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Basil Pesto Rice

Basil Pesto Rice
This Basil Pesto Rice is a beautiful and delicious side dish sure to impress company.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Mediterranean
Keyword pesto, rice
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 2 cups Cajun Country Long Grain Rice
  • .5 cups pine nuts divided
  • 12 whole cherry tomatoes quartered and seasoned to taste with salt and pepper
  • .5 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • .5 cup olive oil
  • .5 tsp salt


  • Cook 100% Louisiana rice according to package directions.
  • To make the pesto, place the basil, garlic and 1/4 cup pine nuts in a food processor or blender and process until finely chopped.
  • Add the olive oil and salt and blend until smooth.
  • If it is too thick, thin with a little more oil.
  • In a bowl, mix the pesto sauce with enough rice to suit your preference.
  • Add tomatoes and remaining pine nuts and mix well.