Cheesy Vegetable Rice Casserole

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Delicious easy, creamy casserole with budget-friendly frozen vegetables, healthy brown rice, cream of mushroom soup, and tons of melted cheese – topped with a crunchy cornflake topping!

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Crunchy Creamy Rice and Vegetable Casserole

This recipe is a simple, easy-to-whip-up weeknight dinner – it’s meat-free and really inexpensive – and it’s totally full of rich comfort food flavor. You can customize it however you’d like with more vegetables, different vegetables, or different rice/soups – the sky is the limit!

This recipe was designed to be incredibly budget-friendly – we’re using frozen vegetables, condensed soup, cornflakes, shredded cheese, and rice – but is packed with flavor.

It is crunchy, creamy, cheesy – and gets kids eating veggies, without complaints! We’re also using brown rice, for additional fiber and health benefits. While we’re using lots of gooey melted cheese and creamy condensed cream of mushroom soup, you can use dairy-free alternatives if you’d like, to make this recipe completely vegan!

We hope you love this recipe as much as we do.

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How to Make Cheesy Vegetable Rice Casserole

To make this recipe, you will need the following ingredients:

  • Cream of Mushroom Soup: The creamy base of the casserole, it adds richness and a savory flavor that binds everything together.
  • Vegetable Stock: Provides additional moisture and enhances the overall vegetable flavor in the casserole.
  • Frozen Vegetables: These add a medley of colorful and nutritious vegetables to the dish. You can use various blends like peas, carrots, corn, and green beans.
  • Italian Herbs Seasoning: A blend of herbs like basil, oregano, and thyme infuses the casserole with aromatic Italian flavors.
  • Garlic Salt: Adds a savory and slightly garlicky note to the dish, enhancing the overall taste.
  • Shredded Cheddar Cheese: Creates a creamy and cheesy layer on top of the casserole while adding a delightful melt-in-your-mouth texture.
  • Cooked Rice: Serves as the hearty base of the casserole, providing a satisfying and filling element to the dish.
  • Cornflakes: adds a delicious, crispy crunch to the top – you can use breadcrumbs or ritz crackers, too!

Once you’ve gathered your ingredients, we will use the following process:

  • Prep. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and grease a 9×13-inch baking dish. In a large mixing bowl, combine the cream of mushroom soup and vegetable stock. Stir until well blended. Add the thawed and drained frozen vegetables to the soup mixture. Mix to combine. Sprinkle the Italian herbs seasoning and garlic salt over the vegetable mixture. Stir to evenly distribute the seasonings. Gently fold in the shredded cheddar cheese until it’s well incorporated. Finally, add the cooked brown or long-grain rice to the mixture and stir until everything is evenly coated.
  • Top. Transfer the mixture to the prepared baking dish, spreading it out evenly.
  • Bake. Cover the baking dish with aluminum foil and bake in the preheated oven for about 30 minutes. This allows the casserole to heat through and the flavors to meld. After 30 minutes, remove the foil and bake for an additional 10-15 minutes or until the top is golden and bubbling.
  • Cool. Once the casserole is done, remove it from the oven and let it cool for a few minutes before serving.
  • Enjoy! Serve your Cheesy Vegetable Rice Casserole as a delicious side dish or a comforting main course.
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Tips and Tricks to Perfect Cheesy Vegetable Rice Casserole

Cream of Mushroom Soup: The creamy base of the casserole, it adds richness and a savory flavor that binds everything together.

Vegetable Stock: Provides additional moisture and enhances the overall vegetable flavor in the casserole.

Frozen Vegetables: These add a medley of colorful and nutritious vegetables to the dish. You can use various blends like peas, carrots, corn, and green beans.

Italian Herbs Seasoning: A blend of herbs like basil, oregano, and thyme infuses the casserole with aromatic Italian flavors.

Garlic Salt: Adds a savory and slightly garlicky note to the dish, enhancing the overall taste.

Shredded Cheddar Cheese: Creates a creamy and cheesy layer on top of the casserole while adding a delightful melt-in-your-mouth texture.

Cooked Rice: Serves as the hearty base of the casserole, providing a satisfying and filling element to the dish.

FAQs

Can I use other types of rice?

Yes, you can use different varieties of rice like white rice, jasmine rice, or basmati rice. Adjust the cooking time according to the type of rice you choose.

Can I make this casserole in advance?

Yes, you can assemble the casserole ahead of time and refrigerate it. When you’re ready to bake it, simply remove it from the fridge and bake as directed, possibly adding a few extra minutes to account for the chilled ingredients.

Can I freeze this casserole?

Yes, you can freeze Cheesy Vegetable and Rice Casserole. To freeze, wrap it tightly with plastic wrap and aluminum foil, or use an airtight container. Label with the date and reheat in the oven when you’re ready to enjoy it. Frozen casseroles can be stored for up to 3 months.

How do I prevent the casserole from becoming too dry?

Ensure that you use enough liquid (such as cream of mushroom soup and vegetable stock) and don’t overcook the rice. Covering the casserole while baking can also help retain moisture.

Can I make it gluten-free?

Yes, you can make a gluten-free version by using a gluten-free cream of mushroom soup and checking that your other ingredients, like the seasonings and cheese, are gluten-free as well.

What can I serve with Cheesy Vegetable and Rice Casserole?

This casserole can be a complete meal on its own, but you can pair it with a simple green salad or steamed vegetables for a well-rounded dinner.

Can I customize the vegetables in the casserole?

Absolutely! Feel free to use your favorite vegetables or what’s in season. You can also add extras like diced bell peppers, sliced mushrooms, or spinach.

How do I reheat leftovers?

To reheat individual servings, microwave them for a minute or two until heated through. For larger portions, cover the casserole with foil and warm it in a preheated oven at 350°F (175°C) until hot.

Can I make this casserole dairy-free?

Yes, you can use dairy-free cheese alternatives and substitute dairy-free milk for regular milk to make this casserole dairy-free.

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What to Serve With Cheesy Vegetable and Rice Casserole

Green Salad: A crisp and refreshing green salad with a light vinaigrette dressing can balance the richness of the casserole.

Grilled Chicken: Add some protein to your meal with grilled or baked chicken breasts or thighs seasoned with your favorite herbs and spices.

Roasted Vegetables: Roasted vegetables such as carrots, broccoli, or asparagus seasoned with olive oil, herbs, and a dash of salt and pepper make for a nutritious side.

Garlic Bread: Warm garlic bread or garlic knots are perfect for sopping up the creamy sauce and adding a delightful crunch to your meal.

Steamed Vegetables: A medley of steamed vegetables like green beans, cauliflower, and carrots can provide additional color and nutrition to your plate.

Mixed Fruit Salad: A light and refreshing mixed fruit salad offers a sweet contrast to the savory casserole. Consider using seasonal fruits.

Tomato Soup: A bowl of tomato soup, either homemade or store-bought, pairs well with the casserole and makes for a comforting combination.

Dinner Rolls: Soft dinner rolls or breadsticks are excellent for complementing the creamy and cheesy texture of the casserole.

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Cheesy Vegetable Rice Casserole

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Crunchy, creamy, cheesy and budget-friendly casserole loaded with vegetables, brown rice, and crunchy cornflake topping!

Ingredients

  • 1 can (10.5 oz) cream of mushroom soup
  • 6 oz vegetable stock
  • 1 pound frozen vegetables, thawed and drained
  • 1 teaspoon Italian herbs seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 3 cups cooked brown or long-grain rice
  • 1 1/2 cups cornflakes

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and grease a 9x13-inch baking dish.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the cream of mushroom soup and vegetable stock. Stir until well blended.
  3. Add the thawed and drained frozen vegetables to the soup mixture. Mix to combine.
  4. Sprinkle the Italian herbs seasoning and garlic salt over the vegetable mixture. Stir to evenly distribute the seasonings.
  5. Gently fold in the shredded cheddar cheese until it's well incorporated.
  6. Finally, add the cooked brown or long-grain rice to the mixture and stir until everything is evenly coated.
  7. Transfer the mixture to the prepared baking dish, spreading it out evenly. Top with cornflakes.
  8. Cover the baking dish with aluminum foil and bake in the preheated oven for about 30 minutes. This allows the casserole to heat through and the flavors to meld.
  9. After 30 minutes, remove the foil and bake for an additional 10-15 minutes or until the top is golden and bubbling.
  10. Once the casserole is done, remove it from the oven and let it cool for a few minutes before serving.
  11. Serve your Cheesy Vegetable Rice Casserole as a delicious side dish or a comforting main course.
Nutrition Information
Yield 6 Serving Size 1/2 cup
Amount Per Serving Calories 299Total Fat 10gSaturated Fat 5gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 5gCholesterol 23mgSodium 939mgCarbohydrates 39gFiber 4gSugar 6gProtein 11g

Nutrition is automatically calculated by Nutritionix - please verify all nutrition information independently and consult with a doctor or nutritionist for any and all medical and diet advice.

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