Baby Spinach and Red Pepper Rice

Baby Spinach and Red Pepper Rice Recipe
This is a delicious take on risotto, made completely in the microwave.


Makes 4 to 6 servings

Recipe from

Southern Living Food for Today

Recipe Time

Prep: 10 Minutes
Other Time: 23 Minutes


1/2 cup finely chopped sweet onion
2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 garlic clove, minced
1 cup MAHATMA Extra Long Grain White Rice
2 3/4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
1/4 cup dry white wine
1/2 cup (2 oz.) shredded Italian six-cheese blend
1/4 to 1/2 cup low-sodium chicken broth
Salt and pepper to taste
1/2 cup jarred chopped roasted red bell peppers
3 cups firmly packed fresh baby spinach


1. Stir together first 4 ingredients in a medium-size microwave-safe bowl. Microwave at HIGH 3 minutes. Stir in rice, and microwave at HIGH 2 minutes.

2. Stir in 2 3/4 cups broth and 1/4 cup wine. Cover tightly with plastic wrap. (Do not vent.) Microwave at HIGH 9 minutes. Carefully swirl bowl without uncovering (to incorporate the mixture), and microwave at HIGH 8 minutes. Carefully remove and discard plastic wrap. Stir in cheese and 1/4 cup chicken broth, stirring 30 seconds to 1 minute or until creamy. Add up to 1/4 cup additional broth, 1 Tbsp. at a time, for desired consistency. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

3. Stir in red peppers and spinach, and microwave at HIGH 1 minute or until spinach is wilted.

Note: We tested with a 1,100-watt microwave oven and a 1 1/2-liter glass bowl. We found that press-and-seal plastic wrap will not work in this application.

March 2010
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