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Simple Rice Pilaf

Simple rice pilaf that’s made with rice, orzo, seasonings, and broth & it only takes 30 minutes to make. This is a terrific side dish for chicken, pork, fish, or steak.

Simple Rice Pilaf

My daughter and I love potatoes as a side dish starch but my son loves white rice with soy sauce. I decided to switch up our normal rice recently and tried a recipe I found on Life Made Simple. This rice pilaf was perfectly cooked, fluffy, and really tasty. I loved that this simple side dish tastes great but also lets the main dish shine and it’s SO much better than boxed versions.

Simple Rice Pilaf

How to Make Simple Rice Pilaf

Heat the broth, butter, and seasonings in a small saucepan over medium-low heat and bring to a simmer. Side Note: You can also heat them up in the microwave if you prefer. 

Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat and add the orzo. Cook, stirring often, for 2-3 minutes or until golden brown. Side Note: Watch carefully so it doesn’t burn. 

Add the rinsed rice and cook, stirring often, for 2 minutes. Add the hot broth mixture to the rice & orzo then bring to a boil. Stir to combine then cover and reduce heat to low and cook undisturbed for 20 minutes.

Remove from the heat and allow to sit undisturbed (don’t remove the lid!) for 5  minutes. Remove the lid and add the parsley and fluff with a fork. Pour into a serving bowl and serve immediately. Enjoy.

Simple Rice Pilaf

Simple Rice Pilaf

Simple Rice Pilaf

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
Author: Adapted by Pam - For the Love of Cooking / Original by Life Made Simple

Equipment

  • Small Saucepan
  • Large saucepan

Ingredients

  • 2 cups chicken broth **Use vegetable broth for vegetarian version
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • Pinch of onion powder, to taste
  • Pinch of paprika, to taste
  • Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • ¼ cup orzo **You can also use vermicelli
  • ¾ cup long-grain rice, rinsed per package instructions **You can also use basmati or jasmine rice
  • 1 tbsp fresh parsley, finely chopped

Instructions

  • Heat the broth, butter, and seasonings in a small saucepan over medium-low heat and bring to a simmer. Side Note: You can also heat them up in the microwave if you prefer. 
  • Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat and add the orzo. Cook, stirring often, for 2-3 minutes or until golden brown. Side Note: Watch carefully so it doesn't burn. 
  • Add the rinsed rice and cook, stirring often, for 2 minutes. Add the hot broth mixture to the rice & orzo then bring to a boil. Stir to combine then cover and reduce heat to low and cook undisturbed for 20 minutes. 
  • Remove from the heat and allow to sit undisturbed (don't remove the lid!) for 5  minutes. Remove the lid and add the parsley and fluff with a fork. Pour into a serving bowl and serve immediately. Enjoy. 
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