From Cook's Illustrated, July 1, 2013 My husband said after I gave him a taste (before the cheese even went in), "I could eat that for a month". The brown rice cooks much faster and stays firm when it's cooked like pasta in a large amount of water so each grain absorbs the water evenly on all sides. " Boiling the rice (versus simmering it) also speeds up cooking because boiling water contains more energy than simmering water. " Water is precious here, so I plan to try making this with leftover cooked rice in the future, just to compare. I recommend their method for the first time you try this recipe.