Garlic Parmesan Rice Bowl

Perfect for an on-the-go meal, this cheesy Garlic Parmesan Rice Bowl is a feast of Italian flavors that is ready to enjoy in just 4 minutes!

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Cooking time PREP TIME 2 mins
Cooking time COOK TIME 2 min
Servings SERVES 1
Ready in TOTAL TIME 4 mins
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  • 1 cup Minute® Ready to Serve Garlic Olive Oil Rice
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped parsley
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 tsp dried Italian seasoning
  • 1/8 tsp red chili flakes


  • This tasty Garlic Parmesan Rice Bowl is a flavorful yet effortless dish that will soon be one of your go-to rice recipes. With Minute® Ready to Serve Garlic & Olive Oil Jasmine Rice, you can enjoy a delicious and satisfying dish in mere minutes. Simply stir in freshly grated Parmesan and aromatic herbs.

    Step 1

  • Heat rice according to package directions.

    Step 2

  • Stir in parsley, Parmesan and Italian seasoning.

    Step 3

  • Garnish with red chili flakes.

    Recipe Tips

    Substitute Calabrian chilies packed in oil for chili flakes if desired.

    Garnish with crumbled ready to serve bacon if desired.

Quick and Easy

Add this rich garlic and Parmesan rice bowl to your list of easy vegetarian meals in under 5 minutes. It’s so simple yet quite versatile. With just 5 ingredients it can serve as a light snack, a quick lunch that can be made in the break room, or a dinner side to serve along with your protein of choice.

Keeping it Fresh

Herbs and spices are simple savory stir-ins for rice dishes that make a significant impact. This recipe calls for both dried and fresh herbs. Italian seasoning is typically a blend of rosemary, basil, oregano, thyme, marjoram, sage, and savory. In other words, rather than buying and storing a half dozen herbs, go straight for that Italian seasoning; it will free up space in your pantry and reduce measuring time.

However, delicate herbs such as parsley are better fresh as they lose a lot of flavor in the drying process. And don’t throw out those stems — they have more flavor than the leaves! But, parsley isn’t the only fresh herb you can fold into rice dishes to take them to the next level.

Cilantro: Our refreshing Cilantro Lime Rice can be a light snack or the foundation for unforgettable tacos. If you’re craving something sweet rather than savory, swap the water for coconut milk for a creamier rice mixture.

Basil: Caprese isn’t the only salad with basil; our satisfying Mango Basil Chicken and Brown Rice Salad combines hearty ingredients — Minute® Brown Rice and chicken — with light herbs, fruits, and vegetables.

Mint: Yet another tasty herb that requires only a simple vinaigrette and a few fresh ingredients, our quick Mint and Feta Rice Salad blends refreshing herbs — mint and dill — with tangy feta cheese. And it only takes 10 minutes to prepare!

Spice Things Up

As for the spice, a dash of pepper flakes will give your dish a nice kick. Keep in mind that chili flakes and red pepper flakes aren’t identical. Chili flakes are much milder, sometimes even a bit sweet. A mixture of multiple pepper varieties, red pepper flakes have more complex flavors and, because the mix includes seeds, is considerably spicier. Essentially, if the recipe calls for chili flakes, you only need a fraction of the amount called for if you opt for red pepper flakes. Unless, of course, you want to bring on the heat!

You can also use a spicier salsa like sriracha that we’ve used in this Chinese Egg Fried Rice recipe. Looking for a new dinner idea? Try our: chicken cheese and rice.

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