Cooking With Nothing in the Cabinet: Cheesy Rice

Whether you’re on a budget or just too busy to go to the store, there are always times when we look into our cabinets and say “there’s nothing to eat!!” This is for those times. CWNITC is recipes for everything to sides, entrees, and desserts based on ingredients and items we have in our pantry, but just don’t know what to do with them.


This recipe is for a side of cheesy rice. You can add chicken/broccoli if you have any and make it a meal.  It’s simple and delicious.



  • 1 cup rice
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup Parmesan (or other grated cheese)
  • dash garlic powder/salt (optional)
  • dash of pepper
  • Broccoli or cooked chicken (optional; I didn’t have any, I just think it would taste good)


Add rice, water, 1/2 cup of the milk, butter, garlic salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally.  Once boiling add flour, stir until lumps are gone, and lower heat to a simmer.  Let simmer for 10 minutes (stirring once or twice), then add remaining milk and turn heat up. Stir until smooth, then add cheese.  Stir until no lumps, turn heat down, (add broccoli or cooked chicken here if you have some) and let simmer until rice is tender and sauce is slightly runnier than thickness desired.  Remove from heat and let cool (sauce will thicken).

Bon Appetit!

❤ S


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