Pesto Rice — A Gluten-Free Rice Enhancement

Pesto Rice

It took me a long time to come to pesto. In theory, it was everything I loved, yet my first experiences with it were…underwhelming. I just didn’t like it. This was disappointing.

Then one day, I decided it was time to try pesto again. This time, our relationship took. I try to find ways to add pesto to everything. Sometimes this is not the best of ideas, sometimes it works out amazingly well.

As in this recipe. When my husband saw what I planned to do, he wanted no part of it. Rice should be rice, and pesto goes on pasta (and pizza and…). Then he tasted it, and wondered why I thought it would be a bad idea. Yeah.

Also, this is a quick way to gussy up weeknight rice (and use up leftover pesto sauce, if you have any). Since I always do a big batch of rice in the steamer to make meals during the week go faster, I just heat what I need in the microwave.

Pesto Rice

Pesto Rice

By Kassia Krozser Published: June 2, 2013

  • Yield: 4 - 6 Servings
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 20 mins
  • Ready In: 30 mins

This quick side dish turns skeptics into fans after just one bite!



  1. Put the cooked rice in a bowl.
  2. Add the pesto, mixing thoroughly.
  3. Taste, add more pesto if necessary. Add salt if you think it’s needed.

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