Recipes and Cooking Spinach-Basil Brown Rice Risotto 2.6 (7) Creamy and wholesome, this so-simple risotto skips stirring in favor of slow cooking. By BHG Test Kitchen BHG Test Kitchen The Better Homes & Gardens Test Kitchen has been in continuous operation for nearly 100 years, developing and testing practical, reliable recipes that readers can enjoy at home. The Test Kitchen team includes culinary specialists, food stylists, registered and licensed nutritionists, and other experts with Bachelor of Science degrees in food science, food and nutrition, or culinary arts. Together, the team tests more than 2,500 recipes, produces more than 2,500 food images, and creates more than 1,000 food videos each year in the state-of-the-art test kitchen. Learn about BHG's Editorial Process Published on January 4, 2012 Print Rate It Share Share Tweet Pin Email Prep Time: 20 mins Cook Time: 4 hrs Total Time: 4 hrs 20 mins Servings: 10 Jump to Nutrition Facts Ingredients Nonstick cooking spray 1 ½ cup uncooked brown rice 1 cup chopped red or green sweet pepper ¾ teaspoon salt 3 ½ cup water 2 cup packed fresh spinach, coarsely chopped (2 ounces) ¼ - ½ cup snipped fresh basil ¼ cup pine nuts or slivered almonds, toasted 2 tablespoon olive oil 1 teaspoon grated lemon peel 1 clove garlic, minced Grated Parmesan cheese (optional) Directions Coat a 4-quart slow cooker with cooking spray. In the prepared cooker combine rice, sweet pepper, and salt. Pour the water over mixture in cooker. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 4 to 5 hours or on high-heat setting for 2 to 2-1/2 hours or until rice is tender. Stir spinach, basil, pine nuts, oil, lemon peel, and garlic into mixture in cooker until spinach is wilted. If desired, top with cheese. Serve with a piece of grilled chicken or fish, or increase the portion slightly for a main-dish meal. Rate it Print Nutrition Facts (per serving) 156 Calories 6g Fat 23g Carbs 3g Protein Show Full Nutrition Label Hide Full Nutrition Label Nutrition Facts Servings Per Recipe 10 Calories 156 % Daily Value * Total Fat 6g 8% Saturated Fat 1g 5% Sodium 184mg 8% Total Carbohydrate 23g 8% Total Sugars 1g Protein 3g Vitamin C 20.7mg 104% Calcium 20.2mg 2% Iron 0.9mg 5% Potassium 152mg 3% Folate, total 24.2mcg Vitamin B-6 0.2mg *The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.