Jump To Recipeby Liz Thomson
March 5, 2023This post may contain affiliate links.
This simple pesto rice recipe makes a flavorful side dish or a tasty base in your favorite grain bowl! It’s easy to turn rice into a crave-worthy dish!
I love adding spices and seasoning to my rice to add flavor. From this cilantro lime rice to this Spanish brown rice, I adore finding new combinations of seasonings! It’s a great way to elevate a simple pantry staple into a tasty side dish. It’s also a great way to add flavor to the base of your next grain bowl!
This pesto rice recipe is a flavorful and easy side dish that’s perfect for any occasion! Made with fluffy white rice and vibrant pesto sauce, this side dish is delicious yet simple. It’s a quick and delicious way to add some Italian flair to your meal, and it pairs perfectly with your favorite protein or veggies. Give this recipe a try and elevate your weeknight dinners or weekend gatherings!
Ingredients and Substitutions
Rice– I recommend using long-grain basmati rice, but you can use any kind of rice you prefer. You may need to adjust the cooking time using brown or short-grain rice.
Pesto– You can make pesto from scratch or use store-bought pesto. I like the Butoni brand of pesto.
Oil– I like to toast the rice in a little oil before cooking to enhance the flavor.
Balsamic vinegar– The vinegar is optional, but I like the umami flavor it adds to the rice.
Lemon juice- A squeeze adds a little acidity and brightness.
How to Make Pesto Rice
originally posted March 5, 2023 (updated May 30, 2023)by Liz Thomson categories:Side Dish14 comments