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Quick Italian Veggie Skillet

When you don’t know what to serve, Italian flavors are a good starting point. We combine cannellini and garbanzo beans for this snappy rice dish. —Sonya Labbe, West Hollywood, California
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 1 can (15 ounces) no-salt-added garbanzo beans or chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (15 ounces) no-salt-added cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) no-salt-added stewed tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 3/4 cup uncooked instant rice
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, optional
  • 1 cup marinara sauce
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Minced fresh basil


  • In a large skillet, combine first 6 ingredients and, if desired, pepper flakes; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, until rice is tender, 7-9 minutes. Stir in marinara sauce; heat through, stirring occasionally. Top with cheese and basil.
Nutrition Facts
1-1/3 cups: 342 calories, 4g fat (1g saturated fat), 6mg cholesterol, 660mg sodium, 59g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 11g fiber), 16g protein.

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  • Maggie
    May 6, 2020

    I loved this, but I made some big changes. I followed the recipe, but I added: 1 additional cans of stewed tomatoes and cannellini beans, dried parsley, 4 cloves of minced garlic, 2 teaspoons of minced onion, another cup of veggie broth, 2 teaspoons of sugar and WOW it was fantastic and full of flavor.

  • jkcoach98
    Jun 14, 2018

    This was an ok meal. Very easy to make. I also added sliced chicken to make a complete meal. I agree that this needed something extra for taste.

  • JRocandJordysMom
    Apr 21, 2016

    I used Uncle Ben's whole grain rice. I cooked it separately then added it to the skillet. I did not have an issue with dryness. I added home made pasta sauce instead of marinara, and 1/4 tsp oregano instead of Italian seasoning. Otherwise I made it as directed. I think the grated cheese added a nice flavor.

  • NH-rescue
    Sep 29, 2015

    Five stars for being quick and easy. I prefer regular already-cooked brown rice to instant - that might solve the dryness factor. Becomes more flavorful when you add sausage or bacon bits.

  • toolbarsco
    Apr 9, 2015

    This recipe is certainly quick and easy to prepare. I added chicken to make it a complete meal. I also added a can of diced tomatoes because the rice was not getting tender and the mixture seemed kind of dry. I gave it 4 stars because the taste lacked "oomph."