A one-pot dish made on the stove top using summer’s bounty—what’s not to like?
- dried chile, such as chipotle, rinsed
- hot water
- olive oil
- onion, chopped
- mushrooms, sliced
- jalapeño chile or serrano chile, sliced
- sweet pepper, seeded and chopped
- summer squash (such as zucchini, Mediterranean, and patty pan), chopped
- cherry tomatoes, halved, and regular tomatoes, chopped, with juices
- brown rice
- garlic, minced
- tomato paste
- mixed fresh herbs (such as parsley, cilantro, thyme, mint, basil, and rosemary), chopped
- Kalamata or other olives
- Slice the dried chile (I use scissors), discarding the seeds, and place in a heatproof bowl. Add hot water to cover and set aside.
- In a large pan over medium-high heat, warm the olive oil. Add the onion and mushrooms and cook, without stirring, until starting to brown. Stir in the chile, sweet pepper, summer squash, tomatoes, and brown rice, lower the heat to medium, and cook until the vegetables just start to soften. Add the hydrated dried chile along with the chile soaking water. Add enough additional water to just cover the vegetable-rice mixture. Cover, bring to a boil, lower the heat, and simmer, covered and adding more water if the mixture starts to stick, until the rice is cooked the way you like. Stir in garlic, tomato paste, and fresh herbs and serve with olives.