Tonight You Should Have Cheesy Rice Marinara


Cheesy Rice Marinara Recipe


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium Onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 cups cooked rice
  • 1 cup part skim ricotta cheese
  • 2/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil leaves
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 14-ounce jar prepared spaghetti sauce
  • 1 cup chopped fresh spinach or one 10-ounce package frozen spinach, thawed
  • 1 cup grated mozzarella Cheese
  • Vegetable cooking spray


  1. Heat oil in medium-size skillet.
  2. Saute Onion and garlic in oil 2 to 3 minutes or until Onion is translucent.
  3. Remove from heat, stir in rice; set aside.
  4. Combine ricotta cheese, 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese, egg, parsley, basil, salt and pepper in large bowl. Stir until smooth.
  5. Add onions and rice.
  6. Spread layer of spaghetti sauce on bottom of 8x8-inch or 9x9-inch baking pan coated with vegetable spray.
  7. Top sauce with alternating layers of ricotta cheese mixture, spinach and mozzarella Cheese finishing with
  8. remaining spaghetti sauce.
  9. Sprinkle top with remaining 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese.
  10. Bake covered at 400 degrees 30 to 40 minutes.
  11. Remove cover during last 10 minutes to achieve even browning.


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