Creamy Rice With Lemon, Herbs, and Parmesan

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 16 mins

This wonderful rice dish has the texture of risotto without the constant stirring. Taken from the Oct 2002 issue of "Bon Apetit."

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Bring 4 quarts water to boil in large pot over high heat.
  2. Add rice and onion.
  3. Boil until rice is just tender, about 16 minutes.
  4. Drain, reserving 1/2 cup cooking liquid.
  5. Mix parsley, butter, basil, lemon juice, and lemon peel in large bowl.
  6. Add hot rice mixture, stir to melt butter.
  7. Add reserved 1/2 cup cooking liquid and 1 cup cheese; stir.
  8. Season with salt and pepper.
  9. Sprinkle with 2 tablespoons cheese.
  10. Garnish with basil sprigs and serve.


Most Helpful

I Like the ease of preparation. I added just a bit more lemon juice as per reviewers suggestion. Despite all of the Parmesan cheese, I felt it needed just a bit of salt. Will add some next time. :)

Lori Mama August 04, 2011

I was just getting ready to post this and here it is! This is a wonderful alternative to the time-consuming risotto. I use an extra T. of lemon juice. Also, a high quality, freshly greated parmesan cheese, really makes this dish for us. Thanks so much for posting, Yooper.

Scoutie February 09, 2009

I love risotto dishes; and think they pair well with many types of meats. I prepared this with a pork roast tonight. I gave it four stars because next time I might up the lemon just a tad and add chicken boullion to the water when it is boiling.

Cook4_6 April 02, 2008

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