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pesto rice

Pesto Rice

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  • Author: Liz Thomson
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 3 cups 1x
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

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!


Ingredients

Units Scale
  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil or olive oil
  • 1 cup long-grain basmati rice
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/4 cup pesto
  • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt (or to taste)

Instructions

Stovetop Method

  1. Add the oil and rice to a large non-stick skillet and toast for 4-5 minutes over medium heat, stirring frequently.
  2. Add the pesto, two cups of water, and balsamic vinegar. Stir, then cover the skillet with a tight fitting lid and simmer for 20-25 minutes until the rice is fluffy an the water is absorbed.
  3. Squeeze the lemon juice over the cooked rice and fluff with a fork. Generously salt to taste.

Rice Cooker Method

  1. Add the oil and rice to the bottom of the rice cooker. Sauté the oil and rice in the rice cooker for 2-3 minutes.
  2. Add the pesto, two cups of water, and balsamic vinegar. Top with the lid and let the rice simmer until cooking cycle completes.
  3. Squeeze the lemon juice over the cooked rice and fluff with a fork. Generously salt to taste.