Rice and Spinach Casserole

Posted by Brette in Food

I was intrigued at how many casseroles were in this month’s Martha Stewart Living (it doesn’t seem like a typical Martha thing really) and I’ve been enjoying trying them out. Last night I made the Rice and Spinach Casserole (page 47 of January Living). I love spinach and I love rice.

This was pretty easy to put together. You cook sliced zucchini, garlic and scallions in a pan until it’s soft. You take that out and cook spinach until it wilts. I didn’t have enough fresh spinach on hand and added some frozen spinach that I thawed and it was perfectly fine – you could definitely skip this step and just use some thawed frozen spinach. Next you add fresh basil to the spinach and cook that down a little. I didn’t have any fresh basil so I just used dried. I’m sure fresh would have tasted much better, but this was an adequate substitute (I know Martha would never agree!).

rice-spin-cassNext you mix up ricotta and eggs (I substituted Eggbeaters for some of the whole eggs). Another admission – I absolutely cannot stand ricotta in anything, ever, so I used cottage cheese. You mix this with the rice and veggies and add some parmesan cheese. You put it in a casserole dish and top with more rice and parmesan.

I really liked this.  It had lots of spinach and just enough rice. Usually I believe there can never be enough cheese in things, but this had just enough. It cooked in about 40 minutes and stayed hot when served. I’ll definitely make this again. I think if you wanted to, you could definitely add some chicken or ground turkey to this to make it a complete meal in one dish.

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