5 Rice Recipes for Pasta Lovers

Brown Rice Salad with Tomato, Basil, and Mozzarella © Emily Farris
By F&W Editors Posted November 07, 2014

Pasta prices are rising. Here are five delicious rice dishes that will satisfy your pasta cravings.

Bad news: This year’s durum wheat harvest is not looking great. Why should you care? Because you love pasta and pasta is made with durum. With the durum crop at a serious low, the price of pasta production is going to rise, which means so is the price of pasta.

If and when the price hike hits, be prepared with these five delicious rice dishes that will satisfy your pasta cravings.

1. Sun-Dried-Tomato and Pesto Risotto
This creamy pesto pasta is perfect year-round thanks to sun-dried tomatoes.

2. Brown Rice Salad with Tomato, Basil and Mozzarella
This Italian-inspired brown rice dish is a great, go-to gluten-free alternative to pasta.

3. Rice with Mozzarella, Prosciutto and Peas
Mozzarella melts into a creamy sauce when it hits the hot rice.

4. Meatballs with Peas
Rice does a terrific job of soaking up marinara sauce.

5. “Sicilian” Rice Salad
This improvised, Italian-flavored rice dish is a great replacement for classic pasta salad.

Related: 6 Recipes for Rice Pilaf
21 Risotto Recipes
How to Make Risotto

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