Cracked Wheat, Wild Rice & Pesto Pilaf Recipe
This pilaf is full of texture and flavour and tastes great hot or cold.
Nutrition per serving
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- Cook the rice in plenty of boiling water for about 20 - 25 minutes until tender.
- Meanwhile, put the cracked wheat and stock in a large saucepan. Cover and cook gently for 10 minutes until tender, adding a dash of water if the mixture dries out. Heat the oil in a frying pan and gently fry the onions for 8-10 minutes until very soft and browned.
- Drain the rice. Stir the onions, pesto, mozzarella and rice into the cracked wheat and season to taste. Stir in the basil, heat through for 1 minute and serve hot.
- Cracked wheat is often labelled 'bulghur' wheat in the supermarkets, usually found alongside the dried beans and pulses.