Pesto Rice

Pesto Rice
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  • 5 mins
  • Prep: 1 mins,
  • Cook: 4 mins
  • Yield: Serves 3-4
Ratings (9)

This super simple Pesto Rice recipe is so full of wonderful flavor. Serve it with any dish that has a nice sauce. This recipe only uses three ingredients, but it tastes like so much more than that! You can use your own homemade pesto or buy some pesto at the grocery store.

Pesto is an Italian sauce made from fresh basil, garlic, Parmesan cheese, olive oil, and pine nuts. You can make your own if you can find fresh basil in the supermarket, or if you grow your own. It's easy to make. But premade pesto is also delicious.

Frozen brown rice is a great convenience food too. It's super fast to make and it always turns out perfectly. If you want to serve more people, just double or triple the recipe!

You can also make this recipe by using cooked brown rice. Just cook it according to the package directions until it's tender, then drain if if necessary and stir in the pesto and Parmesan cheese. You can vary this recipe a bit by using different types of pesto. Pesto can be made with spinach, with other leafy greens or with herbs such as cilantro or parsley. Use your imagination when you are making such a simple recipe.

This is a fabulous recipe to serve along a roast chicken or meatloaf for an easy family dinner.

What You'll Need

  • 1 (10-ounce) package frozen brown rice
  • 1/4 cup basil pesto, purchased or homemade
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

How to Make It

Cook the rice as directed on the package, preferably in the microwave oven. When the rice is done, spoon it into a serving dish. Stir in the pesto and the Parmesan cheese and serve immediately.

Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
Calories 202
Total Fat 3 g
Saturated Fat 1 g
Unsaturated Fat 1 g
Cholesterol 4 mg
Sodium 103 mg
Carbohydrates 38 g
Dietary Fiber 4 g
Protein 6 g
(The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)