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Healthy Ground Pork and Rice Casserole Recipe

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This ground pork and rice casserole recipe is a healthy and easy dinner recipe that can be made in under an hour. Made with ground pork, onion, peppers, fire-roasted tomatoes, and jasmine rice. This delicious pork and rice recipe is a complete meal cooked up in a single casserole dish. With easy gluten-free casserole recipes, you can throw together a healthy meal in no time with simple ingredients and minimal prep. 

This healthy casserole recipe is pure comfort food made with wholesome ingredients. Start with quality ground pork, fresh, crisp vegetables, and jasmine rice’s light, fluffy texture. To take this dish to the next level, use homemade chicken broth for an extra layer of flavor that will have everyone coming back for seconds.

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This simple dish bursts with delicious flavor and vibrant colorful vegetables that even picky eaters will love. Made with pantry staples and just a few minutes of prep you can create a meal that the whole family will enjoy. 

What You Need to Make This Pork and Rice Casserole Recipe

This easy recipe is extremely versatile. It’s made with different ingredients that can be easily found at the local grocery store and can also be interchanged to suit your needs or personal taste.  

  • 1 lb ground pork
  • 1 orange bell pepper, diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 1 cup jasmine rice, measured dry
  • 1 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1 -15oz can fire roasted tomatoes, do not drain
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • optional fresh parsley for garnish
ingredients to make a healthy ground pork and rice casserole recipe with tomatoes

‚ÄčIngredient Tips and Substitutions

Bell peppers come in a variety of colors, not only adding a pop of vibrancy to the dish but also offering slightly different flavor profiles. I like to use green bell pepper for its light flavor, balanced by the sweetness of either an orange or yellow pepper.

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If you don’t have jasmine rice, you can use another white rice like basmati, or brown rice if you prefer. Do not use minute rice or instant rice. The amount of liquid is relative to the amount of uncooked rice in this easy casserole recipe. 

Fire-roasted tomatoes add a touch of smoky depth and sweetness, taking this dish from ordinary to extraordinary.

For the broth, I use my homemade chicken broth recipe, but you can use storebought chicken broth or beef broth. 

Quality of meat is important, especially when it comes to pork. I order all of my meat online from small regenerative farms. You can get quality beef, chicken, and pork online from Crowd Cow and have it shipped to your home. If you are not a fan of ground pork, you can use ground chicken, or ground turkey if you’d like. 

grass fed beef and quality pork

How to Make a Ground Pork and Rice Casserole with Vegetables 

First, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Then cook the ground pork in a large skillet, over medium-high heat. Cook the pork until brown and crumbly, and there is no more pink.

ground pork in skillet

Next, use a slotted spoon to remove the cooked pork from the skillet and set it aside. Leave the pork fat in the skillet, and add the onions.

cook onions in pork fat

Cook the onions for about 3-4 minutes until translucent. Then add the diced bell peppers to the skillet.

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Add the salt, pepper, and dried basil. Stir to combine and cook for 1-2 minutes to incorporate.

diced onions and bell peppers in skillet

Next, add the minced garlic, and the rice. Stir and cook for another 1-2 minutes.

uncooked jasmine rice in skillet

Then add the chicken stock to the skillet.

homemade chicken broth in skillet with jasmine rice

Add the can of diced fire-roasted tomatoes with the liquid.

fire roasted tomatoes in skillet with peppers and broth

Bring to a simmer, then reduce the heat, cover, and let simmer for 10-12 minutes to allow the rice to absorb some of the liquid.

After 10-12 minutes the rice will still be al dente, this is ok.

simmer rice in broth to absorb liquid

Next, return the cooked pork to the skillet.

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Stir to combine.

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Transfer the ingredients to a casserole baking dish, cover with aluminum foil, and place in the preheated oven to bake for 20 minutes.

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Ground Pork and Rice with Fire Roasted Tomatoes Easy Gluten Free Casserole

Remove the flavorful casserole from the oven and enjoy.

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This is one of my favorite recipes because it combines all of my favorite things, and is both easy and healthy. You can serve it as a main dish, then use the leftovers for a side dish the next day. Just store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator, and heat it in the microwave when ready. 

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This comforting ground pork and rice casserole is a hearty and flavorful weeknight dinner. Packed with juicy browned pork, tender rice, and colorful vegetables in a savory broth, it’s a complete meal in one dish. Fire-roasted tomatoes add a touch of smoky sweetness, while dried herbs and a hint of minced garlic elevate the flavors.

The best part? It all comes together in under an hour, making it perfect for busy nights. Serve it with a simple green salad for a satisfying and delicious meal. 

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Healthy Ground Pork and Rice Casserole Recipe

Yield: 9
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

This ground pork and rice casserole recipe is a healthy dinner recipe that can be made in under an hour with peppers and fire-roasted tomatoes.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground pork
  • 1 orange bell pepper, diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 1 cup jasmine rice, measured dry
  • 1 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1 -15oz can fire roasted tomatoes, do not drain
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • optional fresh parsley for garnish

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a large skillet cook the ground pork until brown and crumbly.
  3. Remove the cooked pork from the skillet, and leave the pork grease in the pan.
  4. Cook the diced onions in the pork grease until translucent
  5. Then add the bell peppers, salt, pepper and basil. Cook 1-2 minutes.
  6. Add the minced garlic and uncooked rice. Cook 1-2 minutes.
  7. Next, add the chicken broth and canned tomatoes, with the liquid.
  8. Cover and let the ingredients simmer for 10-12 minutes.
  9. Remove from the heat, and return the cooked pork to the skillet. Stir to combine,
  10. Transfer to a casserole dish. Cover with foil and bake for 20 minutes until the rice is fluffy and has absorbed all of the liquid.
  11. Serve and enjoy
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 9 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 196Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 48mgSodium: 376mgCarbohydrates: 10gFiber: 2gSugar: 3gProtein: 15g

nutritional values are estimates and may vary depending on products/ingredients used.

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