Pumpkin and Spinach Layered Rice Casserole

Layered with creamy pumpkin rice and cheesy spinach, everyone will love this Italian-inspired, holiday-worthy casserole.

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Pumpkin and Spinach Layered Rice Casserole

Cooking time PREP TIME 10 mins
Cooking time COOK TIME 50 mins
Servings SERVES 4-6
Ready in TOTAL TIME 1 hr (+ 5 mins cooling time)
Cooking time
PREP TIME 10 mins
Cooking time
COOK TIME 50 mins
Ready in
TOTAL TIME 1 hr (+ 5 mins cooling time)


  • 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 shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided


  • Looking for a filling feast with fall flavors? It doesn’t get much creamier than combining sweet pumpkin purée 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, and cook for 2-4 minutes or until wilted. Allow to cool completely. Squeeze out excess moisture, and season with 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.

    Step 4

  • In a 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 a 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 minutes. Remove foil; bake for 15-20 minutes, or until golden brown and bubbling. Cool for 5 minutes before serving.

    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.


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Family or Freezer

While this casserole can be served as a standalone 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 in freezer-safe containers for up to one month. Just transfer the single-serving meal to the fridge the night before! Whether it’s a convenient grab-and-go lunch or a homestyle dinner waiting for you after a long day, this casserole will not disappoint! For another option, try our easy Cheesy Chicken and Rice Recipe with Broccoli.

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