Cheesy Summer Squash Rice Recipe

I used to be a huge fan of boxed Rice a Roni. Once I started food blogging, I gained so much knowledge about pre-packaged foods and what's in them, so I decided to try and make almost everything from scratch. I've previously made homemade Chicken "Rice a Roni", so this time I wanted something very different. This side dish is perfect for kids because the grated squash is hidden in the rice and noodles, so they don't even know their eating it. I really loved the flavors and how this turned out. It's a great way to use up all of the extra squash and zucchini everyone has right now. Enjoy you will like this one!!

 Cheesy Summer Squash Rice (print recipe)

What you need:
2 tablespoons butter
3/4 cups jasmine rice
1/2 cup thin noodles (found in the Mexican section)
2 cups chicken broth or veggie broth
2/3 cup milk
1/2 cup onion, finely diced
1 1/2 cups summer squash or zucchini, grated
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, minced 
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
salt and pepper (if desired)

In a large frying pan, melt butter and saute rice and noodles on medium high heat for about 5 minutes or until it starts browning. Add broth, milk, onion, squash and parsley, bring to a boil. Cover and reduce heat to medium low and simmer for about 20 minutes or until rice is cooked and liquid is reduced, stirring occasionally. Add cheddar within the last few minutes of cooking and stir to melt and mix the cheese. Remove from heat and serve! 

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This recipe was shared at:
Meatless Monday at Healthy Mommy, Healthy Baby
Ultimate Beans and Rice Linky at Meet Penny
Fresh Produce Tuesday at 2 Sisters 2 Cities
Foodie Friday at Simple Living
Weekend Potluck at Sunflower Supper Club
Foodie Friends Friday at A Lil Country Sugar
Thursday's Treasures at Recipes For My Boys
Creative Thursday at Michelle's Tasty Creations
Fantastic Thursday at Five Little Chefs
Full Plate Thursday at Miz Helen's Country Cottage
Cast Party at Lady Behind the Curtain
Whatcha Whipped Up Wednesday at DJ's Sugar Shack
Totally Tasty Tuesdays at Mandy's Recipe Box
All My Bloggy Friends at Love Bakes Good Cakes
Tuesday Talent Show at Chef in Training
Manic Monday at Bobbi's Kozy Kitchen
Makin You Crave Monday at Mrs Happy Homemaker
Mix it Up MOnday at Flour Me With Love
Mealtime Monday at Couponing and Cooking
Church Supper at Everyday Mom's Meals


  1. What a lovely recipe! I'm always looking for new ways to cook with squashes and zucchinis. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Your welcome!! I am always looking for new recipes too! Thanks for all the kind comments!

  2. I make something similar to this using rice only - as a way to get more veggies into my kiddos :) I'll have to try it with the noodles, too! Thank you for sharing at All my Bloggy Friends this week! Have a great weekend!

    1. Thanks so much for hosting Jamie!! I love the addition of the noodles!

  3. Hi Sheena,
    We have so many wonderful squash from the garden right now, this is a great recipe for us to try. Hope you are having a great week and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  4. I need to pin this recipe because I can't eat the box rice mixes anymore! Great recipe! Thanks again for sharing at Foodie Friends Friday!

    1. I can't eat the boxed mixes anymore either! This is a great replacement!!

  5. Oh this sounds good. I think I'll have to make it soon. So glad you linked up at Weekend Potluck...keep these awesome recipes comin!

  6. Hi! Just to let you know that I made this recipe... with a couple of changes and am featuring it on my blog for this week Foodie Friends Friday Linky party... It was awesome thank you and hope that join us again tonight with a great recipe.

  7. Ooooo! Thanks for linking this up at Meatless Monday recipe hop :)

  8. I just made this and I burned my tongue because I couldn't stop eating it while it was hot. Sooooo good! I can't wait to see how great it will be when it cools and I can actually enjoy it! Hopefully I don't finish it off before the rest of the meal is ready.


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