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Spinach Rice Casserole

Recipe Name: 
Spinach Rice Casserole
Picture: 
Spinach rice casserole
Description: 

An easy baked side dish of spinach, rice, and cheese

Yield: 

4-6 servings

Ingredients: 

9 or 10 ounces fresh spinach leaves
1 tablespoon water
1 teaspoon dried onion (or 2 tablespoons of fresh, minced onion)
1 cup cooked rice (measurement is after cooking, not before)
1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
1/3 cup milk
2 eggs, beaten
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce, optional

Instructions: 

1. Place spinach and water in a large pan or skillet. Cover and cook over medium-low heat until spinach leaves wilt.

2. In a large mixing bowl, combine all other ingredients. Add the wilted spinach and stir. Pour into a greased 8x8-inch square baking dish.

3. Bake at 325 degrees for 35-40 minutes, until set in the middle. (Test with fork.)

To freeze this casserole: Freeze (uncooked) instead of baking. Thaw and bake, or bake from frozen, covered, for about 60 minutes at 325 degrees, or until hot and set.

Spinach rice casserole recipe

Spinach Rice Casserole
Additional Notes: 

Original recipe taken from a bag of Fresh Express (brand) spinach. Directions and photos are mine, of course. :)

Spinach Rice Casserole

This recipe was included in my freezer meal plan of main dishes when preparing for the birth of my fourth child. Read my update on how this recipe and the others turned out after freezing!

Preparation Time: 

20 minutes

Cooking Time: 

35-40 minutes

Tammy's Review: 

I really enjoyed this easy, healthy casserole! It reminded me of a broccoli-cheese casserole.

I do like spinach, but I don't like meals that are ONLY spinach and no other flavors. While I could definitely taste the spinach in this dish, there was a great balance of cheese and rice.

I'm not sure how necessary the Worcestershire sauce is; it did give a unique flavor, though next time I think I will at least cut the amount of that in half. This recipe is good, but I think it could be even better. I'll edit/update if I find a better way of seasoning it! :) My rating: 7.5/10.

Edited to add: I now leave out the Worcestershire sauce, and I think it's better that way! I also just use whatever cheese I have handy, usually mozzarella. Delicious! I upgrade my rating to a "10"! :)

Average vote based on 14 reviews.
9.4
out of 10
User Reviews
9
out of 10
Pretty good!

This was a wonderful meal! I had some leftovers, so the next morning I warmed it in the microwave and put a couple of fried eggs on top. The runny yolk mixed with the cheesy rice and spinach made a very filling and satisfying breakfast! ...especially since I like savory breakfasts :)



8
out of 10
Pleasantly Surprised

I had a bag of fresh spinach that I had nothing to do with. I bought it for my hamster, but she's one little ol' hamster, so I knew that she wouldn't go through the entire bag on her own! So, a bit hesitant as I've never liked spinach (mind you, before now I'd only ever tried canned and frozen), I got online and started looking for recipes. Most of them called for many ingredients that I did not have and I was beginning to give up hope. Until I found this little gem. I saw cheese and I knew I had to try it. I was still a bit leery, but I gave it a go. I cut the recipe in half a bit as I wasn't sure if the family and I would even like it. I, also, had no milk on hand so had to omit it. So, I feel it didn't have the texture as it is pictured here. Still, it tasted great. Fresh spinach has a certain smell while it's cooking that I actually enjoyed. The taste was great. The cheese and the eggs compliment the spinach, and the spinach, cheese, and eggs give the rice a taste other than bland. I served it with chicken and frozen mixed vegetables. This was day one of me trying to eat healthier. I recommend this one for anyone with family members that usually refuse spinach. Even I ate this one up and went back for seconds.



10
out of 10
Yummy!

Ok it appealed to me and I'm chicken I've never worked with spinach except the frozen kind and it was blah. So it took me about 4-6 mths before I got up the courage to pick up fresh spinach and 2-3 days before I finally (today) made this recipe but because I am who I am I tweaked it. (Sorry) I wanted it as a main course so I used my crockpot chicken leftover diced and then I also used 2 cups cooked rice, 2/3 c Milk, 2 Tsp Worchestershire, 3 eggs 2 c Cheese shredded, sauted onion and then cooked spinach like mentioned. I only did half the spinach and then realized how little it ended up being so after sauteing onions added the whole container of spinach and it ended up being perfect amount because I also used a 9x13 pan to cook. I was apprehensive as always when I tweak a recipe to my standards. But oh my good golly gosh it was yummy! I even had told my mom about what I was cooking and then proceeded (after cooked) to text her and in all caps "YUMMY! :) Thanks for the recipe I'm excited to try more spinach type recipes. Oh and my 13mth old loved it as well as the 4 yr old. Waiting for hubby to get home to try it. He'll probably ruin it with Rooster Sauce but thats him. :)



9
out of 10
Loved it!

I really enjoyed this recipe! Admiteddly, I'm not a huge spinach fan, but since it is a powerhouse of nutrition, I love to incorporate into my cooking where possible.
Some of my changes include:
* Using a frozen pack of chopped spinach (250g for metric users)
* I put the spinach in the food processor to make it easier for the kids to eat
* I added a splash of soy sauce for flavouring
* I used quite a bit more rice. probably another cup.
* I added some extra cheese and breadcrumbs on top
* I baked for 25 minutes in a fan forced oven.

It turned out wonderful. Like a cheesey ricey type of quiche. Was more solid the next day. I loved it. The kids ate it begrudgingly, but ate it anyway.



10
out of 10
Yum - Win!

So simple, so tasty.
I did use Worcestershire and I am glad I did, even though I doubted it when I mixed it in, it was a lighter flavor after it was baked and I really liked it.
Husband really liked it, too, and suggested using another egg, so I'll try that next time.
I can see adding tuna or chicken to this, or just having different foods on the side, like you said.
I am thrilled to have these ready made in my freezer, especially for postpartum.
This really hit the spot today, too, while I am 12 weeks pregnant and managing 'random-sickness'. ;)
Thank you, Tammy for this lifelong, any time of day, satisfying, healthy, and convenient meal!!!
Your son in the video is precious*



10
out of 10
Nice variety

This was very good and so easy to make. It's very "spinach-y", which we liked, and a nice variety to the usual meals and casseroles I make.



10
out of 10
A new favorite

I made this last night and it was greeted with a big thumbs up from everyone! I am not a big cooked spinach fan but this might just win me over! I did use real onions and I used 2 cups of rice and omitted the Worcestershire sauce. Great recipe!



10
out of 10
Healthy Recipe!

I used brown rice and reduced fat sharp cheddar cheese, sauteed 'real' onions and the result...we loved it! Thanks so much for sharing. Paired this with a garden salad and a crockpot cherry crisp recipe (also healthy) for a really nice dinner menu.



10
out of 10
Tasty Remix

This dish is popular in my house. Tonight I made a yummy additition of sauteed mushrooms! It was very good. Does anyone know if this dish freezes well? (Either uncooked or cooked)



8
out of 10
Good

We all enjoy this dish. It makes a really nice light lunch with a side salad. I do not use the Worcestershire and sometimes add lemon pepper which gives it an interesting twist. I have also added fresh mushrooms, and that was good too. I could see maybe experimenting with other veggies (like peppers) at some point too. Overall, very good.



9
out of 10
Very good!

I fixed this today for the first time for guests. I doubled the recipe and added chopped, cooked chicken breast to make it into the main dish. I didn't have fresh spinach, so I used frozen. I used onion powder for half the suggested amount of dried onions and did a combination of cheddar and Colby Jack for the cheese. After reading the comments on seasoning, I used seasoning salt, halved the "rooster" sauce amount (that's what we call it in our home), and added fresh ground black pepper. Everyone seemed to like it!



10
out of 10
A favorite

In our house. We omit the worcestersire sauce too. Great meal. I usually double the recipe and make it the "main" part of the meal with something small on the side.



9
out of 10
This was good

And surpisingly, my child who doesnt like spinach ate this up and asked for seconds!



9
out of 10
A few changes and...

This was delicious!

I doubled the recipe, but only used 3 eggs, used about 1/2 cup more rice than called for, and used Braggs Liquid Aminos (or soy sauce) instead of Worcestershire sauce.

It turned out very yummy and my hubby loved it, but he is also a huge cooked spinach fan..so that helped. The children liked it, although it wasn't their "favorite" as they would say :).

Thanks for the easy, healthy, and inexpensive recipe :)