Italian-Style Rice

by Rachael Ray Show Staff 3:00 AM, April 3, 2012

Aired April 3, 2012

Serves 4-6
For the Pesto:
2 cups lightly packed fresh basil leaves
3 tablespoons pine nuts
1/2 cup Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, freshly grated
Salt and pepper
1/2 cup EVOO - Extra Virgin Olive Oil
For the Italian-Style Rice:
1 package Uncle Bens® Rice
2 to 3 tablespoons EVOO - Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/2 pound pork or turkey sausage
1/4 cup Pesto
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

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 1/2 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.