Vegetable Rice Casserole Recipe

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"This is my family's favorite side dish any tome of year. It's especially good when fresh produce is in season," says Marcia Nelson from Ponca City, Oklahoma. Brown sugar adds a hint of sweetness to the rice and layered vegetables in this colorful casserole.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 1 hour
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 1 hour
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1/4 cup uncooked rice
  • 1 pound zucchini, sliced
  • 1 pound yellow summer squash, sliced
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 3 tablespoons minced fresh basil, divided
  • 1 medium green pepper, julienned
  • 4 celery ribs with leaves, chopped
  • 2 large tomatoes, sliced
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 122 calories, 4g fat (1g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 176mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 3g fiber), 2g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 vegetable, 1/2 starch, 1/2 fat.


  1. Spread the rice into a 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish coated with cooking spray. Layer with zucchini, yellow squash, onion and half of the basil; top with green pepper, celery and tomatoes. Combine the brown sugar, salt and pepper; sprinkle over vegetables. Drizzle with oil. Cover and bake at 350° for 1 hour or until tender. Sprinkle with remaining basil. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Vegetable Rice Casserole in Light & Tasty August/September 2003, p22

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Millie28 User ID: 2220900 70257
Reviewed Apr. 14, 2014

"Enjoyed this easy dish. Adapted it for the stovetop as I did not want to use the oven and heat up the house. I used a can of diced tomatoes but everything else was as written. Served it with chicken but it would be good with anything."

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