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!

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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