How to Make: Rice Pilaf

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READY IN: 32mins
Recipe by Clever Cooking

Rice is one of the oldest foods that we know of that is still eaten today. perhaps that is why there are hundreds of variations for Rice Pilaf... and this is our version. Even my brother who doesn't like rice, reaches for seconds on this!

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 3 cups cooking liquid (water or combination of water and chicken stock)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup white rice
  • 1 cup orzo pasta (found in the pasta department)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 12 teaspoon parsley
  • 12 teaspoon sage
  • 12 teaspoon rosemary
  • 12 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 dash pepper
  • 14 cup slivered almonds (optional)
  • garnish with parsley flakes and sliced almonds


  1. In a saucepan, bring liquid to a rolling boil.
  2. In the meantime, melt butter in a skillet on medium heat. Add rice, orzo, salt and spices -- slivered almonds if you like. Stir to mix in butter, spices and to lightly brown. Turn down the rice as low as possible. Pour boiling liquid into the skillet…carefully because the water will be further heated by the hot rice. Cover with a lid and leave on low heat for 20 minutes to finish cooking.
  3. Turn off heat and remove the lid to see how you did!
  4. Fluff up the rice with a fork. Transfer to a serving dish and garnish.

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