Cook bacon in large skillet on medium-high heat 5 min. or just until bacon is crisp, stirring occasionally. Remove bacon from skillet with slotted spoon, reserving drippings in skillet. Drain bacon on paper towels.
Add onions to reserved drippings; cook 4 to 5 min. or until crisp-tender, stirring occasionally. Stir in rice, garlic and Italian seasoning; cook and stir 2 min. Add 1/2 cup broth; cook and stir 1 min. or until absorbed.
Stir in additional 1/2 cup broth; cook on medium-low heat 4 min. or until most the broth is absorbed, stirring constantly. Repeat until all the broth has been added. (Rice should be tender, but firm. This will take about 25 min.) Add broccoli; cook and stir 2 min. or until heated through. Remove from heat.
Add bacon and cheese; mix lightly.
Prepare using 2 cups of your favorite blanched chopped fresh vegetables.
How to Blanch the Broccoli
Bring water to boil in large saucepan. Add broccoli florets; cook 2 min. Immediately spoon into bowl filled with ice water to stop the cooking process; drain well. For best results, the broccoli florets should be of a similar size.
Prepare using steamed fresh broccoli florets.
Calories From Fat
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g
Saturated Fat 3.5g
Trans Fat 0g
Total Carbohydrates 21g
Dietary Fibers 1g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
8 servings, 1/2 cup each
* Nutrition information is estimated based on the ingredients and cooking instructions as described in each recipe and is intended to be used for informational purposes only. Please note that nutrition details may vary based on methods of preparation, origin and freshness of ingredients used.