Oma's One Skillet German Rice Dinner

This German rice dish, aka Reistopf, is so quick and easy to make.  It is similar to a risotto - but you use regular long grain white rice and add meat as well. 

You can add diced red or green pepper if you wish. Here's I've served it with butternut squash, a family favorite.

Prep Time

10 minutes

Cook Time

30 minutes

Total Time

40 minutes

Servings:

Makes 6 servings

Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons oil or butter
  • 1 onion, chopped 
  • 2 cups white long grain rice
  • 28 ounces can tomatoes, diced or sliced 
  • 10 ounces can mushrooms, sliced 
  • 2 cups leftover ham or other cooked meat, in chunks
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon Vegeta powder (or about 1 teaspoon seasoning salt)
  • parsley, salt, pepper

Instructions:

  1. In a large saucepan, heat oil/butter. Soften and slightly brown onion. Add rice. Stir and brown slightly over high heat.
  2. Add canned tomatoes (with liquid), canned mushrooms (with liquid), meat, and about 2 cups water. Add Vegeta powder. Stir. Cover and bring to simmer.
  3. Simmer on medium-low heat, covered, stirring occasionally and adding extra water as necessary. Cook until rice is tender, about 20 minutes. 
  4. Season with parsley and extra salt and pepper as needed.

Notes/Hints:

  • Use salt and pepper if you do not have Vegeta.
  • Add other canned vegetables if desired; omit mushrooms if desired.
  • If you have any leftover gravy, add it. 
  • If you want to serve this as a side dish to meat, omit the meat in the rice.
  • Serve this with butternut squash, as I have in the photo above.

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