Rice Florentine

Easy to make — and quick to disappear — you’ll want to keep our recipe for Rice Florentine handy! A delicious combination of Minute® Instant White Rice, spinach, creamy sauce and cheese, this tempting side is always a winner.

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Cooking time PREP TIME 7 mins
Cooking time COOK TIME 5 mins
Servings SERVES 4-6
Ready in TOTAL TIME 12 mins
Cooking time
PREP TIME 7 mins
Cooking time
COOK TIME 5 mins
Ready in
TOTAL TIME 12 mins


  • 1 1/2 cups 2% milk
  • 1 pkg (9.5 oz) frozen, creamed spinach, thawed
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • pinch nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 cups Minute® White Rice
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided


  • A dish that comes together in minutes, our Rice Florentine is as easy to make as it is satisfying to eat. Serve this alongside your favorite protein or enjoy it as a comforting, meatless meal.

    Step 1

  • Combine milk, spinach, black pepper and nutmeg in a saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 5 minutes.

    Step 2

  • Stir in rice; cover. Remove from heat. Let stand 5 minutes.

    Step 3

  • Stir in 2 tablespoons of the cheese. Serve rice with remaining cheese sprinkled over top.

How to Grate Parmesan in Less than One Minute

Begin by cutting a wedge of your preferred Parmesan cheese. Make numerous cubes of cheese. No specific knife expertise is required!

Toss the cubes into the blender and pulse until the cheese is broken down into your desired size. That’s it. No special equipment or hand grating that wedge of Parmesan.

If you have any leftover grated Parmesan you can store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to seven days. Try some out in our Garlic Parmesan Rice Bowl or our Chicken Parmesan Risotto.

What Else Can You Do With Spinach?

Put it on pizza: Who said pizza can’t be nutritious? With spinach on top, it can be. What’s more, is that when cooked on a layer of hot cheese and tomato, the combo is mouth watering. Spinach is also filling, which is another great benefit. 

Use it for salad: You don’t necessarily need lettuce for your salad, as fresh spinach leaves are a great alternative. For a quick and simple, yet tasty, salad, combine spinach leaves with veggies, chopped nuts and little chunks of cheese. For some lean protein, you can also include cottage cheese, Greek yogurt or tofu. Then, pour on some olive oil, vinegar and lemon juice. Looking for more ideas? Try our Spinach and Salmon Salad or Citrus Spinach and Rice Salad. 

Stir it into stews, stir-fries, and soups: Stirring spinach into one of these comforting dishes adds thickness as well as nutrients to the mix. Fresh spinach leaves make a fine accompaniment to Thai chicken with noodles, vegetable soup or white bean stew. Try them in our Spinach and Bacon Casserole or Chicken and Spinach Risotto.

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