slow cooker wild rice pilaf with sweet corn and fresh basil
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Slow Cooker Wild Rice Pilaf with Basil, Corn and Bell Pepper

Yield: 8 –10 servings
Prep Time:
10 mins
Slow Cooker Wild Rice Pilaf with Basil, Corn, and Bell Pepper. A summer spin on classic rice pilaf that's perfect for barbecues and easy dinners. No oven!


  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 medium sweet onions — or yellow onions, chopped (about 3 cups)
  • 2 cloves garlic — minced
  • 2 large red bell peppers — chopped (about 3 1/2 cups)
  • 3/4 cup uncooked wild rice blend — rinsed and drained (I love this onethis is another option, though it is not gluten free)
  • 1 cup frozen whole kernel corn — or corn cut from the cob
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup toasted pine nuts — or chopped toasted pecans
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil


  1. Lightly coat a 3- to 4 1/2-quart slow cooker with nonstick spray. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onions and garlic. Cook just until the onions begin to soften, about 5 minutes.
  2. To the slow cooker, add the onion mixture, bell peppers, uncooked rice, corn, salt, and pepper. Pour 1 1/2 cups very hot water over the top. Stir to combine, cover, and cook 3 1/2 to 4 hours on low or 2 to 3 hours on high.
  3. When ready to serve, stir in the lemon juice, toasted pine nuts, and basil. Taste and add additional salt as desired. Enjoy warm.

Recipe Notes

  • Cooking times can vary widely based on the model and size of your slow cooker. Be sure to check the rice early, especially if you are using a larger-size slow cooker, to make sure it does not overcook.
  • Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Reheat gently in the microwave.
Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Healthy Slow Cooker Recipe, Slow Cooker Wild Rice Pilaf with Basil, Corn and Bell Pepper

Nutrition Information

Amount per serving (1 (of 10), about a heaping 3/4 cup each) — Calories: 133, Fat: 5g, Sodium: 173mg, Carbohydrates: 19g, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 6g, Protein: 4g

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