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Rice-and-Spinach Gratin with Dill

Randy Mayor
Yield 4 servings (serving size: about 1 1/4 cups)
This simple gratin can be assembled ahead and baked later. I find that combining rice and spinach and binding them with a sauce makes for a substantial main dish.

Ingredients

  • Spinach:
  • 1 (10-ounce) package fresh spinach, chopped (about 4 cups)
  • 2 teaspoons butter
  • 1 cup finely chopped green onions
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • Sauce:
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/4 cup minced onion
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups 2% reduced-fat milk
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon grated whole nutmeg
  • Remaining ingredients:
  • 3 cups hot cooked long-grain rice
  • 1/2 cup part-skim ricotta cheese
  • Cooking spray

Nutrition Information

  • calories 365
  • caloriesfromfat 25 %
  • fat 10.3 g
  • satfat 6.1 g
  • monofat 2.9 g
  • polyfat 0.6 g
  • protein 14.1 g
  • carbohydrate 54.7 g
  • fiber 4.8 g
  • cholesterol 32 mg
  • iron 4.5 mg
  • sodium 650 mg
  • calcium 353 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 400°.

  2. To prepare the spinach, heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add spinach, and cook for 5 minutes or until slightly wilted, stirring frequently. Stir in 2 teaspoons butter and next 4 ingredients (butter through garlic); saute 3 minutes. Spoon spinach mixture into a large bowl; set aside.

  3. To prepare sauce, melt 1 tablespoon butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add minced onion, and cook 3 minutes. Stir in flour. Add milk; stir with a whisk. Bring to a boil; reduce heat, and simmer 20 minutes, stirring frequently. Stir in the salt, pepper, and nutmeg. Add sauce to spinach mixture. Stir in rice and ricotta cheese. Spoon rice mixture into an 11 x 7-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. Bake at 400° for 15 minutes.