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Italian Pesto Rice {with Minute® Rice}

Oh, the holiday parties and sweets! It's so hard to eat healthy during this festive season. For a holiday party we're attending next week, we're bringing this delicious Italian Pesto Rice. This healthy, savory dish is a nice contrast to all the indulgences we're eating right now.

Thank you to Minute® Rice for sponsoring this recipe post.

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I was happy to work with Minute® Rice because I'm passionate about helping moms get healthy dinners on the table, and this shortcut makes it faster and easier. One of the biggest hassles of “eating brown” is how darn long it takes to make brown rice! Who has 45-60 minutes to wait? Give Minute® Rice Brown Rice a try. It only takes 10 minutes to prepare and has the same nutritional value as regular long-cooking brown rice. My kids love the fluffy texture.

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With Minute® Rice on hand, you can have a whole-grain side ready in just 10 minutes. Or, use Minute® Rice Brown Rice as the base for any number of great recipes. Find over 400 easy recipe ideas at the Minute® Rice website. This Italian Pesto Rice comes together so quickly! While the rice is cooking–for 5 minutes, then sitting for 5 minutes–prep the other ingredients. Then, stir it all together for a flavorful, robust rice dish that's great on its own or a heartier meal when you add chicken or Italian sausage on top.

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Yield: 6 servings

Italian Pesto Rice

Italian Pesto Rice


  • 2 cups Minute® Rice Brown Rice, uncooked
  • 3/4 cup basil pesto
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
  • 4 oz fresh mozzarella cheese, cubed
  • 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil, chopped (optional)


  • Prepare rice according to box directions.
  • While rice is cooking, slice tomatoes and mozzarella cheese.
  • Add basil pesto to cooked rice, stir well to combine.
  • Add tomatoes and cheese to rice. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
  • Add chopped basil leaves for a stronger flavor (we like this but the kids don't).
  • Nutrition Information:



    Serving Size:


    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 324Total Fat: 22gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 25mgSodium: 337mgCarbohydrates: 22gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 11g
    I like to serve Italian Pesto Rice warm with some extra protein, but we've also enjoyed it as a vegetarian lunch served cold. Either way, it's yummy!

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    There are so many ways to include Minute® Rice in your busy weeknight meals. I'm going to see how the kids like the new Minute® Rice Multi-Grain Medley, which includes brown, Thai red, and wild rice along with quinoa for a completely gluten-free whole grain side.

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    Linked up to Tis the Season at Krystal's Kitsch, On Display Thursday at Average But Inspired, Whatever Goes Wednesday at Someday Crafts, SITS Girls linky and Wow Me Wednesday at Ginger Snap Crafts.

    Disclosure: This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Minute® Rice.


    Thursday 8th of January 2015

    Wow this looks delicious! I love pesto and rice, but never thought of combining them! Thanks so much for sharing at On Display Thursday! We hope to see you tomorrow at our new day and time - Thursdays starting at 6 am central!

    Jo-Lynne Shane

    Saturday 20th of December 2014

    That looks delicious!

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    Thursday 18th of December 2014

    You had me at pesto....looks amazing!

    KC Coake

    Wednesday 17th of December 2014

    I love this recipe! Love that it is made with brown rice and is quick. Perfect for a weeknight dinner. Thanks so much!

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