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"This is kind of a lazy dinner," says Rach. "We're making fried rice, but we're putting an Italian spin on it." She combines the grains with Italian sweet sausage, peppers, tomatoes, mozzarella and Parm and garnishes the dish with fresh basil. Her Italian-style fried rice comes together as quickly and easily as Asian-style fried rice—and is just as tasty. Rach calls it a "cheesy, hot, gorgeous mess." Mangia!
To fry rice, heat 4 tablespoons oil in large nonstick skillet or a cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat.
Add onion and stir 2 minutes. Add garlic and cold rice, season with salt and pepper and crisp the rice 7 to 8 minutes until lightly golden brown at edges, then remove. Add remaining oil and brown and crumble sausage 3 to 4 minutes. Add the peppers, leek, oregano, tomato paste and chopped tomatoes, then add wine and let it absorb. Add the rice back and combine. Add cheeses and basil and serve.