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Hearty ham, cheese and tomato rice lasagna

Hearty ham, cheese and tomato rice lasagna

  • Serves: 6 - 8
  • Difficulty: medium
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Ingredients

    4 cups water
    salt to taste
    1 cup Spekko Long Grain Parboiled Rice
    100 g baby spinach leaves
    2 cups ricotta cheese
    30 ml milk
    1 clove garlic, crushed
    250 ml marinara pasta sauce
    1 ½ cups mozzarella cheese, grated
    1 ½ cups cheddar cheese, grated
    8 rectangular ham slices

    To serve
    grilled bread
    fresh basil

Method

    1. Preheat the oven to 180°C and grease a square baking dish.
    2. Heat 4 cups of water in a pot with salt to taste, add 1 cup of rice and boil uncovered for 5 minutes. Reduce the heat to medium and place the lid on the pot. Simmer for 20 – 25 minutes.
    3. Stir in 1 cup of mozzarella cheese, allow the cheese to melt and set aside.
    4. Mix the baby spinach leaves with the ricotta cheese, milk and garlic until combined, set aside.
    5. Spoon 100 ml of the marinara sauce into the baking dish.
    6. Gently press half of the cooked rice into the dish in an even layer (the rice will absorb the marinara sauce as it bakes).
    7. Sprinkle with ¼ cup mozzarella & ¼ cup grated cheddar cheese. Spread half of the spinach mixture over the cheese
    8. Top with half of the ham slices, overlapping as needed.
    9. Spoon 100 ml marinara sauce over the ham. Repeat the layers, ending with the marinara sauce.
    10. Bake for 20 minutes.
    11. Sprinkle evenly with the remaining cheese and bake for a further 5 – 10 minutes or until bubbly and golden.
    12. Garnish with chopped basil, slice & ENJOY!

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