In 2 qt. saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Add onion, red pepper and garlic; cook and stir 3 minutes. Stir in broth, pepper and dried basil, if using. Bring to a boil. Stir in rice; return to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer 15 minutes. stir in beans and fresh basil, if using. Cover; continue cooking for 3-5 minutes or until all liquid is absorbed and rice is tender. Stir in almonds just before serving. To toast almonds, spread almonds on baking sheet. Bake in preheated 350 degrees F oven for 7-10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until golden.
By Robin from Washington, IA
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