Best Parmesan Basil Brown Rice Recipe is a delicious side dish made in a rice cooker, made with fresh basil and Parmesan cheese.

Best Parmesan Basil Brown Rice Recipe

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Friends we have so much to be grateful for, sometimes I have to pinch myself of all the blessings around us. Today I’m sharing a delicious Best Parmesan Basil Brown Rice Recipe.

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A few readers asked for my Slow Cooker Brown Rice Recipe recently, which is the perfect side dish paired with your favorite meat, or served in “bowls.” Above we enjoyed it with Baked Chicken Breasts with Roasted Grapes! You can also serve it with my Roasted Chicken Grapes Rosemary Recipe!

Best Parmesan Basil Brown Rice Recipe

The day after Thanksgiving we enjoyed a long hike in the Oregon Badlands Wilderness. If you’ve never gone, I say go on a beautiful day! The skies were royal blue, and little did we know that amongst the 29,182 acres of 1500-year-old junipers, sage, and rabbitbush, that we’d get lost.

Best Parmesan Basil Brown Rice Recipe

What was planned for 6 miles ended up being 10.6 miles. It’s true the badlands are not well marked, with very few signs. (Above, my friend Jenny and her daughter, Emily, and me. Below, eating lunch in the Badlands!)

Best Parmesan Basil Brown Rice Recipe

Mmmm, the scent of the junipers with the branches full of blue berries. All you need to do is pluck them and split them open for the most arromatic experience.

The downfall of a large group is you get to talking and walking and not really paying attention. The benefit to a large group is it’s not as scary if you realize you may not know where you are. Good news: My husband has a “Hiking Project” app on his phone.

We think Alder retrieved the ball well over 200 times. Did he sleep well that night? Indeed!

What a way to walk off the turkey!

Best Parmesan Basil Brown Rice Recipe

Best Parmesan Basil Brown Rice Recipe

Home to a simple dinner, served family style, we made Sweet Potato Mushroom Ground Turkey with this Best Parmesan Basil Brown Rice Recipe, perfect everyone making their own “bowls.”

It’s also delish with whatever fresh herbs you can snip or gather and chop, to add a real fresh taste.

The secret is to rinse your brown rice before cooking it.

Always salt and pepper to taste!

Our bowls consisted of meat, cheese, slaw, rice, and your favorite toppings! OH, and don’t forget crunchy chips!

Best Parmesan Basil Brown Rice Recipe

Enjoy and happy hosting!

More recipes: Apricot Greek Yogurt Chicken Thighs, How to make Instant Pot Brown Rice, and Confetti Brown Rice!

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Best Parmesan Basil Brown Rice Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 55 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Yield: 6
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  • 3 cups brown rice, rinsed
  • 1 quart stock, chicken, beef, or vegetarian
  • Salt and pepper
  • 4 Tbps. fresh basil, diced
  • 1 cup fresh parmesan cheese


  • In a prepared rice cooker (with cooking spray), dump 3 cups rinsed brown rice. Add 1 quart of stock.
  • Add salt and pepper.
  • Cook according to rice cooker directions. (My rice cooker cooks brown rice for 55 minutes.)
  • When done, add the basil and Parmesan cheese and fluff with a fork. Salt and pepper to taste; serve!
Course: Side Dish
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More rice dishes: Cilantro Lime Brown Rice [Aggie’s Kitchen], Pressure Cooking Brown Rice Recipe [Pressure Cooking Today], and Chicken Fried Brown Rice [Southern Plate].