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Rach makes kid-friendly Italian-style brown rice with pesto, sausage + parmesan cheese.

More kid-friendly recipes using brown rice from Rach:
Asian-Style Rice
Mexican-Style Rice
Cheeseburger Rice


For the pesto:
  • 2 cups lightly packed fresh basil leaves
  • 3 tablespoons pine nuts
  • ½ cup Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, freshly grated
  • Salt and pepper
  • ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO)
For the Italian-Style Rice:
  • 1 package brown rice
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO)
  • ½ pound pork or turkey sausage
  • ¼ cup Pesto
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese


Serves: 4-6


For the Pesto: Into the bowl of a food processor, place the garlic, basil, pine nuts, cheese and salt. Pulse until the mixture is finely chopped. With the food processor still running, stream in ½ cup of EVOO into the mixture until it becomes a smooth paste. Set aside.

For the Rice: Prepare rice to package directions.

In a large pan, heat a few tablespoons EVOO over medium-high heat. Add sausage and cook until browned, breaking it up as it cooks. Add pesto and rice. Toss until coated.

Top with cheese and serve.