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Cheesy rice is a quick and easy side dish that is sure to please your whole family.

This cheesy rice is a delicious and easy weeknight side dish.
overhead view of grey bowl filled with cheesy rice topped with chopped parsley
overhead view of grey bowl filled with cheesy rice topped with chopped parsley

Rice is such an easy staple for many meals. I love this cheesy rice because it’s just as easy as many regular plain rice, but it adds a little oomph to your meals. This recipe is so simple you won’t even need to look at the recipe after a few times of making it. This is just the kind of thing you need in your weeknight meal repertoire to help your dinners be easy yet flavorful. 

spoon lifting portion of cheesy rice out of grey bowl

Ingredients you need:

You only need a few pantry staples to make this flavorful rice recipe. For the full amounts, make sure you scroll down to the recipe card.

  • Rice – For this recipe, a medium grain white rice works best. 
  • Broth – You can use chicken broth, vegetable stock, or  turkey broth for this recipe. I prefer unsalted so I can be in control of the salt content, but whatever you have on hand will work. 
  • Cheese – You want a good quality meltable cheese here. I like using a nice sharp cheddar, but you can also use colby jack, monterrey jack, pepperjack, or a farmers cheese.
  • Seasonings – We are seasoning this rice with salt, ground black pepper, and garlic powder. 
labeled ingredients for cheesy rice

How to make cheesy rice

This recipe is very simple to make! Here is a brief overview of the recipe to give you an idea of how it works. For the full set of directions and measurements, please make sure you scroll down to the recipe card below!

  1. Scrub the limes really well to make sure they are nice and clean.
  2. Cut the limes into pieces to make it easier for the blender.
  3. Combine half the lime pieces, half the sugar, and half the water in the blender and pulse for 10 seconds until the limes are well broken down, then strain through a fine mesh strainer.
  4. Repeat with the remaining limes, sugar, and water.
  5. Pour the lemonade into a pitcher and then stir in the sweetened condensed milk until well combined.
  6. Serve over ice and enjoy!

Storage Informaton

This limeade will store well

  1. Wash the rice. Place the rice in the saucepan and add fresh water to cover the rice. Use your hand to swish the rice around in the water. Notice how the water turns cloudy white. Carefully drain the water from the rice. Re-cover the rice with more clean water. Repeat until the water that you drain away is mostly clear.
  2. Cook the rice. To the saucepan with the washed rice, add the broth. Cover the pot with a lid, and bring to a simmer. Simmer on low heat for 15 minutes, until the broth has been absorbed.
  3. Season. Stir in the shredded cheese, salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Replace the lid on the pan and allow the rice to sit for 5 minutes to allow the cheese to fully melt.

NOTE: You can also make this recipe in a rice maker! Simply add the rice and broth to the rice cooker (affiliate link) and press start. When the rice is done, stir in the seasonings and cheese. Close the lid and let it sit for 5 minutes to help melt the cheese before serving.  

Timing of this recipe

This recipe takes about 30 minutes from start to finish. 

This includes spending 5 minutes washing the rice, 20 minutes cooking the rice, and 5 minutes letting the rice and cheese sit and melt.

Prepping ahead of time

This recipe can be made up to 3 days ahead of time. Store in an air tight container in the fridge. Reheat in the microwave until warm. If you want to add more cheese when reheating to make it extra cheesy, go for it!

How to serve this to your family

Serve this rice as a side to any meal that you like. I think it goes great beside parmesan crusted chicken, bbq chicken meatloaf, and herb crusted salmon.

cheesy rice in grey bowl with serving spoon, block of cheddar cheese in background

Kids in the kitchen: How your kids can help you cook

Inviting our kids into the kitchen is a great way not only to help them learn how to cook, but also to help give them a sense of investment and interest in the food that you are serving. This helps them be more likely to eat and enjoy it!

This rice recipe is so great because it is so quick and easy to make.

  • Kids aged 1-3 can help you wash the rice and measure ingredients. 
  • Kids aged 4-6 can do everything above plus shred the cheese and stir everything together.
  • Kids aged 7-10+ can help you do everything above, plus help you make the rice..

*Please note that these recommendations are generalized, and to please use your personal discretion with your child’s skill level. And always, always supervise! Read more about how to have your children help you in the kitchen.

cheesy rice in grey bowl with serving spoon

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overhead view of grey bowl filled with cheesy rice topped with chopped parsley

Cheesy Rice Recipe

This cheesy rice is a delicious and easy weeknight side dish.
4 from 1 vote
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Course: Kid Friendly Side Dishes
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 361kcal
Author: Jenni

Ingredients

  • 1 cup white rice medium or long grain
  • 2 cups unsalted chicken broth
  • 1 ½ cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • teaspoon garlic powder

Instructions

  • Place the rice in the saucepan and add fresh water to cover the rice.
  • Use your hand to swish the rice around in the water. Notice how the water turns cloudy white.
  • Carefully drain the water from the rice. Re-cover the rice with more clean water.
  • Repeat until the water that you drain away is mostly clear.
  • To the saucepan with the washed rice, add the broth.
  • Cover the pot with a lid, and bring to a simmer.
  • Simmer on low heat for 15 minutes, until the broth has been absorbed.
  • Stir in the shredded cheese, salt, pepper, and garlic powder.
  • Replace the lid on the pan and allow the rice to sit for 5 minutes to allow the cheese to fully melt.

Notes

Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. Reheat in the microwave until warmed through.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 361kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 42mg | Sodium: 460mg | Potassium: 190mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 0.4g | Vitamin A: 425IU | Calcium: 318mg | Iron: 1mg
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