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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

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  1. My mom used to make the boxed version of this all the time and I have been craving it lately. Definitely going to try this from-scratch version!