STREAMING NOW: Simply Nigella

Want more from Genius Kitchen?

Watch on your Apple TV, Roku, or Fire TV and your iOS, Fire, or Android device.

Learn More
“This is my basic rice recipe. I like it because I can throw whatever's in the cupboard in or just make it with onion. You can add about a 1/4 cup of any kind of veggie you like to the onions when you sauté them to add flavor. I’ve added mushrooms, carrots, broccoli, bell peppers et cetera to the onions. It can be made with cheese or without. I like to use Parmesan but have used cheddar, provolone, or mozzarella in a pinch. I find it’s creamy even without any cheese. Careful not to over salt, you’ll ruin it. Using broth made from bouillon is way too salty for me personally. Enjoy!”
2 cups

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil or 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 small diced onion
  • 2 tablespoons garlic, chopped
  • 1 cup rice (Abrario)
  • 14 cup white wine (optional)
  • 3 (15 ounce) cans chicken stock (low-sodium)
  • 1 tablespoon pepper (more or less, season to taste)
  • 12 cup parmesan cheese (shredded)


  1. Chop onion and any other veggies you wish to add.
  2. Add oil to or melt butter in frying pan.
  3. Add garlic and onions. (If you are adding other veggies now is the time).
  4. Saute onion over medium heat until soft.
  5. Heat the broth to simmer in microwave or sauce pan.
  6. Add uncooked rice to onions to brown for about 30-45 seconds. If the rice or garlic gets burned here there is no saving it, throw it out and start over.
  7. Add wine now if you are using it.
  8. Add hot broth a ladleful at a time. The pan should be hot enough that the rice sizzels and dances when the broth hits it. Stir and stir until broth is almost absorbed.
  9. Keep stirring, adding a ladle of broth as the rice starts to get dry. Repeat until all broth is absorbed. Keep the pan at a low simmer the whole time. Rice will get soft and is finished. If you keep cooking it will get mushy.
  10. Taste the rice.
  11. Season with black pepper to taste. (Fresh herbs like basil go in now if you want to use them).

Watch more

Join the Conversation

  • all
  • reviews
  • tweaks
  • q & a