Pea and Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto Rice

Spice up a simple rice dish with prepared pesto, peas, tomatoes, fresh basil, shaved Pecorino cheese and a kick of chili pepper for a delicious side.

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Cooking time PREP TIME 10 mins
Cooking time COOK TIME 15 mins
Servings SERVES 4
Ready in TOTAL TIME 25 mins
Cooking time
PREP TIME 10 mins
Cooking time
COOK TIME 15 mins
Ready in
TOTAL TIME 25 mins


  • 2 cups Minute® Jasmine Rice
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 shallots, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1/2 cup prepared sun-dried tomato pesto
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • Pinch red chili flakes
  • 2 cups halved grape tomatoes
  • 1/3 cup shaved Pecorino cheese
  • 2 tbsp thinly sliced fresh basil


  • Liven up your rice with the fresh flavors of sun-dried tomato pesto and shaved Pecorino cheese in this simple, 30-minute dish.

    Step 1

  • Prepare rice according to package directions.

    Step 2

  • Meanwhile, heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook shallots and garlic for 2 to 3 minutes, or until starting to soften.

    Step 3

  • Stir in rice, peas, pesto, salt, pepper and chili flakes. Cook for 3 to 5 minutes, or until heated through and rice is well coated.

    Step 4

  • Add tomatoes to skillet. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes, or until softened slightly. Stir in Pecorino and basil.

    Recipe Tips

  • Substitute green beans, asparagus or broccoli florets for the peas, if you prefer.

Red Pesto, Please!

Enjoy a delicious side of rice with a kick! Make a complete dinner in under 30 minutes by pairing this rice dish with shredded chicken breast, sliced beef filet or another favorite protein.

Keep this recipe in your back pocket to throw together on a busy weeknight. Almost all of the ingredients can be stored in your pantry or freezer for when you’re in a bind. Keep a box of Minute® Instant Jasmine Rice or Minute® Instant White Rice handy to cook up in just 5 minutes and toss with these zesty flavors. Missing an ingredient? Simply use what you have on hand, such as Parmesan cheese, onion or garlic powder. Fresh ingredients give the best flavor, but make these recipes your own with what you’ve got!

Right alongside our Instant Rice, make sure to have a few cups of Ready to Heat Rice for meals on the go like this microwave Shrimp Fried Rice recipe with egg.

One-Skillet Dish

This one-skillet dish is hassle free and a tasty opportunity to add more of your favorite vegetables, such as broccoli, red pepper or green beans, into your diet.

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