Oven Baked Rice Casserole Recipe

Oven Baked Rice Casserole Recipe is a meal in itself packed with three different elements layered and baked. Delicious roasted bell pepper rice topped with herbed veggies and a generous topping of a spicy sauce and gooey mozzarella cheese, baked and served piping hot, served for a Sunday brunch is a great option.

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Oven Baked Rice Casserole Recipe
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Oven Baked Rice Casserole Recipe is a lip smacking main course dish. 

The casserole has a layer of this simple herb rice tossed in bell peppers and fresh parsley, the next layer is a medley of various veggies that are pan roasted in olive oil, the third layer is a creamy and spicy sauce made with some garlic, basil and tomatoes, with added richness from the cream and milk. 

These layers are finished off with a generous topping of mozzarella cheese and then baked. 

Makes a perfect weekend meal for your family and friends or great to be served at dinner parties too. 

Serve Oven Baked Rice Casserole Recipe along with Pomegranate Mint Cocktail Recipe followed by a dessert of Greek Yogurt Chocolate Mousse Recipe for a lovely Sunday brunch.

Try our other Continental Recipes: 

  1. Grilled Vegetarian Moussaka Recipe With Soy Granules
  2. Mushroom Stroganoff Recipe
  3. Lebanese Style Caramelized Onion Pilaf with Fried eggs Recipe

Prep in

25 M

Cooks in

45 M

Total in

70 M


6 Servings


    For the Bell Pepper & Parsley Rice
  • 2 teaspoons Olive Oil
  • 4 cloves Garlic , finely chopped
  • 1 Onion , thinly sliced
  • Salt , to taste
  • 1 teaspoon Rosemary , dried
  • 1 cup Rice , washed and soaked
  • 1 tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1 teaspoon Red Chilli flakes
  • 1/3 cup Red Bell pepper (Capsicum) , finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup Yellow Bell Pepper (Capsicum) , finely chopped
  • Salt , to taste
  • 1/3 cup Green Bell Pepper (Capsicum) , finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons Mixed Herbs (Dried)
  • Parsley leaves
  • For the Pan-Roasted Herbed Vegetables
  • 1 tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 2 Carrots (Gajjar) , cut into diagonals
  • 1 Yellow Zucchini , cut into diagonals
  • 1 Green zucchini , cut into diagonals
  • 10 Baby corn , cut into diagonals
  • 1 tablespoon Dry mix herbs
  • For theCreamy Spicy Tomato Garlic Sauce
  • Salt , to taste
  • 1 teaspoon Olive Oil
  • 1 tablespoon Garlic , finely chopped
  • 8 Basil leaves , roughly torn
  • Salt , to taste
  • 3/4 cup Homemade tomato puree
  • 1/2 teaspoon Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Tabasco sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon Paprika powder
  • 1/4 cup Fresh cream
  • 1/2 cup Milk
  • Other Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup Mozzarella cheese

How to make Oven Baked Rice Casserole Recipe

  1. To begin making the Oven Baked Rice Casserole Recipe, we need to make three elements. 

To make the Bell Pepper & Parsley Rice 
  1. In a pressure cooker, heat the olive oil on medium flame, to this add, garlic and saute for 30 seconds. 

  2. To this add the onions, and continue to saute until it turns translucent. This will take about 2-3 minutes. 

  3. Next to this, add salt and dried rosemary, soaked and drained rice, 2 cups of water and close the pressure cooker. 

  4. Pressure cook for 2 whistles and turn off the flame. 

  5. Allow the pressure to release naturally. Once the pressure has released, open the cooker, fluff the rice with the help of a fork and spread the rice in a platter allowing the rice grains to separate and cool down to room temperature. 

  6. Next, in a skillet heat olive oil, add the red chilli flakes, and the three coloured peppers - red, green and yellow. 

  7. Sprinkle salt. 

  8. Saute for 4-5 minutes, until the bell peppers are just about cooked, yet have a bite to them. 

  9. Add the mixed herbs and mix well. Turn off the flame. 

  10. Finally, add these pan roasted peppers over the rice, along with chopped parsley and toss well using a fork and spoon and set aside. 

To make the Pan- roasted Herbed Vegetables 
  1. Heat a pan with olive oil on medium flame, add the vegetables - carrot, babycorn, yellow zucchini and green zucchini and pan roast for 8-10 minutes until the vegetables are cooked yet have a crunch in them. 

  2. Sprinkle some salt and the herbs and mix well and set aside. 

To make the Creamy Spicy Tomato Garlic Sauce 
  1. In a skillet heat olive oil on medium flame, add the garlic and fry till it turns into a deep golden brown. 

  2. Next add the basil leaves, and tomato puree and simmer for a few minutes. 

  3. Add salt to taste, sugar, tabasco sauce and paprika powder and mixed herbs. Bring to a brisk boil. 

  4. Now reduce the flame, add in the cream and milk , bring to a single boil and turn off the flame. Set aside. 

To assemble the Oven Baked Rice Casserole Recipe
  1. Preheat the oven at 200 degree celsius. 

  2. In a deep baking dish, spread a layer of the Bell Pepper & Parsley Rice, then add a layer of the pan roasted herbed vegetables, top it generously with the creamy spicy tomato garlic sauce, sprinkle an even layer of mozzarella cheese. 

  3. Flash bake the casserole in the oven for about 15-18 minutes or until the cheese has turned golden brown to form a crust on the top.  Serve hot. 

  4. Serve Oven Baked Rice Casserole Recipe along with Pomegranate Mint Cocktail Recipe followed by a dessert of Greek Yogurt Chocolate Mousse Recipe for a lovely Sunday brunch. 

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