Baked Rice with Spinach and Cheese

This is a versatile and delicious side dish.

Serves: 6Hands-on: 15 minutesTotal: 1 hour 10 minutesDifficulty: Easy

Serves: 6


  • 1 1⁄2 cups uncooked white rice
  • 1 large bunch fresh spinach, stems trims and rinsed well
  • 1 large yellow onion, peeled and finely chopped
  • 2 Tbsp. butter
  • 1 1⁄2 cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 1⁄4 tsp. garlic salt
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1⁄2 cup milk
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 1⁄2 tsp. ground black pepper


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Add the rice to 3 cups water in a medium-sized pot. Cover, bring to a boil, and cook for 5 minutes. Turn the heat to low, cover, and simmer for 20 minutes or until the rice is tender.
  • Meanwhile, bring 1 cup of water to boil in a large skillet. Add spinach, cover, and cook on low heat until the spinach has wilted, about 3 minutes. Drain, press out the water and roughly chop.
  • In a large skillet over medium-high heat, melt butter; add the onion and cook, stirring often until soft and transparent, about 7 minutes. Off heat, stir in the rice, spinach, cheese, and the garlic salt; mix well.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, salt, and pepper. Add the rice mixture, stir well, and pour into the prepared baking dish.
  • Bake, uncovered, for 30 minutes.