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    Green Rice Casserole

    Casseroles are everybody’s best friend, chum, buddy and savior. Where were you more than half of my life? You can’t imagine the joy of simply mixing everything together and popping it in the oven.

    Yes, my friends, we deserve to have easy, cozy, undemanding days.

    Spoon scooping a serving of this green rice casserole.

    This green rice casserole will make sure you have all that and some more. More when it comes to taste and flexibility. Creamy, cheesy mishmash of just a few things and the goodness of spinach. Try this super duper easy green rice casserole, you are going to love these vintage American flavors.

    Yes, when I say vintage American flavors, this green casserole makes the mark, as you might find this in some old cookbooks dating back to the 1930’s. Whipping up a quick casserole with rice along with whatever was on hand was very common, especially in the south. Earlier they seem to have been made with parsley or various bitter greens, but gradually green peas, broccoli, spinach and green bell peppers started appearing in the pot. This casserole can take any form depending what green veggies would go inside. Whatever you add, when you mix anything with cream and cheeses be assured it’s going to turn up awesome.

    This has every merit to be the yum side dish this upcoming holiday season. Or it would become a complete meal by adding some protein for that easy meal night. Sound good? Let’s see how quick and easy this one is…

    Ingredients for green rice casserole

    Ingredients for this recipe on a white background
    • Cooked Rice – We are using cooked basmati rice, as that’s what we have most often around here. Leftover rice is perfect for this lazy recipe.
    • Spinach – Frozen chopped spinach this time, as the whole idea is to make it easy on you. Just defrost before using.
    • Green bell pepper – Another green vegetable.
    • Scallions – For extra flavors.
    • Garlic – Just a hint.
    • Ricotta – Now you’re talking, baby… yum factor!
    • Sour cream – It’s creamy delicious.
    • Cheese – We are using sharp cheddar today.
    • Salt & Pepper

    Now the easy part, assembling the Green Casserole

    All you are doing is mixing cooked rice with ricotta, sour cream, garlic and most of the cheese. Season it with salt and pepper and mix well. Now add in spinach, chopped bell pepper and scallion and mix well.

    Butter your casserole dish. Scrape the rice mixture into the prepared casserole. Sprinkle the rest of the cheddar cheese and bake in a preheated oven for about half an hour, till the cheese is golden and melting. I told you, super duper easy!

    Cooked green rice casserole in a white cast iron skillet.

    Let it cool a bit and dig in. Marvel at the simple easy delicious creamy cheesy flavors of spinachy goodness. Reminds me of creamed spinach dip.

    Some variations

    1. Try different rice, like long grain or even brown rice.
    2. Try different veggies along with or without spinach like broccoli, peas, corn or mushrooms.
    3. Use your favorite cheese instead of cheddar for a different flavor profile. We tried this with feta and can’t stop polishing it off. It’s almost like Greek spanakopita!
    4. Add leftover rotisserie chicken or some leftover salmon, tuna or even ham to make it a complete meal.

    Storage

    One more bit of good news… This is great make ahead casserole. Just make up this casserole a day ahead of the upcoming holidays, cover and refrigerate, then bake it the next day. One less side dish to worry about on a busy cooking holiday. Once cooked, it refrigerates well for 4-5 days.

    The casserole with a serving scooped out.

    Well, that’s it. I am going to keep it nice and short, as this recipe demands. If you’re searching for some easy side dish or meal, this is it. You can’t get much easier than this green rice casserole! Pin or bookmark this recipe and subscribe to GypsyPlate for lots and lots of delicious easy foods coming your way. Take care…

    Green Rice Casserole, on my Gypsy Plate… enjoy!

    A serving of green rice casserole on the Gypsy Plate.

    Try these other great sides this holiday season:
    Southern Squash Casserole
    Lazy Sweet Potato Mash
    Cherry Tomato Gratin
    Thanksgiving Kale Salad
    Goat Cheese Mashed Potatoes
    Butternut Squash Blossom
    Sweet Potato Casserole
    Succotash

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    Green Rice Casserole

    Yield: 6 servings
    Prep Time: 10 minutes
    Cook Time: 30 minutes
    Total Time: 40 minutes

    This green rice casserole is a great addition to your holiday spread. Creamy, cheesy goodness with spinach and peppers, this might become a new tradition!

    Ingredients

    • 2.5 cups cooked basmati or long grain rice
    • 10 oz frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
    • 1 medium size green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
    • 4 scallions, chopped
    • 2 garlic cloves, minced or finely chopped
    • 1 cup ricotta cheese
    • 2 cups sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
    • 1 cup sour cream
    • Salt to taste
    • Pepper to taste

    Instructions

    1. Pre-heat the oven to 350°F. Butter a 2 quart casserole or cast iron pan and set aside.
    2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the rice, about three-quarters of the cheddar, ricotta, sour cream, and garlic. Season with salt and pepper. Mix till well blended.
    3. Add in spinach, bell pepper, and scallions and mix till well blended.
    4. Scrape the mixture into the prepared casserole. Sprinkle the remaining cheddar cheese evenly over the top and bake till golden, about 30 minutes.
    5. Rest for 5 minutes and serve.

    Notes

    1. This recipe is very flexible. Try experimenting with different veggies, cheeses, or even different types of rice.
    2. You can make this ahead of time to make your holiday easier. Just cover and refrigerate over night, then bake it the next day.
    3. Leftovers can be stored 4-5 days in an airtight container.

    Nutrition Information
    Yield 6 Serving Size 1
    Amount Per Serving Calories 584Total Fat 37gSaturated Fat 21gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 11gCholesterol 110mgSodium 673mgCarbohydrates 36gFiber 2gSugar 3gProtein 28g

    Nutrition information calculated by Nutritionix.

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