Hearty ham, cheese and tomato rice lasagna | Spekko Rice
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Hearty ham, cheese and tomato rice lasagna

Hearty ham, cheese and tomato rice lasagna

  • Serves: 4
  • Difficulty: medium
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Ingredients

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

    To Serve
    Grilled bread slices
    Basil

Method

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

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