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Sarah's Rice Pilaf Recipe
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Sarah's Rice Pilaf
Orzo pasta and rice are cooked with butter, onion, garlic, and broth. See more
  • READY IN 50 mins

Sarah's Rice Pilaf

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"This is a delicious twist to traditional rice."

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Original recipe makes 4 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    35 mins

    50 mins


  1. Melt the butter in a lidded skillet over medium-low heat. Cook and stir orzo pasta until golden brown. Stir in onion and cook until onion becomes translucent, then add garlic and cook for 1 minute. Mix in the rice and chicken broth. Increase heat to high and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, 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 minutes, then fluff with a fork.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Sep 14, 2009

When I first decided to make this recipe, I was little dubious because the ingredients didn't seem too exciting. Boy, was I wrong! This dish was incredibly good...something that I would definitely make again! The taste/texture was similar to Rice-a-Roni, but so much better, without that packaged taste. I topped it with chopped chives for a little more color, and everyone loved it. Thanks so much for sharing!!!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Oct 13, 2009

Just average. While I wanted something more subtle to go with the main dish, I still was looking for something more flavorful than this. Surprising, since one would have thought that since I used a flavored, specialty orzo medley along with the onion, garlic and chicken broth, that wouldn't have been the case. Definitely needs a hint of seasoning of some sort. Still, a perfectly acceptable companion to a heartier, more robustly flavored main dish.

Apr 12, 2010

Outstanding recipe! Certainly proof that "the whole is greater than the sum of its parts." Served plain with roast chicken, turned the leftovers into fried rice the next day. Used organic chicken broth and brown basmati rice. To reduce cooking time for basmati rice, soak it in warm water to cover for 20 minutes, then drain & add to the pot.

Oct 08, 2009

Don't be mad; I wanted to rate this recipe even though I made changes. I used spaghetti broken into 1 inch pieces because I didn't have orzo. I left out the garlic and onion because I wanted it to taste "plain" so that it didn't compete with my flavorful main dish. So all I used was pasta, butter, rice, and broth and it was delicious!! Greater than the sum of its parts for sure, and very easy.

Apr 19, 2010

Perfect! I searched everywhere for a simple Rice Pilaf recipe with Orzo. This was exactly what I had in mind. So simple, yet SO flavorful. I did use long grain brown rice and low sodium chicken broth to make the dish slightly healthier. We will absolutely be making this a staple in our home :)

Sep 14, 2009

When I made this recipe, I found it to be a little, O.K., alot bland. But, I did use homemade chicken broth, and while very tasty, it was not overly salted. Perhaps using store bought broth would be more flavorful. I followed the recipe exactly, and I did feel the measurements are spot-on. It makes enough for four people, and the liquid ratio is perfect with the dry ingredients. Once I salted at the stove and the table, I found this to be a really tasty side dish I plan to serve again.

Apr 25, 2012

This recipe is delicious with a few additions! I always double the recipe but follow the steps exactly, except when it comes time to add the onion I also add diced carrots and mushrooms (I never measure this but its probably about 1/2-3/4 cup each). Then, when I add the stock I also include about 1/2-3/4 c. of frozen peas. After everything has cooked and the rice has absorbed all the liquid, I gently stir in about 1/4-1/2 lb. of slivered toasted almonds (I always end up buying the almonds raw and dry toasting them myself). With these additions my family and friends love this recipe, and I get requests for it all the time!

Oct 26, 2009

My husband and I both loved this recipe. I added half a green pepper like one of the other reviewers suggested, but other than that I followed the recipe exactly and it was perfect! Thanks for sharing!!


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  • Calories
  • 244 kcal
  • 12%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 40 g
  • 13%
  • Cholesterol
  • 18 mg
  • 6%
  • Fat
  • 6.5 g
  • 10%
  • Fiber
  • 1.5 g
  • 6%
  • Protein
  • 5.9 g
  • 12%
  • Sodium
  • 524 mg
  • 21%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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