Sour Cream Rice Bake

I have this deep and unyielding love for comfort food. I’m sure most of you feel the same way.

To me, comfort food is creamy and soft, flavorful, but not spicy or overpowering. It’s generally simple to make and it always, always makes me smile. Oh, and did I mention that it should be full of calories?

This Sour Cream Rice Bake is pure comfort food. It’s ridiculously easy to make, with just six ingredients. It takes about 40 minutes from start to finish. The flavor is somewhat mellow and the rice is super creamy.

What I’m saying is, this dish is almost as good as laying on the couch in your comfy pants (or no pants, if you want), wrapped in a big, warm blanket, with Bravo or Lifetime on the television for 8 hours straight.

I love this stuff.

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Sour Cream Rice Bake


1 pound ground beef
15 ounces canned tomato sauce
1 1/2 cups long grain, white rice
3 cups water (or beef broth)
1 cup cottage cheese
1/2 cup sour cream
1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
salt and pepper, to taste


Add the rice and water to a medium sauce pan over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, and cover the pan. Cook for 15-18 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the water is absorbed. Allow to sit, covered, for 5 minutes.
While the rice is cooking, brown the ground beef in a skillet until cooked through. Remove from the heat, drain the grease, and add the tomato sauce to the pan.
Add the rice to a large mixing bowl and dump in the sour cream and cottage cheese. Stir to combine. Salt and pepper, to taste.
In a 2 quart baking dish place half of the rice on the bottom of the dish. Top with half of the meat and tomato sauce mixture. Sprinkle on half of the cheese. Repeat the layers.
Bake at 350 degrees for 10 to 15 minutes or until the cheese is melted.

adapted from The Pioneer Woman (her version uses egg noodles and it’s fabulous that way, too)

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35 Responses to “Sour Cream Rice Bake”

  1. JulieD May 14, 2012 @ 1:25 pm (#

    Karly, this looks awesome! I love that it has sour cream in it…must try this! Thank you for sharing!!


  2. Pam May 14, 2012 @ 2:06 pm (#

    No pants on the couch! Woohoo! LOL!


  3. Cookbook Queen May 14, 2012 @ 2:58 pm (#

    I can only imagine how awesome it would be if I DID eat this on the couch, in sweatpants, while watching Lifetime. My life would be complete.


    • Karly replied: — May 14th, 2012 @ 3:25 pm

      @Cookbook Queen,

      So, you’re saying you don’t like the idea of going without pants for dinner?


  4. Roxanne May 14, 2012 @ 4:38 pm (#

    LOVE this dish. We make it at work (boys home) and instead of beef, use canned chicken. We call it chicken fiesta!


  5. joanne May 14, 2012 @ 8:33 pm (#

    For me, comfort food involves carbs and cheese. Always. Subtract out the beef in this and I’m curling up, pants-less, with some real housewives.


  6. Alyssa May 15, 2012 @ 9:30 am (#

    Could you make this with Minute Rice instead or do you think it would get all mushy and gross??


    • Karly replied: — May 15th, 2012 @ 10:50 am


      I’ve never tried it with Minute Rice, but I think it’d work just fine!


  7. Jillian @ DNA and Dessert May 15, 2012 @ 11:05 am (#

    I’m so making this tonight. I think I’ll substitute rehydrated TVP for the ground meat but basically I love finding recipes randomly that I have all the ingredients for at home. It makes my day because instead of wondering what to have for dinner, I already know! Thanks for the recipe.


  8. what katie's baking May 15, 2012 @ 2:54 pm (#

    i’ve made something similar to this, but yours looks ten times better! yum! i want some.


  9. Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious May 16, 2012 @ 3:26 am (#

    This is definitely comfort food at its best!


  10. love2dine May 16, 2012 @ 9:25 am (#

    I want to grab one and eat it! perfect for my dinner.


  11. This looks so delicious, Karly! Just my kind of one-dish meal for the weekday. Great pictures, too!


  12. Aggie May 16, 2012 @ 10:26 am (#

    you’re not kidding, this screams comfort. Sounds so delicious


  13. Deborah May 21, 2012 @ 10:03 pm (#

    You just gave this pregnant lady a serious craving. Thank goodness I’m going to the grocery store tomorrow!


  14. Aninas Recipes May 29, 2012 @ 3:52 am (#

    Yes YES yes! I love comfort food like this! This recipe really looks easy, will give it a try! Anything with cheese and ground beef is has my taste buds singing a lullaby!!!


  15. Mary Williams April 2, 2013 @ 4:29 pm (#

    I made this tonight and my husband and I both loved it. Very easy and didn’t take anytime at all. I did add onions.
    Yummy stuff! Thank you!


  16. Cindy April 10, 2013 @ 2:18 pm (#

    I made this for lunch today & my husband & I loved it!

    I halved the recipe & added spices to the meat mixture & parsley & 1 egg to the cottage cheese mixture.

    Thanks for sharing the recipe. It’s a keeper!


  17. julia April 20, 2013 @ 5:52 pm (#

    Could I make this with ricotta cheese instead of cottage cheese?


    • Karly replied: — April 21st, 2013 @ 10:42 am

      Sure thing! I think that would work great!


  18. Liz September 20, 2013 @ 7:37 pm (#

    This looks and Sounds delicious. Thanks so much.


  19. Debra January 13, 2014 @ 4:38 pm (#

    Great recipe!. My granddaughter always ask me to make this for her, she loves it.


  20. Crystal January 20, 2014 @ 6:23 pm (#

    Would this be good to make multiples of to freeze? Thinking of creating three or four for some upcoming families having babies.


    • Karly replied: — January 23rd, 2014 @ 1:34 pm


      I haven’t tried it, but I think it would freeze great!


  21. Liz March 17, 2014 @ 1:48 pm (#

    All nice recipes. Thanks so much and have a Happy Monday!


  22. Teena McElroy September 5, 2014 @ 11:39 pm (#

    I made this for dinner tonight. It is so delicious and just what I needed.



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