parmesan cheese.