Rice pilaf is SO easy to make! Pasta is toasted in butter with rice and then cooked in broth until tender. Serve with chicken or fish for an easy side dish.
Let’s talk pilaf. Since I was a kid I thought rice pilaf sounded disgusting. Now keep in mind I never actually tasted it, it only sounded gross. Pilaf. I mean come on can you blame me?!
But as soon as I found out that you fry the noodles in butter I was sold! Why didn’t they tell me this when I was a kid?
You can use vermicelli noodles and break those up into tiny pieces if you want, which I believe that is “traditional” but if you don’t want the hassle, try using orzo! It was really fun to make, well as much fun as making rice can be, but the frying in butter really makes the rice look fancy! Give it a try! You’ll be hooked!
To Make This Simple Rice Pilaf You Will Need:
- chicken broth
- long grain rice
Melt the butter in a medium pan over medium to medium high heat until it melts and gets hot and bubbly.
Toss in the Orzo…
When the orzo turns a little golden throw in the rice and stir to combine.
Pour in the broth and water. Give it a good stir and bring to boil. Then reduce heat to a simmer and cover with a heavy lid. If your lid isn’t heavy use a plate that fits the pot. Cook for 15 minutes at a simmer.
*Test the plate out before you begin to make sure!
After the 15 minutes are up, remove from the heat and let it sit for 10 more minutes.
And when you pull the lid or plate off… VIOLA!! Beauteous!!
Fluff with a fork… and take a bite… or two… or three, then season with salt and pepper if it needs it!… And now pat yourself on the back!
This is a great side to chicken or fish!
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