More delicious broccoli and rice. 🙂 My husband and son ate this rice bowl topped with grilled chicken. I thought that it was perfect as is!
This recipe was adapted from Sara Moulton.com. I actually doubled this full-flavored broccoli pesto and served the extra batch over penne with chopped fresh tomatoes.
Yield: Serves 4
For the Rice Bowl:
- 2/3 cup brown Basmati rice
- 1/3 cup wild rice
- 2 cups vegetable or chicken stock (or water with 1/2 teaspoon salt), divided
- 1 cup broccoli pesto (recipe below)
- 3 T extra-virgin olive oil
- 10 ounces sliced wild mushrooms (I used cremini mushrooms)
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano, for garnish
- Combine the rice in a small saucepan with 1 3/4 cup of the stock, bring the stock to a boil, turn down to a bare simmer, cover the top with a paper towel and a lid and cook for 45 minutes. Remove from the heat and let stand for 10 minutes.
- Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat the oil over medium heat.
- Add the mushrooms and saute, stirring occasionally, until most of the liquid the mushrooms give off is evaporated.
- Add the broccoli pesto and cook stirring for 1 minute.
- Fluff the rice with a fork and add it to the mushrooms. Cook, stirring, until combine well.
- Add the remaining 1/4 cup broth and salt and pepper, to taste.
- To serve, spoon into bowls and sprinkle with freshly grated cheese.
For the Broccoli Pesto:
Yield: about 2 cups
- 1/2 cup slivered blanched almonds or chopped walnuts
- 6 ounces broccoli, trimmed if necessary and coarsely chopped
- 1/4 cup chopped scallions
- 2 ounces Parmigiano-Reggiano, finely grated
- 3 T extra virgin olive oil
- 3 large garlic cloves, minced
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
- Preheat the oven to 350 F, preferably on convection.
- Spread out the nuts on a rimmed baking sheet and toast until golden, 7 to 10 minutes. Remove to a cooling rack and let cool to room temperature.
- Combine the cooled almonds, broccoli, scallions, cheese, olive oil and garlic in the bowl of a food processor fitted with the chopping blade.
- Pulse until the mixture is finely chopped but not pureed.
- Transfer the pesto to a bowl and stir in salt and pepper to taste.
- Use as directed in recipe.
Note: The pesto will keep in the fridge for 3 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months.