Red rice, peppers and pesto.

DI Chiara Maci | 11 May 2018


Little-known red rice, a variety of Asian rice with a lot of benefits.

Long-grain (similar to Basmati rice, to clarify), sweet and delicate taste and crunchy consistency.

Gluten free, rich in vitamins, antioxidants, iron and helpful to lower high colesterole.

The red rice I used in this recipe is one of the many products of Fairtrade, the global organization which, through this Certification Brand, commits to offering better life conditions to developing countries producers and which established standards for rice and other grains to allow these producers to live by their own work and sustain their own families.


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200g red rice

4 peppers

1 bunch of basil

50g grated parmigiano

10g pine nuts

½ garlic clove

100ml Oil evo


– Wash and dry peppers. Let them whole and put them in oven at 180c/200c for about 40 minutes.

– Take them off, peel them, cut them into thin slices and season them with a little oil and a few drops of white vinegar.

– Bring abundant water to boil into a saucepan and salt it. Drop rice and cook it. Check cooking time over the package.

– Wash basil and put it into the mixer, then add grated parmigiano, pine nuts, half garlic clove, oil and blend it all together.

– Drain rice, season it with pepper strips and a few teaspoons of pesto.

– Adjust oil, salt and pepper if necessary and serve with a few basil leaves.


In the weekend between 11th to 13th May, join billions of people all over the world organizing a coffee break with colleagues, a picnic with friends or a breakfast with your family using Fairtrade products. All together we will create the biggest event ever seen, supporting farmers and workers of developing countries!

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Photo By Giulia Gattiglia
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