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Rice Pilaf

Rice Pilaf is the easy and tasty side dish that's perfect for nearly any main course and ready in 30 minutes!
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time25 minutes
Total Time35 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: French, Italian
Servings: 8


  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 cups long grain white rice rinsed until water runs clear
  • 1 cup orzo
  • 1 large onion finely diced
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 5 1/2 cups low-sodium chicken stock
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup flat-leaf Italian parsley minced


  • Heat an enamaled Dutch oven, or nonstick pot to medium heat with the butter. Add the orzo and brown for 3 minutes, then add the rice and cook for another 2 minutes making sure to thoroughly coat the rice with the butter.
  • Add the onion and cook for another 3-4 minutes or until softened, then add the garlic and thoroughly mix to coat.
  • Add the stock, salt, and pepper and mix. Bring to a boil. Once boiling, cover the pot and turn the heat down to low. Cook until the rice absorbs all of the liquid and is tender (about 17-20 minutes).
  • Remove the pot from the heat and let sit for 5 minutes, covered.
  • Remove the lid, and add the rice to a large bowl and fluff with a fork. Mix in the parsley and serve. Enjoy!


  • Washing the rice is highly recommended.  It removes starch and makes the rice grains separate more easily.
  • Depending on the type of rice and the exact amount of heat, the cooking time after covering will be anywhere from 15-20 minutes.  Cook the rice until the liquid completely evaporates, then let it sit covered, off the heat, for another 5 minutes before fluffing.
  • Leftovers can be saved for up to 2 days in the fridge and can be reheated in the microwave.


Calories: 337kcal | Carbohydrates: 49.7g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 12.2g | Saturated Fat: 7.4g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 422mg | Potassium: 157mg | Fiber: 2.2g | Sugar: 2.6g | Calcium: 51mg | Iron: 3mg