For a change, replace French onion simmer soup with chicken noodle simmer soup. Or for a vegetarian option, omit bacon and add 1⁄2 cup drained, roasted red capsicum strips.
1 onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, crushed
150g shortcut bacon,chopped
1 1⁄4 cups medium grain rice
40g sachet French onion simmer soup
2 zucchini (350g), grated
2 cups milk
1 cup water
1 cup grated Tasty cheese
Heat an oiled, medium, non-stick frying pan over a medium heat. Add the onion, garlic and bacon. Cook, stirring for about 5 minutes, or until the onion is soft.
2 Transfer onion mixture to an oiled, large ovenproof dish (12-cup). Add the rice, soup mix, zucchini, milk, water and half the cheese. Stir to combine. Cover tightly with oiled foil.
3 Cook in a moderate oven (180C) for 40 minutes. Remove from oven and discard the foil. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Return to oven.
4 Cook, uncovered, for a further 20 minutes, or until rice is tender and top is golden brown.