Pumpkin and Spinach Layered Rice Casserole

This Italian-inspired rice casserole is layered with creamy pumpkin rice and cheesy spinach for a holiday-worthy casserole that everyone will love.

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Cooking time PREP TIME 10 mins
Cooking time COOK TIME 50 mins
Servings SERVES 4
Ready in TOTAL TIME 1 hr (+ 5 mins Standing Time)
Cooking time
PREP TIME 10 mins
Cooking time
COOK TIME 50 mins
Servings
SERVES 4
Ready in
TOTAL TIME 1 hr (+ 5 mins Standing Time)

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Minute® Instant Jasmine Rice
  • 1/2 can (14 oz can) pumpkin purée
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tbsp butter, cut into cubes
  • 1 1/4 tsp salt, divided
  • 1 1/4 tsp black pepper, divided
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 5 oz spinach
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded and divided
  • 3/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated and divided

Instructions

  • Looking for a filling feast with fall flavors? It doesn’t get much creamier than combining sweet pumpkin puree with three gooey cheeses! Fold in a protein-rich egg, some fresh spinach, and fluffy Jasmine Rice for a truly satisfying meal.

    Step 1

  • Prepare rice according to package directions.

    Step 2

  • Stir in pumpkin purée, cream, butter, 1/2 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp pepper; set aside.

    Step 3

  • Preheat oven to 375°F. Meanwhile, heat oil in large skillet set over medium heat; add spinach and garlic; cook for 2 to 4 mins or until wilted. Let cool completely; squeeze out excess moisture. Season with 1/4 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp pepper.

    Step 4

  • In medium bowl, combine ricotta, egg and spinach. Stir in 1 cup mozzarella, 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese and remaining salt and pepper.

    Step 5

  • Layer half of the rice mixture in greased 8-inch square baking dish. Top with spinach mixture, then top with remaining rice mixture. Sprinkle with remaining mozzarella and Parmesan.

    Step 6

  • Cover with foil; bake for 30 mins. Remove foil; bake for 15 to 20 mins or until golden brown and bubbling.

    Recipe Tips

    Substitute Fontina for mozzarella cheese if desired.

    Garnish with parsley if desired.

Get Compliments for the Complements

No matter if you’re planning the entire menu or just looking for another dish to bring along to Thanksgiving dinner, you’ll want to complete the meal with plates that pair well with this fall favorite.

Starters

Balance this rich casserole with a light salad – packed with tart pomegranate seeds, peppery leafy greens, and fragrant jasmine, a Pomegranate and Arugula Rice Salad is the perfect pairing!

Sides

And let’s not forget about another Thanksgiving favorite; satisfy your stuffing fix but mix it up with a new recipe. Our Cranberry Pecan Brown Rice Stuffing, tossed with celery, shallots and poultry seasoning is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser!

Sweets

For a classic holiday dessert, our tempting Apple Cinnamon Rice Crisp never ceases to please. Only 10 of the 30 minutes is prep work – so you can go spend that time with your guests while your home fills up with those irresistible fall aromas. If you´re looking for a quick fix, this creamy Pumpkin Pie Rice Pudding can be finished in 5 minutes flat.

Family or Freezer

While this casserole can be served as a standalone filling family dinner or a hearty holiday side, it’s equally perfect to prepare for/as meal prep. Meal Ideas For One aren’t limited to single serving recipes: simplify your life by learning proper ways to Meal Prep.

Keep portioned leftovers into freezer-safe containers for up to a month, just transfer the single-serving meal to the fridge the night before! Whether it’s a convenient grab-and-go lunch or an awaiting homestyle dinner after a long day, this casserole will not disappoint!

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