Prosciutto, Artichoke and Sun-Dried Tomato Rice | My First Smartphone

by simplylife on January 15, 2014

It happened.  I finally got a smartphone.  After years of being the only one out with friends who couldn’t look-up directions on their phone, the opportunity arose and days later I was learning how to organize my apps (there really is an app for everything!).

There was never a specific reason why I didn’t get a smartphone prior.  Basically, I felt like between being on a computer frequently at work and at home, that I didn’t need to also be tempted to check my email with another device.  Plus, my phone worked perfectly fine so I just didn’t want to spend the money on a phone that could be used towards meals out!


However, now that I have one, I love it.  It has already made staying in touch with friends and family easier, and I’ve been taking way more pictures of daily happenings than I ever did before.  (I know all this is very old news to you, and the awe of having google at your fingertips is a distant memory). 😉


While it’s wonderful to have recipe websites galore at my fingertips 24/7, no amount of technology can replace the cooking inspiration I feel when flipping through a magazine!  I continue to sit down once a week to plan meals and always start by looking through old recipe pages I’ve pulled out of magazines with recipes I have yet to try.

That’s where this recipe inspiration came from; the October 2013 issue of Food & Wine.  This is like an easier version of paella, and is completely adaptable; if you look at the original recipe, you’ll see how I prepared this dish barely resembles the Food & Wine recipe.  I love the idea of everything cooking with the rice together, and the prosciutto added at the very end, heats-up exactly the right amount and adds the perfect balance with it’s salty flavor.

Prosciutto, Artichoke and Sun-Dried Tomato Rice
Inspired by Food & Wine

Prosciutto, Artichoke and Sun-Dried Tomato Rice

by Simply Life

Keywords: saute entree side prosciutto artichokes tomato olives Mediterranean

Ingredients (4 servings)

  • 2 tbs. olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 artichoke hearts, quartered
  • 3 tbs. sliced sun-dried tomatoes (I buy the kind soaked in olive oil)
  • 1/3 cup Manzanilla olives, halved
  • Fresh or dried thyme, to taste
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth, separated
  • 1 cup brown rice
  • 4 oz. thinly sliced prosciutto


1. In large skillet, heat olive oil. Add onion and cook until tender, about 3 minutes. Add garlic, artichoke hearts, sun-dried tomatoes and olives. Cook about 2 minutes. Stir in thyme, salt and pepper.

2. Add 3 cups broth and bring to a boil. Add rice and reduce heat to a simmer. Partially cover rice and allow to cook about 40 minutes, until liquid is absorbed. If rice still seems not fully cooked, add up to 1 cup more broth (bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer) until rice is fully cooked.

3. Top cooked rice with sliced prosciutto, torn into pieces. Serve warm and enjoy!

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  • itzyskitchen

    Its so funny that once you have one…you can’t imagine NOT having it! Glad you’re loving your new phone!! This looks amazing and it contains two of my husbands favorite ingredients: prosciutto and artichokes!

  • Andrea@WellnessNotes

    I got a smartphone a couple years ago, and I didn’t think I needed one. But it’s really nice, and it would be hard to live without it now… 🙂 Enjoy!

    The rice sounds delicious!

  • Colleen

    Welcome to the world of smartphones 🙂
    This dish looks awesome! I love how you meal plan and actually use recipes from magazines… I need to be better about that!

  • Karen (Back Road Journal)

    I think your rich dish sounds terrific. It is nice that you took inspiration from a magazine and made the recipe your own.

  • decocinasytacones

    Very well Gina…I´m really proud of your paella version
    Love from Spain

    • Simply Life

      Thank you! 🙂

  • Ashley Bee

    This looks delicious. I love all of the flavors! And congrats on the new smartphone 🙂 I held out for a long time, too, but now I can’t live without it!

  • Megan

    Wow. I wish I had this for dinner right now. It looks amazing!

  • Bianca Garcia

    It’s hard to imagine my life now without my iphone! However, like you, I will always love the print issues of magazines, regardless of any other existing app out there!

  • Joanne (eats well with others)

    Yay for smartphones!! Honestly, I can’t imagine living without one now. I barely have ANY apps…but Instagram and Spotify are the best.

    • Simply Life

      Oooh thanks for the tips- I haven’t used either of those yet!

  • Amy (Savory Moments)

    This rice dish looks so flavor-packed! Love the artichokes and sun-dried tomatoes in it.

    P.S. I’m still smart phone-less….

    • simplylife

      I think that’s great…and impressive!

  • Jolene (

    Haha, I just got my first smart phone in the summer 🙂 We are behind the times girl! I don’t like getting rid of things when they still work, so it was really, really hard for me to part with my slide phone.

    • simplylife

      Agreed! I feel the same way about getting rid of things!

  • Daniela

    Wow, amazing that you could resist the temptation of a smartphone for so long, I admire you for that.
    On the other hand, congrats for your new acquisition , it definitely helps to make life easier:)
    Love this Mediterranean inspired rice, it looks so yummy!

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