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Cheesy Zucchini Rice Casserole

Total Time

Prep: 30 min. Bake: 35 min.

Makes

12 servings

Cheese is one of the major agricultural products in our area of northern California. A colleague gave me this recipe a number of years ago, and it's always a hit at potluck dinners.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup uncooked long grain rice
  • 3 medium zucchini, cut into 1/8-inch slices
  • 1 can (4 ounces) chopped green chilies
  • 4 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese, divided
  • 2 cups sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons chopped green pepper
  • 2 tablespoons chopped onion
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 large tomato, sliced

Directions

  1. Cook rice according to package directions. In a large saucepan, cook zucchini in 1/2 in. of water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 3-5 minutes or until zucchini is crisp-tender; drain and set aside.
  2. Place rice in a greased shallow 3-qt. baking dish. Layer with chilies and 1-1/2 cups cheese. In a large bowl, combine the sour cream, green pepper, onion, parsley, salt and oregano. Spread over cheese. Layer with zucchini and tomato. Sprinkle with remaining cheese.
  3. Cover and bake at 350° for 30 minutes. Uncover; bake 5-10 minutes longer or until heated through and cheese is melted.

Nutrition Facts

3/4 cup: 290 calories, 18g fat (12g saturated fat), 60mg cholesterol, 460mg sodium, 17g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 1g fiber), 12g protein.

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