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Easy to make rice pilaf in a bowl with a wooden spoon scooping some out
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Easy Rice Pilaf

Easy rice pilaf, a delicious and simple side dish with flavorful rice and orzo. Easy to make and great with any main. 
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Resting Time5 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy rice pilaf recipe, rice pilaf
Servings: 4
Calories: 244kcal
Author: Rachael


  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup orzo pasta
  • 1/2 cup onion diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 cup white long grain rice uncooked
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • ½ tsp Dried Parsley
  • ¼ cup Parmesan Grated


  • In a large skillet over medium-low heat, melt butter *Note, you need a lid for the skillet for later
  • Add orzo pasta to butter, and cook and stir orzo until golden brown.
  • Once orzo pasta is golden, stir in onion and cook until onion becomes translucent.
  • Add garlic and cook for 1 minute until fragrant.
  • Add in the rice, and stir to coat with oil. Add chicken broth, salt, and parsley. Stir well, then increase heat to high and bring to a boil.
  • Once boiling, reduce heat to medium-low, cover skillet with lid, and simmer until the rice is tender, and the liquid has been absorbed, 20 to 25 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and let stand for 5 minute
  • Stir in parmesan, then fluff with a fork.
  • Taste, and adjust seasoning as needed.



Calories: 244kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 19mg | Sodium: 1165mg | Potassium: 191mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 225IU | Vitamin C: 10.1mg | Calcium: 99mg | Iron: 0.7mg