Slow-Cooker Spinach & Rice

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Cook: 3 hours + standing


8 servings

Updated: Jul. 24, 2023
I started making this in the slow cooker to save oven space during the holidays. It's so convenient that I no longer reserve it for special occasions! —Erica Polly, Sun Prairie, Wisconsin
Slow-Cooker Spinach & Rice Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 4 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 packages (10 ounces each) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cups uncooked converted rice
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese


  1. In a large saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Add onion; cook and stir 4-6 minutes or until tender. Add garlic and thyme; cook 1 minute longer. Add broth; bring to a simmer. Remove from heat. Stir in spinach, cream cheese, salt and pepper until blended. Transfer to a 4-qt. slow cooker. Stir in rice.
  2. Cook, covered, 3-4 hours or until rice is tender and liquid is absorbed, stirring halfway through cooking. Remove insert; top with cheddar cheese. Let stand, covered, 20 minutes. Top with bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese.

Nutrition Facts

1 serving: 488 calories, 25g fat (14g saturated fat), 71mg cholesterol, 1016mg sodium, 48g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 3g fiber), 19g protein.