Minute Rice Five Spice Casserole

Recipe by Chef Garlic
READY IN: 35mins


  • 1
    lb ground beef (lean is great, as you don't need to drain it)
  • 1
    teaspoon vegetable oil (or any oil you like)
  • 1 12
    teaspoons salt or 1 1/2 teaspoons no-salt brand salt
  • 1
    medium onion, chopped
  • 1
    dash pepper, to taste
  • 18
    teaspoon garlic powder or 1/8 teaspoon garlic granules
  • 18
    teaspoon thyme (ground basil also works)
  • 18
    teaspoon oregano (ground is best)
  • 1 -2
    bay leaf (try to take them out before baking)
  • 1
    (10 3/4 ounce) can mushroom soup, reduced fat works okay
  • 1
    (28 ounce) can diced tomatoes (the larger "family size" is good)
  • 8
    slices sharp cheddar cheese, reduced fat is good


  • Brown meat in oil, add onions and cook until tender.
  • Stir in seasonings, soup, tomatoes, and Minute rice.
  • Simmer 5 minutes.
  • Stir occasionally.
  • Spoon into 1 1/2 quart baking dish. (But I only use a cast iron skillet, since it is both oven and stove top friendly. Plus, my Grandmother always made it in a cast iron skillet, and I did learn from her. She was the best cook for comfort foods.).
  • Criss cross with cheese and broil until cheese melts.
  • Garnish with olives if desired.
  • Instead of olives, we sometimes use jalepenos.
  • Also, this recipe works well when you cook it in a cast iron skillet- you only dirty one dish that way!