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Parmesan Rice

Creamy Parmesan Rice has so much flavor from freshly grated Parmesan cheese and garlic plus a touch of lemon juice. It’s an easy rice side dish that goes with practically anything.

Creamy Parmesan Rice with lots of cheese and garlic flavor.

Easy Side Dish Recipe

This simple rice dish can be ready in just 30 minutes. It is a great option for a busy weeknight meal. Made from basic ingredients you are likely to already have in your kitchen.

The rice gets cooked in a mixture of chicken broth and milk instead of water. The chicken broth flavors the rice and the milk helps make it creamy.

Plain rice can be kind of boring and it is not one of the more popular side dishes at my house. But Creamy Parmesan Rice is a whole different story.

Creamy Parmesan Rice with lots of cheese and garlic flavor.

The creaminess factor together with tons of flavor from Parmesan cheese and garlic elevates this rice dish to a crave-worthy side.

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What readers are saying

I had my doubts, but OMGOOOSH! It turned out PERFECTLY and I will make this again. I more than tripled the recipe (as a side) for 22 teens at a church function, and they loved it.

Creamy Parmesan Rice with lots of cheese and garlic flavor.

It takes a little more time to make than one of those flavored rice packets from the store. But the flavor is much, much better. Plus store-bought rice mixes are full of things that are not great to put in your body. When you make homemade recipes, you control what is in your food and you can be sure it is chemical-free.

Fresh Parmesan Flavor

I buy a piece of Parmesan cheese and grate it with a Microplane Grater. I love how finely it grates things, plus it is super sharp making it easy to quickly grate a lot of cheese.

Creamy Parmesan Rice with lots of cheese and garlic flavor.

Creamy Parmesan Rice makes the perfect side for any Spring meal and it goes great with Chicken Drumsticks or Southern Baked Chicken.

Recipe Tip

If you need this recipe to be vegetarian, use vegetable broth instead of chicken broth.

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Creamy Parmesan Rice with lots of cheese and garlic flavor.

Parmesan Rice

Creamy Parmesan Rice has so much flavor from garlic and freshly grated Parmesan cheese plus a touch of lemon juice.
PREP: 5 minutes
COOK: 25 minutes
TOTAL: 30 minutes
SERVINGS: 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 medium sweet onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 cups uncooked long-grain rice
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can chicken broth
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

Instructions

  • Melt butter in a medium pot. Add onion and cook until softened.
  • Add garlic and rice. Stir with a wooden spoon and cook 1 minute.
  • Add chicken broth, milk, and salt. Bring to a simmer. Cover pot and reduce heat to low. Cook 20 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and stir in Parmesan cheese and lemon juice.

Notes

If you need to make this recipe vegetarian, use vegetable broth in place of chicken broth.
Nutritional info is provided as an estimate only and will vary based on brands of products used. Not to be used for specific dietary needs.

Nutrition

Calories: 306kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.3g | Cholesterol: 34mg | Sodium: 672mg | Potassium: 166mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 373IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 147mg | Iron: 1mg
Author: Christin Mahrlig
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: parmesan, rice

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Originally posted May 4, 2016.

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63 thoughts on “Parmesan Rice”

  1. Easy to make with ingredients that are always in my pantry and fridge. This dish is just amazing and a perfect side with so many dishes! Highly recommend.

  2. Very good. I usually buy packaged rice that already is seasoned (Iโ€™m lazy), but had none in the house. It was easy to make and it had common staples that most people will have in their pantry. The Ingredient list had a 1/2 teaspoon of salt but the recipe didnโ€™t say when to add it. I kept it out because I used salted butter.

  3. I had my doubts, but OMGOOOSH! It turned out PERFECTLY and I will make this again. I more than tripled the recipe (as a side) for 22 teens at a church function, and they loved it.

  4. Easy enough to make but my family felt like it had too much cheese and didn’t notice the lemon at all. May try again with a few tweaks.

  5. Barbara Pellegrino

    I have made this before so I knew I loved it…. had to change up a few ingredients this time based on what I had in the pantry. Turned out SO AMAZING!! This time used Jasmine rice, bacon drippings instead of butter to sautรฉ the onions (used bacon in something else and it was sitting there, so I used it!), half and half instead of milk and Asiago cheese instead of Parmesan. It was to die for!

  6. Ashley Guinn

    Sooo yummy. I used garlic powder instead of garlic but still so flavorful and would be an amazing side dish. Will definitely make this again

  7. D-E-L-C-I-O-U-S!
    My husband is VERY picky when it comes to his rice. He is from North Africa and is used to very aromatic rice. Well…I FINALLY found a rice recipe that he… LOVES! YAY!
    I’m going to be making this rice over and over again! Thank you for the recipe! YUMMY! YUMMY!
    ๐Ÿ’—๐ŸŒน๐Ÿ’—๐ŸŒน๐Ÿ’—๐ŸŒน๐Ÿ’—๐ŸŒน ๐Ÿ’—

  8. D-E-L-C-I-O-U-S!
    My husband is VERY picky when it comes to his rice. He is from North Africa and is used to very aromatic rice. Well…I FINALLY found a ride recipe that he… LOVES! YAY!
    I’m going to be making this rice over and over again! Thank you for the recipe! YUMMY! YUMMY!
    ๐Ÿ’—๐ŸŒน๐Ÿ’—๐ŸŒน๐Ÿ’—๐ŸŒน๐Ÿ’—๐ŸŒน ๐Ÿ’—

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