Image Courtesy Grace Hallenbeck

This is a hearty meal, perfect for coming cold days.  Loved when mom made this dish!  Try it and let us know what you think!

Serves 4-6


  • 3 Cups Dry Rice
  • 28 oz Tomato Sauce
  • 10 oz Frozen Peas
  • Romano Cheese, grated


Cook 3 Cups Dry Rice according to package directions.  Most rice preparation calls for one cup rice with two cups water.  This recipe uses 1-1/2 cups rice with three cups water.

When rice is cooked, fold in 28 oz cooked tomato sauce to the pot of rice.  Recommendation:  Furmano’s crushed tomatoes make a tasty sauce.  I like to use heated leftover sauce (which I keep in the freezer) when I prepare this meal, as it makes for a quick preparation.

Fold in the frozen peas to the pot.

This is a relatively dry mixture, but if it seems too dry add a little water and fold in well.

Cover, cook on low for 3 minutes, or until peas are cooked, not mushy.

Top generously with grated Romano cheese.


More recipes by Grace Hallenbeck can be found here.

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Grace currently hails from the shores of North Carolina, a trial retirement location, where she programs and broadcasts a weekly local news show on (all-volunteer) Radio Hatteras. Homesickness overwhelms her many days. A 50-year resident with a heart for Frederick, Grace attended West Frederick Junior and Frederick High Schools. A de facto paralegal from the days when legal secretaries did much research and writing, Grace worked in private law firms. Other employment included IBM, radio, band music, Montgomery County Attorney’s Office, and a long term position with the Montgomery County Council where she retired as a facilities manager. Grace was a minority practical conservative in a liberal charter government. Notwithstanding that environment, Grace is a resourceful, logical, thrifty, innovative, and independent thinking woman--and a great cook! She has been described as “thorough and meticulous.” Having cut her teeth in local government for 28 years, she is well acquainted with the workings of charter government. Grace will share writings of her amusements and observations...and, yes, recipes!