Basil Tomato Rice Recipe
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Basil Tomato Rice Recipe

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“Whenever my family wants something different to go with our grilled beef—or other entrees, I throw together this easy side. It’s so fresh-tasting, and I always have the ingredients on hand.” Sarah Rupe - Eldon, Iowa
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 2 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 cups uncooked instant rice
  • 1 medium green pepper, diced
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 2 medium tomatoes, seeded and chopped
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup: 154 calories, 2g fat (0g saturated fat), 0mg cholesterol, 295mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 2g fiber), 4g protein Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch.


  1. In a large saucepan, bring broth to a boil. Stir in rice; cover and remove from the heat. Let stand for 5 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, in a small skillet, saute pepper and onion in oil until tender. Add the tomatoes, basil and salt; heat through. Stir into rice. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Basil Tomato Rice in Healthy Cooking October/November 2009, p55

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jules-phoenix 126103
Reviewed Jul. 13, 2012

"I omitted the gr pepper. My family absolutely loved this dish."

cynthiaelliott 167671
Reviewed Apr. 12, 2010

"Our family enjoyed this rice. Its' easy to make, the basil and tomatoes gave rice a different twist. I would definitely make it again."

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