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Black Bean + Rice Cheesy Casserole

Active Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Gluten Free
  • Vegetarian
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The trade off for a longer time in the oven is worth it for a quick and easy prep time - and everything is done in a single dish! With its classic flavor combo and cheesy crunchy topping, this casserole is sure to become a family favorite.


  • 1 Yellow Onion
  • 2 cloves Garlic
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper
  • 1 Poblano Pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 teaspoons Dried Oregano
  • 1 teaspoon Ground Cumin
  • 2 teaspoons Kosher Salt
  • 12 cup Orzo Pasta (or see substitutions)
  • 1 cup Basmati Rice (White)
  • 14 cup Tomato Paste
  • 1 15-ounce can Black Beans
  • 212 cups Water
  • 1 Lime (zest and juice)
  • Swiss Cheese (8 slices)
  • 1 Avocado
  • 4 Tablespoons Sour Cream (optional to taste)

Cooking Instructions

  • 2. CHOP + SAUTÉ

    Dice the onion. Mince the garlic. Dice the red bell pepper and poblano.

    In a large oven safe skillet or sauté pan with a tight fitting lid, heat the olive oil over high heat. Add the onion, pepper, and garlic; cook for 4 minutes. Add the 2 teaspoons of oregano, 1 teaspoon cumin, and 2 teaspoons salt, cook for another 2 minutes.


    Move the chicken and vegetables out of the center and add the ½ cup pasta and 1 cup rice, cook 2 minutes until lightly toasted and golden.

    Stir in the tomato paste and cook another minute.

  • 4. WATER

    Drain the can of beans and add them with 2 ½ cups of water and the zest and juice of 1 lime; bring to a boil. Once boiling, stir it well and then use a spatula to press everything nicely into place. Turn the heat to low and cover. Transfer to the oven. Bake for 20 minutes.

  • 5. CHEESE

    Carefully remove the pan from the oven and remove the lid. Cover with the cheese and return to the oven with no cover. Cook until the cheese is melted and bubbly.

  • 6. SERVING

    Top with avocado, sour cream if using, and serve family style. Leftovers are great microwaved.

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    omit pasta and add an additional ½ cup of rice and an additional ½ cup of water to cook
    before adding the cheese, nestle peeled shrimp into the rice, cover with cheese, and a foil tent or a lid and return to oven until shrimp is cooked through
  • ORZO:
    use up whatever random ends of pasta you have! Broken spaghetti, the last of a box of shells, a few lasagna sheets, etc. If the pieces are large, you can put them in a bag and whack them with a rolling pin to break up into orzo size - you can also omit the pasta
    white beans, pinto beans
    omit if preferred or double the bell pepper. Or, add in cherry tomatoes, diced mushrooms, zucchini, or frozen corn or peas for more color and variety
    mozzarella, cheddar, jack, pretty much anything that melts is ok
  • SPICY:
    add diced or pickled jalapeño

Prep Ahead & Use It Up

  1. Prep the veggies


       2. Bake the whole thing – reheat covered for 30 minutes at 350

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