Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Prepare rice per package instructions.
Combine cooked rice with all other ingredients, reserving 1/2 cup of grated cheese for garnish. Mix with large spoon until ingredients are evenly distributed.
Spray 1 1/2 quart casserole pan with Pam or other cooking spray.
Spoon mixed ingredients into greased casserole pan and sprinkle remaining grated cheese of the top.
Bake uncovered in 350 degree oven for approximately 30 minutes, or until cheese begins to bubble.
Optional: Take out of oven when ready and let stand for 3-5 minutes before serving.
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