When it comes to favorite side dishes at our house, potatoes and rice definitely top the list. But honestly, that can get a little boring, so I’m always looking for new ways to dress up those dinner-time staples. I recently made a batch of fresh basil pesto and wondered how my family might enjoy it mixed with some Basmati rice and lemon. Of course, I had to throw some Parmesan cheese in too!
It was a huge hit! There weren’t even any leftovers–and I almost always have leftover rice. The best part (besides tasting amazing) is that it was so easy. I cooked the rice in my rice cooker while I prepared dinner, and just stirred in the other ingredients right before serving. Of course, you can also cook the rice using the traditional stove-top method. We love Basmati rice, but you can use long-grain white, Jasmine, brown–whatever you prefer!