Are you looking for a simple homemade, deliciously creamy, side dish for Broccoli and Rice packed with flavor, that doesn’t require a ton of work? Broccoli Alfredo Rice is one of those dishes that fit all those needs and won’t heat up the kitchen this summer. It’s a perfect side for chicken, fish, or even pork.
1headOrganic fresh or frozen broccoli cut in bite-sized pieces
2 1/2cupsHomemade or Pre made Alfredo sauce
1/2cupQuality grated Parmesan Cheese
1pinchHot pepper flakesoptional
Wash and pre-sort the short grain organic rice
Put the organic short-grain rice and measured stock into a large flat-bottomed pot with a tight-fitting lid on high heat Add 1 tablespoon olive oil, basil, kosher salt, freshly ground black pepper to the pot at this time. Stir a few times, cook for about 4 minutes on high heat before reducing heat to low. Cook for about 10 minutes. Do not remove the lid.
Meanwhile, place medium skillet on medium heat, add 2 tablespoons of butter, once melted add the diced yellow onion, cook 3-4 minutes before adding minced garlic. Cook for another 1-2 minutes. Remove from the heat.
At this time add the fresh organic broccoli, sauteed onions, and garlic to the large flat-bottomed pot, add the Alfredo sauce, and lightly stir till ingredients are combined. It should be creamy looking but not too runny. Let cook on lowest heat setting covered with a tight-fitting lid until the broccoli is firm but tender and the rice is completely cooked about 6-8 minutes.
Add the grated Parmesan Cheese and stir the rice mixture, careful not to break down the rice grains. Serve while hot with a few optional pepper flakes
Recipe by Heidy L. McCallum owner of The McCallum's Shamrock Patch Blog