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Southwestern Rice Casserole Recipe

“We really enjoy this hearty dish,” says Betty Claycomb of Alverton, Pennsylvania. “Just add a side salad for a nutritious, complete meal.”
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 30 min. YIELD:8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1-2/3 cups uncooked long grain rice
  • 3-1/3 cups water
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 small green pepper, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 can (15 ounces) garbanzo beans or chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (2-1/4 ounces) sliced ripe olives, drained
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese, divided
  • 1 cup reduced-fat ricotta cheese
  • 1/4 cup reduced-fat sour cream
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 cup salsa

Directions

  • 1. In a large saucepan, bring rice and water to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 15-18 minutes or until water is absorbed and rice is tender.
  • 2. In a large nonstick saucepan, saute onion and green pepper in oil until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Remove from the heat; stir in the beans, olives and rice. In a small bowl, combine 1-1/2 cups cheddar cheese, ricotta cheese, sour cream and chili powder.
  • 3. Spoon half of the rice mixture into a 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish coated with cooking spray; layer with half of the cheese mixture and salsa. Repeat layers.
  • 4. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 25 minutes. Sprinkle with remaining cheddar cheese. Bake 3-5 minutes longer or until heated through and cheese is melted. Yield: 8 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving equals 348 calories, 11 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 30 mg cholesterol, 506 mg sodium, 46 g carbohydrate, 5 g fiber, 15 g protein.